Question about Seiko Kinetic watch
After wearing my watch for 12-14 hours daily it goes dead overnight. I have owned this watch for close to 10 years and have been satisfied. help.
For sure it is time to replace that old capacitor and replace it with the latest solution that uses a Lithium Ion battery. Find a good experienced repair person to do this for you. I do this daily and I am a Certified Master Horologist/watch repairman.. Ron at TimelyWatchRepair.com
Posted on Dec 12, 2009
The latest 3rd generation batteries for the Seiko Kinetic are not only Lithium but Titanium Lithium. They will last approximately 20 years.
There are videos on YouTube on how to change your battery. There are also at least 4 web sites I have found with extensive photos and text describing how to replace the battery.
I am simply a retired Physician but I have replaced over 100 Ti-Li-Ion batteries for other people, without problems. Just use common sense: plastic tweezers instead of metal, be certain not to touch the - and + terminals at the same time, etc.
You can expect to pay about 20 dollars just for the battery. Jewelers are getting outrageous fees for replacing the battery in a Seiko Kinetic, considering how easy it is.
Be very careful because jewelers have the old Lithium batteries in stock and they are putting those into watches instead of being ethical and installing the newest Titanium batteries.
The new Titanium batteries have advantages; for example an M62 or M63 model will keep stored energy for 6 months without ever being worn. I am testing the M42 and M43 models now, and expect they will give 2 to 3 months reserve power if just left sitting.
I do caution you against letting your Seiko Kinetic battery run down completely. That will degrade any Lithium battery, watch, camera, etc. If your battery gets close to exhaustion be certain to recharge it.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 23, 2013
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