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Can I use an ordinary button cell in a seiko kinetic

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I have been trained by a Master watch maker and I have worked on many Seiko Kinetic watches. Yes the original watches came with a capacitor that is charged by your arm movement. But unfortunately, they seem to only last a few years. All replacements are now done with a Lithium Ion battery that is much better and lasts longer than the original capacitor. This is the correct solution and don't try to use a battery type that is used in other quartz watches.

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NO!
Silver Oxide and Nickel Cadmium batteries are NOT meant to be recharged. They will leak and very often burst.
Seiko Kinetics must only be fitted with Lithium Ion or Titanium Lithium Ion batteries. They are designed to be recharged by the movement
of the pendulum (hence the "Kinetic" appelation) and the newer Titanium model will last 20 years.

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The kinetics have an internal capacitor tol hold electricity for the quartz movement.the power comes from a tiny generator connect to a moving mechanism.the battery is not helpfull.you need a new capacitor or better a lithium ion battery{lasts longer!}

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Hello,
A Seiko kinetic watch uses your arm movement to store electric energie in a capacitor. I do not think that it has a battery. If you leave it motionless for several hours, it runs out of energy.
I had a Seiko automatic for years, close to 15 and never needed a battery. But then so that I don't mislead you, check you manual. Here is a link.

Hope it helps.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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