Question about Watches
The Seiko Kinetics use a capacitor instead of a battery. The pendulum swings (you can watch the pendulum swing through the clear window on the back of some Kinetics) and the swinging pendulum works the rotor which charges the capacitor.
I have replaced over 100 capacitors for other people and in my experience capacitors will last 2 to 5 years depending on the model of the watch watch. The early models such as the 5M23 series will not last as long as the 5M43 or the Auto Relay for example.
The capacitor itself costs about 20 dollars and an experienced person will probably charge 40 to 60 dollars more for installation.
Since the case back must be opened always have the innards lubricated as per Seiko's specific oils and techniques.
An ethical repair person will also install a new gasket for the back.
The gasket can dry and shrink, which allows contaminants to enter the watch innards.
I urge you to avoid discounted Capacitors or off-brand Capacitors; they are cheap up front but costly later.
Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Had the same problem on my Seiko kinetic a good few years back and I had to get a part replaced in it
Posted on Dec 02, 2009
I habe seiko kinetic work and stop work
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Here is the information from the website. The link to the manual is provided below. HOW TO CHARGE AND START THE WATCH Swing the watch from side to side approximately 50 times. * Before swinging the watch, check and remember where the minute hand is so that you can tell if the start-up indicator has worked or not. First, check that the crown is at the normal position. * If the crown is pulled out and the watch is swung, the start-up indicator will not work even if the watch starts operating. * Swing rhythmically at a rate of twice a second. * No additional benefit is obtained by swinging the watch more quickly or with greater vigor. * When the watch is swung, the oscillating weight in the generating system rotates to drive the mechanism. As it rotates, it gives out a sound, which is not a malfunction. 1 2 The minute hand moves quickly and stops as the watch starts operating. (Start-up indicator) Then, it will move at 20-second intervals. 3 After checking that the minute hand has done this, pull out the crown to set the time. 4 After pushing back the crown in to the normal position, swing the watch further approximately 350 times to reserve one day of power, and then, put the watch on your wrist. http://www.seikowatches.com/support/ib/pdf/1m20_e.pdf Good luck, Techjoel
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
SOURCE: my seiko kinetic watch stops
Further to the previous solution...
Despite Seiko's claims regarding never having to change the 'battery', the power storage unit or ECU in Seiko-speak (not technically a 'battery') does eventually need replacing. From the symptoms you describe, it sounds as if the 'battery' on this watch is on its last legs as it is no longer charging properly. The good news is that it doesn't have to be an expensive job to have it replaced (providing you avoid going through the local jeweller <==> Seiko chain!). There are companies on the Internet who offer a replacement 'battery' service. I've used one in the past and was very satisfied with both the cost and the good service. A Google Search will probably return a choice of several in your country. Btw, if you have had your Seiko Kinetic for a few years, its probably worth paying a bit more and having it overhauled (clean and oil the movement and replace the watertight seals) at the same time.
Posted on Jul 06, 2009
You have a bad capacitor. You can either try to repair this yourself with a special upgrade kit for about $20 (and maybe screw it up) or pay an expert who will do it right for $67.
For an extra $20 he'll do a pressure test on it to be sure it is water-proof but since this is a pro you really don't need to worry about it on a non dive watch.
Posted on Jun 13, 2010
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