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    Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Hey All:

    Today I saw a very beautiful Seiko kinetic---I was thinking of buying it. It was a kinetic perpetual date---with a month wheel. Let me say, it was beautiful! It was so solid, so well-made.

    I have absolutely no experience with kinetics---do they capture anything near the feeling of owning/wearing an automatic?

    Can you truly feel the rotor as you do in an automatic?

    How long does the battery last?

    For that matter, how many swings of the rotor before the battery is fully charged?

    Regards,

    Angelis

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I will answer, but here's my experience.

    Yes, you can feel/hear the rotor turning.. more so than most automatics I own.

    Fully charged, I think they last months. I'm not sure if mine ever fully charged. I heard something like 20,000 rotations for a full charge. As the battery runs down, it does that 2-second tick to conserve energy.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Thanks PaulGeo:


    That's good info. The only thing that just bugs me about the Kinetics is that they are not pure automatics---there is a battery, which indicates there is some sort of quartz-powered circuit movement as well---just all is charged by the rotor? Is this the case with Kinetics?

    Thanks,

    Angelis

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    That is essentially it. Instead of a disposable battery being used up, or a battery being charged by light, it's charged by the movement of the rotor. The second hand ticks just like a quartz.

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    Question Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Anyone know the projected life expectancy of the rechargable battery in a kinetic?

    I read that there was an earlier capacitor problem with the previous generation that lead to the switch to a rechargable Li battery.

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis
    The only thing that just bugs me about the Kinetics is that they are not pure automatics---there is a battery, which indicates there is some sort of quartz-powered circuit.
    Quartz................

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy
    Anyone know the projected life expectancy of the rechargable battery in a kinetic?

    I read that there was an earlier capacitor problem with the previous generation that lead to the switch to a rechargable Li battery.
    The kinetics cost $150 more than comparable quartz models which run
    five years on a battery. Is not having to change the battery every five
    years worth the extra cost and added risk of an expensive repair job when
    the rechargeable battery goes bad?

    I personally prefer the Seiko 5 automatics which are known to run 15+
    years without any maintenance. Also, the mechanical movement is
    cool to look at through a display back.

    - Mooron

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooron
    I personally prefer the Seiko 5 automatics which are known to run 15+ years without any maintenance. Also, the mechanical movement is
    cool to look at through a display back.- Mooron
    I'll second that!

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    I just picked up a seiko landmaster kinetic. It is titanium, and has a 6 month battery reserve. charging it is easy, and it is functionally equivalent to an automatic - at least as far as I am concerned. I own a Rolex Sea Dweller and an Orsa Black Sea Angler. Both are automatic, and are similarly trouble free - and run for long periods without wearing.
    Also, it takes 250 "swings" to add one days charge to the watch. It shipped with a 6 month power reserve - and there is a power reserve indicator announced in the owner's manual.



    I am a fan of kinetics, mechanical watches, and of the ecodrive quartz made by Citizen. Each to his or her own, however.

    dmuss



    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis
    Hey All:


    Today I saw a very beautiful Seiko kinetic---I was thinking of buying it. It was a kinetic perpetual date---with a month wheel. Let me say, it was beautiful! It was so solid, so well-made.

    I have absolutely no experience with kinetics---do they capture anything near the feeling of owning/wearing an automatic?

    Can you truly feel the rotor as you do in an automatic?

    How long does the battery last?

    For that matter, how many swings of the rotor before the battery is fully charged?

    Regards,

    Angelis
    Last edited by dmuss; April 7th, 2006 at 22:42. Reason: typo removal

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    Re: Anyone for Seiko Kinetics?

    I love those Kinetic Monsters B-)


    Just received two :silver :


    210 grams of steel ! !


    But also nice with rubber :-D



    Comparison with my "normal" monster... :oops:


    These kinetics are awesome
    Monsters rule

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