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My wife bought this watch for me on my 21st birthday, which was 8 years ago now. That fact alone speaks volumes. I convinced her with unsubtle hints that I wanted a kinetic watch because I was intrigued by the idea. No batteries, just powered by the movement of your wrist (no rude jokes please - we're British!).
At that time, the watch cost a handsome £150. Which considering we were only in our early twenties and still at university, was a very generous and thoughtful present. I'm sure there are cheaper versions now, but that fact is irrelevant. This watch has stood the test of time, no pun intended. Hopefully not to jinx a good thing I can tell you that it still works and I have never had any trouble with it. Wearing it day in day out keeps it fully charged. If you are unsure, how much charge is left, press the button on the top right and the second hand spins to tell you. 10 seconds is 2 weeks charge (I think from memory), 20 seconds is a month? And 30 seconds, well, that's the best you can get. Of course, that is based on there being no movement at all from you for that time. Which is of course daft, unless you take your watch off and leaving it lying about the house for no apparent reason. As I have been known to do. But even then, in the last 8 years, I've never had it run out of charge. If it does get low and I'm bored, I sit there shaking it to charge it back up to full charge, but that's not necessary, simple movements throughout the day would do the same. You'd be surprised just how much you move your arm and thus your wrist during the day.
I can't really speak on the diving water resistance, as I've never been diving wearing it, but I have had showers, baths and been swimming without any trouble. The watch itself is a solid construction, the strap has never broken, its easy to keep clean and surprisingly it hasn't scratched much over the years. Simple design, it still looks modern and aesthetically pleasing. If it broke, for whatever reason, I'd happily buy another and expect the same amount of use out of it. I can't see that happening though. Seiko made a good watch here.
The face glows in the dark, just the right amount to tell the time and it keeps the date and time perfectly, what more could you want?
I'd recommend it to anyone. No batteries. No hassle. Brilliant watch.
p.s. the model pictured doesn't have the same face as mine, there's a vareity to choose from apparently! :)
I own two Seiko Kinetic watches, I don't like paying for batteries, I'd rather recharge them and that's what a Seiko Kinetic wristwatch does. You have two choices with Seiko, Kinetic, which charges a battery or automatic which is mechanical and self winding.
The two watches I have share the same movement but the case, face and bracelets are different. From here on I'll talk about them as if I have one because they perform identically.
My watch keeps excellent time, I adjust my watch twice a year, when the clocks change, there is never more than two seconds variance and I love that I can tell someone else the time with confidence. Likewise if I am told I am late I always reply "No, your watch is wrong!"
My watch has a day and date wheel which will gives a three letter abbreviation for the day of the week and can be adjusted to show the days of the week in French as well as English.... Not a lot of use but I've included the information for clarity!
The watch can be adjusted easily, pull the crown until it clicks once and the date can be adjusted by rotating clockwise, the day is adjusted by turning anticlockwise. The crown needs to be pulled all the way out to adjust the time.
There is one button on the case and this is to obtain an indication of battery level. On pressing the button the second hand moves in increments of ten seconds so if the hand advances ten seconds the charge level is low, twenty seconds for several weeks charge stored and thirty seconds for maximum charge of six months. The second hand will remain still until the time catches up when movement begins again.
When the watch has no power stored a couple of shakes will start the second hand moving and to make you aware that a charge is required it moves two seconds at a time.
All Kinetic watches are waterproof and some are self setting, I do not own a self setting model but I know someone that does and he has told me that when he catches a flight abroad and passes a time zone the watch whizzes forwards or backwards by an hour!
When your watch turns up or you go and buy it give it a shake and you can feel the charging mechanism moving around inside, it's hard to know exactly what's happening in there by guesswork but it sounds and feels like some kind of circular metallic charging thingy is in there.
Both bracelets I have are very good quality, neither have broken or are showing signs of wear. The links are good quality and the double action clasp makes sure there's no chance of it falling off your wrist. I do get my watch serviced every couple of years and it costs around £35 a time, for this they open it up, give it a clean and replace the waterproof seal.