Replacing a Seiko Kenetic Capacitor

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  1. D N Ravenna

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    Hello All,

    Perhaps not your run of the mill problem, but you might be able to use the information. I have detailed it below with text and pictures. The pictures may take some while to load especially if you do not have broadband.

    Happy Easter All!

    Dan

    Link to the instructions

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  2. D N Ravenna

    D N Ravenna Guest

    Hello All,

    Perhaps not your run of the mill problem, but you might be able to use the information. I have detailed it below with text and pictures. The pictures may take some while to load especially if you do not have broadband.

    Happy Easter All!

    Dan

    Link to the instructions

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  3. Dr. Jon

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    Dan That is a great post and I have the problem.

    One thing I might suggest. Jogging really winds a watch. Before teh cap on my Kinetic failed, I could get it to max in about 2 miles.

    I once tried it with a La Coultre powermatic and had to return after less than 1/4 mile as I had maxed its reserve

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  4. D N Ravenna

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    Hi Dr. Jon,

    Well this capacitor upgrade is the trick! It is a battery and has much more storing power. For instance, I gave it 2,000 swirls, and put it to rest Friday night. Here it is, Tuesday night, and the power reserve has yet to drop!

    Thanks!

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  5. Steve Maddox

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    I don't ordinarily work on quartz watches, but a good friend of mine came to me with a Seiko Kinetic a while back, and I told him I'd do what I could for it.

    I haven't had time to read the article above (or download it -- slow connection), but my "solution" was to s*** can the "capacitor," and replace it with a standard battery.

    That's been about two years ago, and the watch has yet to miss a lick. I'd guess that the charging mechanism helps to extend the life of a standard battery, but in any event, the standard battery has already lasted nearly twice as long as the original "capacitor," and it cost about 35 cents.

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  6. Dr. Jon

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    That a battery even a stroage battery holds more charge than a capacitor is simple physics. I do miss the capactor, however. The attraction of the capacitor is that at least in theory it can be dry (although there are wet capacitors). I liked this because it allowed the kinetic to be stored indefinitely, which I am reliuctant to do with quartz watches OTW as a leaky battery makes a mess of th emovement and possible more.

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  7. D N Ravenna

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    Just an update... I just wanted to let you know that the replacement of the capacitor on my 3M22 with the rechargeable battery has been an outstanding success! It has been 6 days since I "shook" it about 2,000 times, and the power reserve has not dropped at all! Keep in mind that on this movement, the original capacitor was good for only 3 days when fully charged. Evidently, the data Seiko put out and I included in my little write-up seems to be correct!

    I wish I had thought of the idea of using a battery instead, but I like the fact that the rotor does actually perform a function. So I have to say I am quite pleased.

    Regards,

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  8. D N Ravenna

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    Please try the following site.

    click here

    It is where I purchased the capacitor for my Seiko.

    Regards,
    Dan

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  9. Kevin W.

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    Too bad these links dont work. I wonder how many swirls one makes in a average day. Obviously some people do move more. I think for walking i most likely give the watch the most movements.
     
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    Considering this thread is over 16 years old, I wouldn't expect the links to work.... would've been better if NAWCC hosted the info.
     

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