If your Seiko Kinetic stops soon after you have stopped wearing it (overnight) and it is over 10 years old, it will require a "Seiko Upgrade Kit" and a Full Service.
Seiko Kinetic watches are designed with a very special circuit that compensates for heavy loads, such as when the Day/Date is changing at midnight or if the watch is knocked as the seconds hand is moving.
When a heavy load is encountered the watch switches to high power mode to keep it at the correct time, the power used jumps from 0.7 Micro Amps to over 8 Micro Amps and this is about twelve times the normal power.
The problem is that the watch will eventually stay in this high power mode. This is caused by the gas escaping from the Capacitor over the years; this gas cannot escape out of the watch case and condensates on the mechanism and contaminates the oils making the movement very stiff. The only solution is to clean the movement thoroughly.
It is no use just changing the cell without cleaning the movement as it is just a waste of money, it will not hold a charge for more than a few weeks.
We fit the new Seiko upgrade kit, containing a rechargeable Accumulator (Titanium Carbon Lithium Ion), which is fitted in Seiko's new Kinetic watches.
This Seiko upgrade kit will provide power for months of inactivity as it is 30 times more powerful and should last at the very least 20 years.
There are people just changing the cell for about £40 on eBay, with no guarantee; so why not get it done properly.
What We Do
We disassemble the movement completely, and then we ultrasonically clean all the parts to remove the dirt, old oils and greases.
We replace any movement worn parts (no extra charge) with genuine Seiko parts. We will not come back to you, saying it requires this and that.
We re-assemble the movement, oil and grease all the parts with Seiko recommended lubricants.
We upgrade the old capacitor with the very latest cell (Titanium Carbon Lithium Ion).
We check the timing of your watch on our timing machine and also test the power used, to ensure it is within specification.
We replace the seals as required.
We pressure test to the original pressure to ensure it is water-resistant.
We ultrasonically clean your watch bracelet to get the dirt and grit out of it, that's wearing it away.
We return your watch in 6 to 11 days (average 7 days) with no hidden charges and by Royal Mail Insured "Special Delivery" to any address.
Tips on looking after your Kinetic watch
Don't keep it on a radiator shelf.
We have tested some of these Accumulators that are out of Seiko Kinetics that are now 10 years old and they are almost as good as new, so should last at least 20 years if kept cool and charged.