Seiko Kinetic Charging Information


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I take watches in for repair by mail only. There are some watches that I cannot acquire parts for, or that are too worn out to repair, so please call me, Stephen Thomas, at 503- 239-1859 or e-mail me at to inquire about repair of your watch. For my address and a form to fill out for sending your watch, click on the Sending Your Watch link at the top of the page. When e-mailing, please include your phone number and turn off your spam blocker so my reply will get through.


I do not sell parts, or do appraisals. Please do not ask.



Seiko Kinetic watches are designed with a special circuit that compensates for excess loads such as would be caused by gummy oil, dirt, or rust. When an excess load is encountered in your Kinetic watch, extra current is automatically sent through your Kinetic watch. The extra current will keep your watch running well past the time that it should be cleaned and oiled. The extra current consumed can also cause the capacitor to discharge so quickly that your activity cannot keep it charged. When I receive your Seiko kinetic watch for repair I hook it up to a specially designed meter that tells me the drain rate your watch has, if your watch has a high drain rate it will need to be cleaned and oiled, in addition to a new capacitor. I also visually inspect the gaskets, crown, and case for wear and make recommendations on their replacement also. If you have had a new capacitor installed in your watch and it starts to act the same as it did before the new capacitor was installed, you may need to have your watch cleaned and oiled also.

Important note about charging:

I have found that the new capacitors are so efficient compared to the older capacitors that the charging indicators do not properly register the watches charge. So do not be alarmed if your watch does not show the full charge you are used to.



Some of the Seiko models I repair:   Kinetic Auto Relay,  Kinetic GMT,  Kinetic Chronograph,   Seiko Kinetic Sports 100, Seiko Kinetic 5m42 Seiko Kinetic 5m43.