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I was given a kinetic watch about 10 years ago and it only lasted about 6 months. I never liked the watch and after contacting multiple online "kinetic repair specialists" - i decided to not fix it.

I am not new to Seiko - having a 007 Diver that I purchased in January of 1989. I recently had it overhauled because i love that particular watch (it was with me in Desert Storm and during hundreds of combat missions) - but the guy could not seem to get the case demagnatized, so it still runs a little fast ( about 5 minutes a day).

So i am looking at jumping into a Seiko diver collection - and i want to start with a 007 replacement, i also want to pick up an OM, and a SPORK.

But i was wondering - the Kinetic Diver is nice looking too, yet i rarely read anything about them - are they still unreliable???
 

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The earlier ones developed a faulty capacitor that Seiko replaced with a Lithium Ion re-chargeable battery (much like the Citizen EcoDrives use). They are much more reliable since the switch. If you have an older one (Like I do) they can convert it over, and get it working again. Just like an automatic, the Kinetic's need to be worn to stay charged, but it doesn't take much to get them going if they run down. They also have direct drive Kinetic's that can be hand wound to charge the cell. Since it's a quartz watch they are very accurate.
 

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Thanks for the info. I have a new Seiko SRP043K1 "Pepsi" model ordered and on the way. I should have it by the end of the week and it will be the first Seiko purchase for me in quite a while. It will join my black 007 and my yellow and blue dial chronograph model 7T32-6K19.
 

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mine does very well, no problems at all after 2 years or so. I don't seem to wear it much but occasionally I'll pick it up and give it a shake untill it charges at least to the 20min mark.



I really wear my 175 all the time, it has sentimental reasons for me as well.

 

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Thanks for the info. I have a new Seiko SRP043K1 "Pepsi" model ordered and on the way. I should have it by the end of the week and it will be the first Seiko purchase for me in quite a while. It will join my black 007 and my yellow and blue dial chronograph model 7T32-6K19.
That Pepsi model must be a rare beast - a google image search didn't turn up a single image. Any chance of a pic, or at least post some here when you get yours?
Thanks

(and loving my Spork - seems to get more wear than any other watch. Sad it's been discontinued :sad:)
 

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Hey there Diver88, nice kinetic and love your HTF SKX175

I agree with Muttley, the 175's are pretty scarce and very hard to find.

To back up what Daron and the others have mentioned, the early ones had lack luster 1st generation capacitors that didnt store a great deal of energy, eventhough there great watches and can be upgraded to the modern capacitors, many guys love the newer offerings in the kinetic models, and sure there all pretty reliable and are of great quality IMO.

Good to see all of you gents! :thumbup1:
Jim



That Pepsi model must be a rare beast - a google image search didn't turn up a single image. Any chance of a pic, or at least post some here when you get yours?
Thanks

(and loving my Spork - seems to get more wear than any other watch. Sad it's been discontinued :sad:)
 

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Came in the mail today but wife wrapped it for xmas!!!:crying: as soon as i am able i will post pics! The blue is darker than i thought - which is good, it looks very nice with a nice polish on the case!
 

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congrats,:thumbup1:

the watch wears very comfortably for it's size IMO. that Pepsi is going to look great, looking forward to the pics.:drool:
 
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