purchased an Omega Speedmaster (Man on the Moon) watch in the
mid 90s, I decided to give my lovely Seiko Kinetic Arctura a rest.
It had become increasingly difficult to get it to hold a charge
and required constant movement. In any case, I filed it away in
a drawer for something like 6 years. When I decided to pull it
out to admire recently, I found that it held no charge at all
and would not function - Strange I thought, as Seiko usually makes
workhorses that last and last, and furthermore, this particular
watch was advertised as self powered (that is, the electronic
crystal based works are kinetically powered through the owner's
daily activities. (a little off the subject - my casio G-Shocks
have been running nonstop without a battery change for more than
11 years!!) - In any case, Seiko was pushing the envelope at the
time with this technology and installed capacitors that would
not last. I am actually surprised that they did not issue a recall
or take responsibility for this - I suppose this is where being
obsessed with cutting edge technology gets you.
did, however, manufacture a new bracket and rechargeable battery
(instead of the capacitor) for the watch, and if you want to get
your old Seiko Kinetic to function again, it should not cost you
much more than $20http://www.swatchbattery.com
- or in the UK see www.qualitybatteries.co.uk
- If you are reasonably handy and have decent eyesight then you
should be able to do this yourself. Disclaimers are popular these
days, so I will have to say I accept no responsibility or blame
for anything that might occur to you, your watch, or your surroundings
if you decide to take things into your own hands and fix your
watch yourself.- (the popular rate seems to be something like
$90 to have the bracket and battery overhaul including gasket
replacement and general cleaning done for you). For a look at
an early Seiko
AGS c.1988 repair see Harald Bodhal's Norwegian site.
are a couple different battery/bracket combos for these kinetics
with slight variations on mounting - the one I am dealing with
here is Seiko Kinetic Capacitor and Bracket 3023 5MZ for MODELS
SKJ AND SKH, CALIBERS 5M22, 5M23, 5M42, 5M43, 7M22, 7M42. The
3023 5MZ Kit that I purchased from swatchbattery.com came with
a Maxell TC-9205 lithum battery, bracket, and insulator.
the four screws on the outer front face of the watch. Lift watch
face and crystal from watch body. Once you have removed metal face
and crystal you will have access to the actual dial. (careful not
to lose the case gasket (rubber o ring that keeps watch water tight
- note where this is if you need to get it back on). Be careful
not to damage hands of watch as they are quite fragile. In order
to remove works from watch case you will need to detach the stem
(spindle attached to the crown) from the works. First pull crown
outwards as if you were going to set the watch. Notice that there
is a little dimpled lever imbedded between the case and watch face
(see orange arrow above). Depress the lever with a small screw driver,
toothpick or pin. This may take a little fussing. Rest assured that
given the right pressure and angle, this will release the stem from
the works and body of the watch. Make sure that you are placing
all of your parts carefully in a safe container (these parts can
be as extremely small so heed my words - These tiny screws will
just disappear if you are not mindful) - Pull the stem by the crown
out of watch.
the crown and stem have been removed - place the crystal face back
over the inner works, and turn watch face down in your palm and
let inner works (now set into the crystal face) fall into your hand.
While preventing the rotor weight from turning (the half circle
of heavy metal that translates your movement to the rotor gear)
remove the rotor screw. This is the largish screw found dead center
in the back of works. (see above orange arrow)
is what the movement should look like after you have removed the
central rotor screw - Note the the primary gear (orange arrow) here
is slightly convex and engages the much smaller gear to the right.
You need to tweezer this main gear off of the movement and place
it aside with your other various parts. It will come off quite easily.
Once you have removed this main gear you will have access to the
capacitor bracket/cover, You will need to unscrew the two screws
of the battery bracket (indicated by pink arrows.)
the red transparent insulator, Take note of orientation and how
it fits over tiny plastic registration knobs.
have to slide the capacitor out of compartment by pulling to the
right and up - Note the brass appendages and their proper orientation.
is how the movement should look at this point.
here is the replacement battery, insulator, and bracket. One has
only to reverse the process of disassembly to return watch to former
glory. Make sure not to over tighten screws - A stripped thread
will be a major problem for you - so careful. Make sure that body
gasket is in place properly with retaining ring, and button the
machine up. You should now be the proud owner of a beautiful working
Seiko Kinetic watch.
here a little all purpose precision screwdriver set - You can most
likely find one of these at True Value. You will quickly see if
your set will serve your purposes. I had to sharpen the end blade
on these with very fine 220 grit sandpaper. I primarily did my repairs
with the 1.4mm and the 2.4mm units. You will also need tweezers.
If you can get a hold of a watchmaker's tools well then you are
you find these instructions useful? Let me know. If you would like to
make a small (50¢ cents(25p pence) and up) contribution to my paypal
account that would be really great!!! But no pressure though. You could
just let me know that things worked out and that would be thanks enough.
Scott is a Boston based Clock designer and fine artist - Scott's work
has appeared in fine pub;ications such as Wallpaper Magazine, Artforum,
The Boston Globe - and has been showni in galleries and showrooms throughout
the world including, Japan, France, New York, and Stockholm.