Tip & How-To about Seiko Watches

Money saving Tip about Seiko Kinetics

Seiko makes genuine Seiko capacitors for the various Seiko Kinetic watches.
The Seiko capacitor 3023 5MZ is about 16 dollars on Amazon right now, it fits the 5M42 and 5M43 Kinetic.
The Seiko capacitor 3023 44Z is about 26 dollars on Amazon. It is for the 5M62 and 5M63 Kinetic models.
However the less expensive 3023 5MZ replaces the 3023 44Z for 10 dollars less.
And also comes with the 2 accessories I like to replace when I install a new capacitor, the metal hold-down, and the Mylar insulator.
The 3023 44Z, although more expensive, does not include either.

Both capacitors are the TC920S.

Don't waste money buying the 3023 44Z.
Get the 3023 5MZ instead. It is 10 dollars cheaper and the same thing.

(Use plastic tweezers always, and don't touch the contacts, ever.)

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how much is a capacitor


The Capacitor itself is 20 dollars. There are different Capacitors for the different Calibers (models) of watch. If you want to install the Capacitor itself I recommend swatchbattery.com. They have a long and clear list of which Capacitor for which Caliber. And they have 2 brief tutorials on how to install the Capacitor. I do NOT recommend it if you are not very very comfortable working deep inside a watch. This is far different than simply replacing a battery in a Casio or Citizen, where the battery is "on the surface" and extremely easy to reach. This involves some special tools and special skills.

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Feb 04, 2013 | Seiko Kinetic watch

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I do not know how to wind up my watch, while a swing to a later no.Please answer me.Model hours a Seiko Kinetic 5M62-0B40.Thank you


This watch operates on a capacitor which is charged by movement. It does not wind, but it has a weight that charges the capacitor by motion.

Take the watch in hand by placing your fingers under the caseback and your thumb on the crystal. Use a horizontal motion (landscape) to move the watch back and forth quickly approximately one foot left and right. You should feel the internal weight move.

Do this for at least five minutes. If the watch does not start to operate (the second hand does not move at one second increments) then either the capacitor must be replaced, or the movement is defective.

You may send the watch directly to Seiko for service, or I would strongly suggest visiting your local Certified Master Horologist for what is usually a free assessment and estimate of the repair.

If you are following the above directions, you have done nothing wrong, but the movement or capacitor needs to be replaced.

If you have just purchased this watch and the instructions do not resolve your situation, I would promptly return it and exchange it, as the model may have been sitting for a while, and have a bad capacitor.

Feb 23, 2011 | Seiko Kinetic watch

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SEIKO KINETIC SQ 50 HAVE USE MY WATCH FOR 14 YRS


It is unlikely that the capacitor will have any charge on it so you should shake it gently to charge it up. You certainly can't do any harm by charging it, even if the capacitor did have any charge.

Feb 20, 2011 | Seiko Kinetic watch

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why my seiko kinetic (Velatura - Direct Drive) will not stay wound in my watch winder


This is happening because capacitor can not store energy any more. Visit your closest watch repair shop and ask for new capacitor. Rate me, plz.

Mar 28, 2010 | Seiko Sportura SNJ007 Wrist Watch

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my watch runs too fast: adds appr. 1 minute every 24 hours


That is way too fast for a Seiko Kinetic. There is no adjustment to slow it down. With time of course it might run slower as the gears get dirty. Maybe Seiko will replace the movement, worth asking

Oct 03, 2009 | Seiko Kinetic watch

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