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How to Identify Seiko Kinetic Watches

Updated November 21, 2016

The Seiko Company first unveiled a kinetic watch in 1986 at the Basel Fair. Named "AGM," the watch converted kinetic movement (such as the movement of your arm) into electrical energy with which the watch could be powered. Kinetic watches are considered to be environmentally friendly and accurate timepieces. The technology has developed since Seiko launched the AGM in 1986 and Seiko kinetic watches now offer a perpetual calendar that is correct through the year 2100. You have a few ways to identify a Seiko Kinetic.

Examine the watch face for the word "Kinetic," which appears on all of the Seiko kinetic watches.

Look for a small indicator window on the watch face with a small hand that moves up and down. This is the "Direct Drive Indicator Hand" and it works much like the gas indicator on a car's dashboard by showing how much kinetic power is currently stored in the watch's power reserve.

Examine the watch for the name of one of Seiko's kinetic watch models: "Direct Drive," "Ultimate Kinetic Chronograph," "Kinetic Chronograph," "Kinetic Perpetual," "Kinetic GMT" or "Kinetic Auto Relay."

Turn the watch over and examine the case back. Some of the Seiko kinetic watches have a clear case back, allowing a peek inside the workings of the watch, which looks like a winding gear but does not have the typical watch battery. Other kinetic watches will have a smooth case back with the words "Seiko Kinetic" engraved on the back.

Look at the paperwork that is included with all new Seiko watches. The paperwork should indicate that the watch is an authentic Seiko kinetic watch, with manufacture information and explanation of how the kinetic energy works.

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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.