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FANTASTIC WATCH SKA477P1
on January 4, 2015
FANTASTIC! I am well pleased with my SKA477P1 kinetic watch. By checking it against the official NIST US time, after about 2 1/2 weeks, it is still only one second off. I'm a stickler for accurate time, as my previous watch was a Casio solar atomic watch, synchronized to the second every day with the Colorado atomic clock. However, after 8 years, the solar battery was starting to fail and half the plastic switches had cracked and fallen off, so it wasn't worth it to me to replace the battery. My Dad gave me a Seiko self winding watch over 50 years ago, and it still keeps time to this day (1 minute off per day), whereas all other subsequent watches have failed long ago. My old Seiko does not have any broken switches nor broken wrist bands. Whereas, the Casio switches were falling apart, piece by piece. Hence, my old Seiko was the best recommendation for me to buy a Seiko.
UNFORTUNATELY, the manual that has been provided for my new watch is PATHETIC! It provides only the most rudimentary of instructions. I never before have had a kinetic watch so I needed to know how to use the push button at the 2 o'clock location (this is the power reservoir button). I was also misguided by being told that if the seconds hand moved in 2 second intervals, it meant I need to have the battery replaced. This may be true only after you previously had the watch battery recharged, but not when it comes right out of the box. It took about 4 days of every day wear for the watch to build up enough of a charge, to where the seconds had eventually move in one second intervals. I was on the verge of returning the watch prior to that. I might also mention that it does take a few weeks of every day wear for the power reservoir indicator to move 20 seconds, as an indication of built up charge. I had to learn of these things by researching the internet on similar kinetic watches, as I was not able to find anything specific to this watch.
Of course these deficiencies on the watch's manual do not take away from the performance of the watch itself. I would recommend this watch to a friend given the caveat's regarding the manual.