- Kinetic movement; functions without a battery; powers Kinetically with the movement of your arm
- Strong scratch resistant sapphire crystal
- Case diameter: 41.5 mm
- Stainless steel case; black dial; date function
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
Seiko Coutura where innovation meets refinement. Time is perpetual: Now there’s a watch to reflect it. By the simple movement of your wrist, the rechargable battery charges itself. Once fully charged, it captures and stores energy up to six months. Kinetic – the most advanced electronic watch technology. This masculine watch has a brushed steel case with a Black Ion Finish and is presented on an attractive link bracelet; polished steel bezel is accented with studded detail. The attractive black dial has Lumi Brite hands and markers with twelve month and twenty-four hour subdials. The calendar is accurate to 2100. 100 meters water resistant.
Kinetic: A powerhouse in technological innovation
Like mechanical and quartz, Kinetic is a platform. Over the past 20 years, SEIKO has created on this platform a suite of Kinetic movements, each bringing unique features to the consumer.
It was at the 1986 Basel Fair that SEIKO unveiled its first Kinetic prototype. Introduced under the trial name of 'AGM', it was the first watch in the world to convert kinetic movement into electrical energy. It was the first step in a development that, 20 years later, has made Kinetic synonymous with environmental friendliness, high performance and long-lasting convenience to a generation of users worldwide. From the launch in 1988 of the first commercially available watch (then under the new name AGS) until today, over eight million Kinetic watches have been sold (as of 2007).
In 1998, Kinetic Auto Relay was released, extending the 'at-rest' operating period of the watch to a remarkable 4 years. 1999 saw the launch of the Ultimate Kinetic Chronograph, a masterpiece which fused the very best of SEIKO's mechanical and electronic watch making skills, and in 2003 another Kinetic Chronograph was launched. At Baselworld 2005, the Kinetic Perpetual made its first appearance, combining Kinetic convenience and longevity with a perpetual calendar, correct to the year 2100. In 2007, SEIKO's emotional technology Kinetic Direct Drive is introduced.
From Humble beginnings, Kintaro Hattoris Vision for Seiko has become reality. A consuming passion for excellence - imprinted in our Corporate DNA passed from generation to generation. Seiko, for 125 years committed to the art and science of time.
A culture of innovation connects a 19th century Tokyo clock shop with 20th century advances in timekeeping to an extraordinary 21st century "quiet revolution." Continually driven by dedication and passion, established a multitude of worlds first technologies transforming the principles of timekeeping.
The first quartz wristwatch changed the history of time.
The first Kinetic marked a new era in quartz watch technology.
In 1969, Seiko Astron, the first quartz wristwatch - was introduced.
In an instant, Seiko exponentially improved the accuracy of wristwatches And Seiko technology firmly established todays standard in Olympic and sports timing.
1984, another celebrated first Kinetic Technology powered by body movement.
Kinetic a quartz mechanism with unparalleled accuracy the driving force behind more worlds firsts.
Kinetic Chronograph the next generation of high performance timekeeping.
Kinetic Auto Relay automatically resets to the correct time.
Kinetic Perpetual - combining the date perfect technology of perpetual calendar with the genius of Kinetic Auto Relay.
And now Kinetic Direct Drive move, and the watch is powered automatically. Or hand wind it and see the power you are generating in real time.
In the realm of fine watches, time is measured by Seiko innovation A heritage of dedication to the art and science of time.
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.9 x 3.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- ASIN: B00154SAKM
- Item model number: SNP017
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 8, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko Watches|
|Dial window material type||Scratch resistant sapphire|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||41.5 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12.5 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless steel|
|Band width||22 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Special features||Perpetual calendar, Water Resistant|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
One of the qualities I liked about this watch was its attractive black finish. It's made from anodized stainless steel, which should increase wear resistance (but not prevent it). In fact, one Seiko salesperson explained to me that scratches would hardly show because of this, as the metal was black throughout. This of course is not true, to my understanding anodizing does a lot of things, but in this case it's used to increase wear resistance and provides better adhesion of the top coat (If anybody knows more about anodizing, please feel free to comment).
Nevertheless, I expected the black finish would eventually wear off, but not so easily, or in the first week. Moreover, I only wore it in the office, and even kept it under my sleeve. Where the finish came off was on the band -- obviously caused from using a keypad and resting my arm on the desk. The links all the way from the latch up to the crown (on one side) wore down creating a silver streak down the middle.
The finish should not have worn off this easily, but as a warning to those interested in this color, I would not wear it while using a keypad if your arm rests on the desk, and definitely not for sports or outdoor activities.
The other issue, while not a big deal is the Kinetic function and the size of the watch, though I understand this is preference. Apparently, the Seiko Kinetic movement does not fit in small packages (that's why it's not offered in woman's watches). But another disadvantage is functionality of the sleep mode. Take in mind this is not an automatic watch, but a quartz (they call it an "automatic quartz").Read more ›
2) Saphire crystal lens which can not be scratched unless done so by saphires, diamonds, or perhaps other gems(?).
3) Kinetic drive = never worry about a battery again.
4) Holds date and time if it goes into power-saving mode (up to 4 years if it were fully charged prior to power-saving mode) - just shake it and it will readjust itself automatically! Power-saving mode is only activated if the watch has not moved for 24 hours.
5) Perpetual calendar - Never have to adjust the date to account for leap years or 28-31 days in a month.
6) It's a Seiko!
1) No timer, alarm, chronograph.
2) Cost (subjective)
The lack of anything but time and calendar was a huge disappointment to me as I often use a timer or alarm on my watches. However, I have a cell-phone that can easily double for such tasks, or I can use other items to fill this void. The watch was a graduation present from my parents (yes, I helped them pick it out for me ;) ), and I know I will cherish it every time I look at it - for many many years!
While some gripe about a seemingly superfluous "Leap Year Dial", they fail to realize that it's this little dial that makes this watch such a marvel. In addition to the kinetic energy charge with power saving feature to ensure you'll never need a battery change, you will also never have to set the date again. How many watches actually have these two features?!
I only have a few minor reservations, so I'll list them first.
- Weight: the watch is sometimes listed as "titanium" but is actually rather heavy (but not unbearable)
- Calendar features: no day of the week
- Finish: requires constant cleaning, as it's very prone to smudges. Also easy to scratch. This is not a good watch for outdoor activities :)
- Impeccable timekeeping: in addition to excellent calendar, this watch doesn't miss a beat, and will go to "sleep" after 24 hours of inactivity to ensure it.
- Finish: looks gorgeous. Depending on the light, it's a nice black, or light shiny gunmetal.
- Size: I have quite a small wrist, and although this is a rather large watch, it still fits snugly around with a band adjustment.
- Bezel: virtually scratch free, clear, easy to clean, and shiny
- Price: while the list is $775, most places will sell around $450. I'd expect a watch like this to sell for thousands.
In conclusion, any watch aficionado will appreciate this watch for it's sheer beauty and features for it is a well crafted piece of jewelry. You'll just have to get used to cleaning & wearing a watch that's slightly heavier than most.
Like everyone else, I had heard of Seiko and I figured a brand that has sponsored sporting events as official timer cannot be half bad and so I decided to take a chance. I deliberately held off doing this review for a few months because I wanted to be as objective as possible and to give this watch a chance to disappoint my initial impressions over the first few months but I have been "disappointed". This is by far the best watch that I have ever owned and I really like the way if you don't wear this watch for a long period of time and so the kinetic energy runs out the moment you put this on and swing your arm for a bit the watch automatically adjusts itself to the correct time. This new kinetic technology amazes me and I'm glad that I will save some bucks on having to make regular battery changes over the many, many years that I expect to use this watch.
The display is also very pretty and looks even better up close as the picture on this site doesn't do it justice. It's been a few months now and now that I've given enough time for the novelty effect to wear off, I can safely say that I still like this watch a lot and I can see myself wearing this for a long, long time to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BEST WATCH EVER. You will never have to set this watch and you won't need to keep it in the light or put it on a kinetic docking station. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elijah Duff
One of the best watches I've ever bought! Has a great face on it and a very sleek look to it. It's not too big, but a little bit heavier than the average watch.Published 22 months ago by MacKyle
Bulkier than I would have liked. However, less bulky perpetual calendar watches with similar features cost much more.Published on July 15, 2014 by Not Again
I bougth this a year ago because i heard great things about it, but just a few months after i receve it the date calendar broke and the box of the tens stays between numbers, and... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Adolfo Gamarra
My parents said they were going to buy a watch for me as a surprise. I didn't trust their tastes, and honestly was fine with what I had, it told the time and wouldn't melt if... Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by T. Jayaram