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Hi all,

I've just bought a Seiko Sportura 7L22 SNL017P1, and as all the other watches I have, it's gone into rotation. I had left it laying for a bit more than 2 weeks due to work, and when I picked it up again, I noticed it had stopped. Not unusual I thought as it is a motion driven movement, but isn't it supposed to store energy in the capacitator for 5 months?

Well, I put it on and noticed that the seconds hand (which worked perfectly when I bought the watch) now ticked in 2 seconds increments! It is uregular even in this motion, it stops around 1/100 of a second in the middle of the 2 second increment. I just don't get it, the watch is new, but there must clearly be something wrong here?

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Hi all,

I've just bought a Seiko Sportura 7L22 SNL017P1, and as all the other watches I have, it's gone into rotation. I had left it laying for a bit more than 2 weeks due to work, and when I picked it up again, I noticed it had stopped. Not unusual I thought as it is a motion driven movement, but isn't it supposed to store energy in the capacitator for 5 months?

Well, I put it on and noticed that the seconds hand (which worked perfectly when I bought the watch) now ticked in 2 seconds increments! It is uregular even in this motion, it stops around 1/100 of a second in the middle of the 2 second increment. I just don't get it, the watch is new, but there must clearly be something wrong here?

Thanks for reading :-!

Ticking seconds by 2 right? The watch is telling you that the battery is very low and it needs to be recharged. Some kinetic seiko has Battery indicator but for those which do not have indicate by ticking twice each round. There is nothing wrong with that. You try recharge it by moving. From what I know when kinetic watches are low in power, they need more movement than the automatic watches. Try moving(recharge) as much as you can. If that doesn't seem to work, simply go and change the battery. Sometimes they're kept long at the shop. Your watch doesn't not have auto-relay function so it can't save the power. Your model is a very fine model. It shouldn't be that bad.

Hope this helps you
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Raggyboy, thank you very much for the informative answer.

Yes, you're right, it ticks seconds by two. The fact that it needs longer to recharge than a regualr automatic explains a lot. I weared the Seiko for a whole normal day, at work, coming home, walking the dogs etc. At the end of the day it was still ticking seconds by two - it really needs that much movement and more to recharge, or might the battery need changing?

Thanks again,
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Stein A
 

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Raggyboy, thank you very much for the informative answer.

Yes, you're right, it ticks seconds by two. The fact that it needs longer to recharge than a regualr automatic explains a lot. I weared the Seiko for a whole normal day, at work, coming home, walking the dogs etc. At the end of the day it was still ticking seconds by two - it really needs that much movement and more to recharge, or might the battery need changing?

Thanks again,
best rgds
Stein A


Hmm... from what you've said I hate to say this but I guess you might need to change the battery. Make sure before you change the battery. At this point give it another chance. better wait for another 3 or 4 days(wear it 24/7). I guess they kept your watch so long without recharging it. Without recharging it your watch can hold the power atmost 5-6 months only unless it has an AUTORELAY function which can hibernate(stop) the hands. Then this can go up to 4 years. Like I said give it a chance for another 3..4 days then if that doesn't help you, bring it back to Seiko or somewhere else which can handle Kinetic watches. Remember 95% is the battery issue you're facing right now but another 5$ can be your watch failed to recharge the battery.

Hoping that this is a battery problem
Take care
 

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Ok, sounds good.

I'll do as you suggest and see how it goes. I'll get back to you in a few days :)
 

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To fully charge that Watch to it's full capacity, you will need to wear it for several weeks. The Watch was obviously discharged when you bought it, after being in storage for some time. I think a day of normal wearing will only charge the Watch enough for it to run for about two days. So I would suggest that you wear it constantly for some time to give it a good charge.

You have a very good Watch there, I know that, because I have one of those myself. I have several kinetic's, and when they run down, it takes quite a time to fully charge them again. So believe me when I say, that there is nothing wrong with your's.:-!
 

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Seems you are right guys, there is no problem with my seconds hand now! I've worn the watch 24/7 since I started this thread, and the watch has been running perfectly for the last couple of days. I guess it even got charged pretty well when I smashed my car yesterday (only my wife and me onboard and we're both fine!)
 

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Seems you are right guys, there is no problem with my seconds hand now! I've worn the watch 24/7 since I started this thread, and the watch has been running perfectly for the last couple of days. I guess it even got charged pretty well when I smashed my car yesterday (only my wife and me onboard and we're both fine!)

Cheers! mate:-! But sorry about your car :(
 

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Oh wow,

I hope you are both fine!!!
As for the two seconds ticks, it is only in indicate the low charge of a battery/capacitor. Try to wear it as often as possible until you get it fully charged, and then you can cycle with other watches :)

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Seems you are right guys, there is no problem with my seconds hand now! I've worn the watch 24/7 since I started this thread, and the watch has been running perfectly for the last couple of days. I guess it even got charged pretty well when I smashed my car yesterday (only my wife and me onboard and we're both fine!)
You smashed your car...hell I'm sorry to here that.
What happened...snow, slippery conditions?

This morning I was shovelling snow for an hour...now icey rain took place...

Not that I'm complaining...physical activity for middle aged like me doesn't hurt...au contraire

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Wet, snowy and icy conditions. I live in Norway and was out driving about 2 hours north of Oslo. About 4 degrees Celsius in the air and about 15cm of wet snow on the road. I was driven in about 60 km/h when the car (Subaru Forester 2.0XT - 2004) starting sliding sideways to the right. I had absolutely no control over the vehicle and it exited the road down a 2 meter steep hill rear first. The car flipped and rolled over once and landed on all 4 wheels. Luckily me and my wife were okay, but we got to the hospital for a check up just in case..

Unfortunate thing to happen, but I'm glad we are both 100% okay!
 

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Wet, snowy and icy conditions. I live in Norway and was out driving about 2 hours north of Oslo. About 4 degrees Celsius in the air and about 15cm of wet snow on the road. I was driven in about 60 km/h when the car (Subaru Forester 2.0XT - 2004) starting sliding sideways to the right. I had absolutely no control over the vehicle and it exited the road down a 2 meter steep hill rear first. The car flipped and rolled over once and landed on all 4 wheels. Luckily me and my wife were okay, but we got to the hospital for a check up just in case..

Unfortunate thing to happen, but I'm glad we are both 100% okay!
I've had same feeling when ended in the ditch few years ago...
No control at all!
Like you driving a thousand tonnes boat...you press a brake...it slide and you are (luckilly) in the ditch.

Thanks for promptly respond. I see Northern Europe is pretty much in the same weather condition as Canada.

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thats why the greatest drivers come from Finland (terrible conditions most of the time and crazy mentality) - it goes against the grain to hit the gas when you are losing control - but that usually results in being able to regain directional control...Glad you and the Ms are OK!!! I bet the kinetic got a good wind in the tumble lol:-d
 

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thats why the greatest drivers come from Finland (terrible conditions most of the time and crazy mentality) - it goes against the grain to hit the gas when you are losing control - but that usually results in being able to regain directional control...Glad you and the Ms are OK!!! I bet the kinetic got a good wind in the tumble lol:-d
With the 4-wheel drive Subaru, the right thing would be to hit the gas, yes. But in this case I had time to hit the gas, countersteer and even try to brake. None of this helped, the car was merely "floating" on top of the slushslike snow. Even though a good roll might be perfect for winding a watch, I would hardly recommend doing it in your car! :-d
 
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