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Old 08-31-2015, 04:50 AM
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I know it isn't a high end watch like y'all here show off but...

Got a Seiko "perpetual calendar" watch as a gift <10 years ago. Worked fine for maybe 8 years until second hand started jumping two seconds at a time, then eventually dying.

Took the watch to local jeweler where it was bought, thinking a semi-easy fix, but they tell me no, probably not. They offer to send it to Seiko for an estimate and..... comes back @ $225 for basically all new guts. Apparently these type of watches are nice but when they go, it all goes.

Obviously, I'm not paying to fix it. Thought about buying new but I have another, newer, Seiko (solar driven) that I'm just gonna put a new band on and use.

Anyone have any knowledge or experience? Is it junk or can it be fixed cheaper here? Will Seiko do anything? I'm thinking I'm gonna write them but am I expecting too much getting more than 9 years from a +$300 watch? I expected more, especially from Seiko but I really don't know .

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Never hurts to ask the company. The simpler Seiko watches seem to run forever and Seiko seems to take some pride in the dependability of their products.
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Yes, I also have the same watch, I bought it, because I tought was a good watch...

I guess the capacitator goes out often, I let mine fall and the cabouchoun on the crown broke.

Mine still keeps time accurate, but I was told is just a matter of time too.

Yes, people tought batteries and quartz watch were bad, yes changing the battery every 2 3 years was bad, but it still beats the alternative.
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The perpetual calendar needs to be reset. Here is a video on how to change the battery in this watch and reset the perpetual calendar yourself. No need to send it back to the factory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3hVre1yf_k

I have the same watch and also have found that local jewelers won't touch it. They all want to send it back to Seiko for a hefty price. No thanks.

Edit: Just re-read and noticed you already sent it back to the factory. I'd say it's worth a shot still to watch the video and try resetting it yourself. Not that I am entirely cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if their standard response is that the watch needs to be "freshened up." Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Laguna Al View Post
The perpetual calendar needs to be reset. Here is a video on how to change the battery in this watch and reset the perpetual calendar yourself. No need to send it back to the factory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3hVre1yf_k

I have the same watch and also have found that local jewelers won't touch it. They all want to send it back to Seiko for a hefty price. No thanks.

Edit: Just re-read and noticed you already sent it back to the factory. I'd say it's worth a shot still to watch the video and try resetting it yourself. Not that I am entirely cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if their standard response is that the watch needs to be "freshened up." Good luck.
Thanks! I am getting the watch back and will definitely try this.
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I know it isn't a high end watch like y'all here show off but...

Got a Seiko "perpetual calendar" watch as a gift <10 years ago. Worked fine for maybe 8 years until second hand started jumping two seconds at a time, then eventually dying.

Took the watch to local jeweler where it was bought, thinking a semi-easy fix, but they tell me no, probably not. They offer to send it to Seiko for an estimate and..... comes back @ $225 for basically all new guts. Apparently these type of watches are nice but when they go, it all goes.

Obviously, I'm not paying to fix it. Thought about buying new but I have another, newer, Seiko (solar driven) that I'm just gonna put a new band on and use.

Anyone have any knowledge or experience? Is it junk or can it be fixed cheaper here? Will Seiko do anything? I'm thinking I'm gonna write them but am I expecting too much getting more than 9 years from a +$300 watch? I expected more, especially from Seiko but I really don't know .

Thanks.
Is you watch a Kinetic? Sounds like it.

If so this is who I used to fix mine. Yellowstone Watch repair.

http://www.yellowstonewatch.com/watc...ir-pricing.htm
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Yeah the kinetics go out, is almost always the capacitator...

however here in Europe is only about 120 dollars to repair...
I´m waiting for my capacitator to go out, to fix the capacitator and the cabouchon!!!
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I have two seiko watches in the drawer, lasted about the same time,the jeweler wanted to send them to the factory.

Cost then was $200 for a rebuild.

When in Aruba I purchased a citizen watch for $350 took it to the neighborhood jeweler for a band adjustment and he said that he sells the same watch for $400.
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Status: jewelry store got the watch back from Seiko. I stopped by yesterday fully expecting to turn around and ship it to Yellowstone per Mr Pauls advice above (I spoke with the guy and he assured me he'd fix it, cheap). Low and behold the owner hands me that watch and tells me it came back working and has been working fine since they got it. Said sometimes it happens when it's opened and messed around with (?).

Anyway, for now I dodged spending $225 to fix or more to buy a new watch. We shall see...
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