Servicing Kinetic Watches Overhaul

Servicing Kinetic Watches

In kinetic watches, kinetic energy is produced when the oscillating weight of the watch spins as a result of the physical movements of the user's wrist. An internal electrical generator converts this kinetic movement into electrical energy. A capacitor stores the electrical energy generated by the watch, and it provides power to the watch. The energy stored in the capacitor discharges slowly over time. Depending on the model and the age of the watch, a full charge can last anywhere from two weeks to three months. Kinetic watches still require periodic overhauls and maintenance.

Servicing Kinetic Watches

As your kinetic watch ages, the grease and the oil which make all the components of your watch work in harmony, start losing their specifications. This causes high levels of friction between the moving parts. The watch tries to compensate for high friction by consuming more electrical power which, in turn, drains the capacitor.

Servicing of a kinetic watch procedure entails:

  • Complete dismantling of the mechanism and clean all components in specialist baths
  • Inspecting all components to ensure that they are in impeccable condition
  • Replacing any worn and malfunctioning parts only with the manufacturers’ original parts.
  • Rebuilding and lubrication of the mechanical parts of the mechanism
  • Inspecting the circuit which transfers the powers from the capacitor to the quartz crystal and from the quartz crystal to the step motor and testing of the timepiece with specialist timing equipment
  • Refitting the dial and hands
  • Restoring the movement back to the case
  • Testing the timepiece

For your peace of mind, Watch Surgery gives one year guarantee for any rechargeable batteriesand capacitors we replace with your proof of purchase.

Pressure Testing
We have the latest Swiss water proof testing equipment to pressure test watches after completing the work, while you wait, in our branches. We highly recommend having your waterproof and water resistant watches pressure tested when changing batteries. It is your responsibility to ask for this additional service.

Please see the below watch rating chart which shows the various specifications and what they really mean, for your reference.