Most people reading this article will already have a good idea of what Seiko Kinetic watches are and how they work. If you aren’t familiar with the Kinetic movement family, then allow me to explain. Seiko developed the Kinetic collection of movements as sort of quartz automatic hybrid watch. Whereas an automatic mechanical movement uses an automatic rotor to wind a mainspring, a Kinetic watch uses a rotor to generate charge for the internal battery for the quartz movement. Each Kinetic movement holds a power charge of about 6 months and they contain a power reserve indicator.
That is what the pusher on the case is for. Pressing it turns the seconds hand into a power reserve indicator, which is rather handy to have. Seiko positions the Kinetic family of movements right over the Seiko Solar family of light-powered quartz movement. The specific movement inside of the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT Diver’s watch is the caliber 5M85, which adds a GMT hand to the mix. The GMT hand is independently adjustable in one hour increments.
I find it easy to like this watch, but I say that about a lot of Japanese sports watches. Seiko offers a ton of sport watch variety in the under $1,000 price range and this is just one more attractive offering on the list. Some people might be put off by the fact that it doesn’t have a mechanical movement, while others might not like the size. Having said that, the Kinetic family of movements is not only very accurate, but very reliable and you never need to change the battery given the automatic power generation. So while there are a lot of options out there, even within Seiko’s own product family, the Prospex Kinetic GMT Diver’s watch is a very solid option.
The Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT Diver’s watch ref. SUN019 comes on the bracelet and has a black and white dial. The SUN021 has a strap with a yellow accented dial and bezel, while the SUN023 comes in a black case with an orange accented dial and bezel. Prices will be between $675 – $695. seikowatches.com