Kinetic | Pulsar Watches

PULSAR Kinetic – A Watch Powered by You!

Belonging to the SEIKO family means that PULSAR can take advantage of the patented Kinetic technology and today the PULSAR range features a collection of affordable Kinetic watches with varied styling, functions and features to meet all needs.

Ever since SEIKO launched the world's first quartz watch in 1969, SEIKO's engineers were addressing the next, and very obvious challenge, namely to create a quartz watch that would generate its own power. In 1988, after 18 years of R&D and with 50 patents applied for, SEIKO succeeded in creating the Kinetic watch.

It was the first watch in the world to convert kinetic movement into electrical energy, and it remains, still today, the only watch with this remarkable technology.

What is Kinetic?

A Kinetic watch has a hybrid movement with features from both quartz and mechanical technology, providing the best of both – quartz accuracy with no battery change and power reserve of up to four years, dependent upon the model

The miracle of power consumption

In order to realize the Kinetic dream, the development of an energy-saving integrated circuit (IC) and open step motor was indispensable. In 1986, the engineers from SEIKO Watch Corporation succeeded in producing an IC with energy consumption of only 0.9 micro-watts of power, which was just 3% of that needed in the first quartz watch: the Astron.

The magic of Kinetic

To generate electricity from Kinetic energy inside a watch is no easy task! To do so, it was necessary to create a rotor that could spin at 100,000 rpm, or 5 times faster than a Formula One engine. And to do that, SEIKO had to invent a way to suspend the rotor with magnetic levitation, so that it would rotate friction-free.