What's the difference between automatic and kinetic?
Automatic watches have to wind a spring in order to continue to function properly. These wind themselves through the motion of your wrist. However, If not worn regularly, automatics will only run for a few days.
Seiko kinetics are technically quartz watches, but they use an internal weight to generate energy and "capacitor" (aka battery) to store the energy. They don't have a traditional battery to be replaced and will run for up to 6 months at a time without brig worn. To recharge them, you just have to shake the watch around a bit. Or just wear it normally for a day.
Both Automatic and Kinetic uses an internal weight to power the watches. With the Automatic, the weight winds up a mainspring which generates the movement. With the Kinetic, the weight spins a generator that powers a quartz crystal movement.
Reason to own Automatic: Cheaper. Also gee-whiz geek factor of owning a watch that can potentially last long enough to pass onto your great grand kids without ever having to open up the casing. Trade-off: Need to wear daily. If you're really active during the day, you can take it off for about a day and a half before needing to wear it again.
Reason to own Kinetic: Quartz accuracy. Also lasts much longer (about a month longer?) before having to wear it again. Trade-off: Capacitor/battery will eventually go bad after about 10 years requiring it to be replaced.
For the record I'm a guy with an 8" wrist and wear a 38mm daily. I would not go any smaller than this personally, but it's a perfectly fine size for a man's watch. I also find anything much bigger than about a 42mm gaudy and obnoxious.
I own both an orient mako and a seiko monster. They are both good but the Orient is much more accurate than the seiko. Orient uses an in house movement and seems to be a bit better. That being said the bracelet on my monster is awesome and I wear them both about the same.
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