The Ultimate Techno-Watch Review

Francis Vale

Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph, Cont.


When the second hand starts moving at two-second intervals instead of the normal one-second intervals, you also know the watch will run down in approximately 12 hours. Consider yourself warned by the watch's "Energy Depletion Forewarning Function".  (Maybe now you can time your premature ejaculations.)

As we all know, geeks love to hack systems, but one watch hack that doesn't cut it is pulling out the crown out to the second click position with the intention of stopping the second hand just to save energy. But in doing so, a large amount of current flows through the built-in Integrated Circuit, and so pulling the crown does not save energy but, in fact, consumes more energy than usual. Consider it a busted hack.

The Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph Also Comes in A Gold Bezel Version With Stainless Steel Bracelet

The solid stainless steel watch is good for diving down to 100 meters. If you want to time your breathless descent, the stopwatch function activates a large full sweep second hand, with up to 45 elapsed minutes, measured in 1/5 second increments, and registered in a crescent shaped analog dial in the upper right of the watch. The time of day seconds are displayed on a separate small analog dial on the watch's upper left.  The analog minutes and hours are indicated with a very stylish dial that covers the lower half of the watch face.

However, the time of day hands on the Arctura Kinetic are small and sometimes require a second glance, and even with their "LumiBrite" hands and markers, it's tough to read time in the dark. 

But that's it for features. There are no LCD's, no world time displays, no multi-alarms, no time zone settings, no year display, no Atomic Clock, and no bezel slide rule to do your past due taxes. The Arctura Kinetic is a truly minimalist techno-watch.

So even without all the gimmicky foo-fah, does the Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph qualify as a geek timepiece? You bet. It's perfect if you busted large an IPO or were just bought out by Google and want to tell the world, I'm cool and I don't care what time it is Cairo, wherever that is.


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