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Kinetic energy watches for him.

Updated on March 4, 2013

Alternative energy watches

One of the most interesting gadgets I can remember from my teenage years was the introduction of a kinetic watches onto the market in the early 1990's. I imagined that it would be a gimmick that would soon disappear into the same trash heap as a lot of new technologies seem to. The one technology which i thought would stay the course was the virtual reality headsets, but now two decades later there is not a VR machine in every home as everyone seemed to expect back in the 1990's. Now two decades on kinetic watches are still on the go and Virtual reality is a dead technology. I wonder if we will see more alternative power sources cross into everyday life, with the ever reducing level of fossil fuels. I find it strange how expensive the price of luxury kinetic watches can get.

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It was the Japanese watchmaker Seiko which pioneered the kinetic generation technique, which it unveiled at the Baselworld 1986.The first kinetic style watch was released in Germany in 1988 and in April of the same year in Japan. Japan is an excellent market for new technological gadgets. The basic workings of the watch was that a rotating pendulum inside the case is attached to a large gear which meshes with a very small pinion. As the wearer and the watch moves, the pendulum turns and spins the pinion at a high speed somewhere in the region of 100,000 revolutions per minute. This is fixed up to a miniature electrical generator which charges the storage device which is essentially battery with in built charger. After a full charge the battery can last anywhere between two weeks and six months.

The alternative energy source watch market is split between the technologically obsessed Japanese companies Seiko and Citizen. Recently traditional Swiss companies have started to develop products for this luxury market. Each company has their own take on the technology and some models have an alarm function as standard. One of the small and prestigious Swiss companies Ventura offered a kinetic digital model unfortunately the company went bankrupt in 2007.

The Japanese company Citizen produced the Promaster Eco-Duo Drive (released in 1998) this watch was designed to operate with kinetic power and a solar cell. This was an attempt to enter the higher-priced markets ( it was priced at $1000) but the technology failed to attract consumer interest and Citizen has since stopped making use of the unique design. All other Citizen Eco-Drive models now only use solar power or thermal power.

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