Kinetic Direct Drive creates a direct interaction between wearer and watch!
It was the first step in a development that, 20 years later, has made Kinetic synonymous with environmental friendliness, high performance and long-lasting convenience to a generation of users worldwide.
From the launch in 1988 of the first commercially available watch (then under the new name AGS) until today, over eight million Kinetic watches have been sold (as of 2007).
One essential characteristic of the best chronographs is the reset responsiveness of the hands.
Kinetic Direct Drive shows not only the power held in reserve but also the level of power generation when the wearer hand-winds the crown.
The wearer can see and feel, in real time, the direct transfer of power from his or her winding of the crown to the power reserve.
As in all existing Kinetic calibers, the wearer automatically generates electrical energy by her/his wrist movement.With Kinetic Direct Drive, however, the wearer can also generate energy by winding the crown.It was at the 1986 Basel Fair that Seiko unveiled its first Kinetic prototype.Introduced under the trial name of 'AGM', it was the first watch in the world to convert kinetic movement into electrical energy.In 1998, Kinetic Auto Relay was released, extending the 'at-rest' operating period of the watch to a remarkable 4 years.1999 saw the launch of the Ultimate Kinetic Chronograph, a masterpiece which fused the very best of Seiko's mechanical and electronic watchmaking skills, and in 2003 another Kinetic Chronograph was launched.