Kinetic watches are a type of quartz watch that uses kinetic energy, or the energy generated by the wearer's movement, to power the watch. These watches are also known as automatic quartz or self-charging quartz watches.
A kinetic watch has a rotor, similar to an automatic mechanical watch, which spins when the wearer moves their wrist. The rotor generates electrical energy, which is stored in a rechargeable battery that powers the quartz movement. This eliminates the need for a traditional battery replacement.
Seiko is the most well-known brand for kinetic watches, with their Kinetic Perpetual and Kinetic Direct Drive lines. Other brands, such as Citizen and Pulsar, also offer kinetic watches.
Kinetic watches offer the accuracy of a quartz movement with the convenience of automatic winding, making them an attractive option for those who want the reliability and precision of a quartz watch without the need for a battery replacement.