First Swatch Auto Quartz Model
Not easy to see, but the handwinding
mechanism has been omitted...
This makes this watch the closest AutoQuartz to a Seiko Kinetic! For owners of many watches, it is quite cumbersome to restart the Kinetics, especially those with faulty or quickly aging capacitors. If you are not into tinkering, there are a couple of watchmakers that will do the job for you for ca. USD 40 to 60. I did this on four Seikos already. It is not much more complicated than changing a battery except that you have to take off the rotor. Which normally has a fairly big screw. Here is the link to my tutorial How to change the Capacitor of a SEIKO Kinetic. I have received many emails from people that tried that themselves after having seen the tutorial with success.
ETA had a better hand chosing the parts, the capacitor in my AutoQuartz which I restarted today on the French National Day 2005, started without any problems and is in synch with my Black PVD Orsa with the Ronda Quartz Caliber 515, the most accurate quartz watch in my collection. This is sure a lovely Swatch with full view of the movement. What I would like to have is this AutoQuartz as Irony with Mineral Glass and Front. But Swatch group decided not to compete in-house with the early Tissot AutoQuartz. Until today I fail to understand why the Swatch group neglected the marketing of the AutoQuartz (the movement is a German/Dutch/Swiss co-development as a Eureka project from the early nineties) as it did. Because the ETA AutoQuartz calibers as found in the Tissot AutoQuartz watches and also in the _O_matic Seamaster provide handwinding and it is really great fun to see that second hand switch from the low battery level 4-steps-per-second stage move to the normal tact with a breeze.
As mentioned before, to kickstart this AutoQuartz above, you will have to do just as with the Seiko Kinetics. Sway them until the second hand starts ticking in the normal tact and then to be sure that the watch is really charged, keep swaying it in at least for more times every hour after start for ca. 1 minute.