1. Why is the only way to wind it by wearing it?
    Fold the strap ends down so you can hold the watch up like a lollipop, but in horizontal position. Hold it aside your ear and gently swing it back and forth with a little side movement so the rotor starts winding. That’s why you should have it aside your ear. With a little practise you can keep the rotor spinning with every back and forth movement. Do that for about three minutes and the watch will be wound up about 70% at least.

    1. Author

      Hi Pete. Indeed, that’s an ingenious way to wind up the watch! I’ve tried it myself a few times and it really works great to wind up my non-windable watches. Many thanks for this info buddy!

  2. These watches unwind very quickly and are a nuisance to own. They would be ideal with batteries.

    Seiko old models from 40 years ago run 5 times as long.

    I suspect they may be Chinese copies.

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      Hi buddy. This is my first time hearing this. May I know what’s the power reserve of the older models?

  3. What do u mean that the lume won’t last long?
    Isn’t it supposed to lume as long as it’s getting “charged” daily?

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      What I meant was the lume (or glow in the dark paint on the watch) will only glow for short period of time, possibly 1 hour at most as this is a lower priced watch by Seiko (and don’t have their Lumibrite on it). While it’s being charged daily, only the charging immediately before the watch enter dark areas and discharge its lume light will count.

  4. Hello,
    thank you for sharing a very interesting article about Seiko 5 SNK809 automatic military watch. I have to admit, I am a big fan of high quality watches and Seiko 5 SNK809 military watch seems like just that. It has great features and great designs. Great info
    Have a great day

    1. Author

      Hi Karlo. Thanks for visiting and I’m happy that you love this watch.


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