Capacitors purely store generated power for short term storage and use. Unlike batteries and rechargeable batteries they do not have chemicals to generate power and this is why they are much more environment friendly than the conventional batteries. Even though in theory “kinetic watch” and “solar watch” are powered by rechargeable batteries and capacitors which never need changing, in practice they also need to be replaced in every 7-10 years because with time they lose their ability to store power.
If your Citizen watch stops working or fails to hold a charge, it means that either the lithium ion energy unit, aka the capacitor, is defective or exhausted or the watch movement consumes more energy than it is supposed to. The first step to resolving this problem would be to replace the capacitor unit. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, then the watch needs to be serviced.
As your Citizen watch ages, the grease and oil which make all the components of your watch work in harmony, start losing their specifications. This causes high levels of friction between the moving parts. The watch tries to compensate for high friction by consuming more electrical power which, in turn, drains the capacitor.
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