SpyderJon said:Between the two, get the Automatic. The Kinetic has a battery that is a PITA to deal with if it goes bad. The Automatic (SKX779, aka "Black Monster"), is a good choice and if it stops working, $50.00 and you can have any competent watch maker put in a new movement. A really nice watch. I've heard of St. Moritz, but I think Seiko is probably the better bet. Oh, and you may have problems with the 779 if you're in America. Its not, strictly speaking, for sale in the US, and so sometimes Seiko will refuse to honor the waranty. Just so you're not shocked.
PWork said:Both watches come with the 3 year Seiko USA warranty.
Minjin said:That said, if you ever need a Seiko repaired, do NOT send it to Seiko Coserv in NJ. I had a nightmare of an experience dealing with them to service my Orange Monster. First time I sent it because of a problem with the movement, and it came back with many deep scratches AND wasn't fixed. Complained and sent it back. Received it with a new case that was also scratched up, my still scratched bracelet (with more now) and on top of that, the bezel is way loose and the lume dot sticks out. Extremely disappointed. I meant to detail my experience and post it on the Seiko Citizen Forum (along with pictures), but never got around to it...
As for St Moritz, I thought that was a cheap, off brand.