Relooking at the Recraft: the Seiko SNKM97

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Jacky Chou

Before diving into the details of this watch, let's start with an explanation on what exactly a Seiko is. A Seiko is a Japanese company that specializes in manufacturing high-quality and reliable watches for men and women, as well as other timepieces such as clocks, calculators, cameras and sunglasses. The company was founded by Kintaro Hattori in 1881 when he began to sell his products at local markets around Japan.

The "seiko snkm97 leather strap" is a watch that was released in the year 1997. It has a classic design, with a black dial and silver hour markers. The stainless steel case is 42mm wide, with a 12-hour bezel and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal window.

Seiko Men's SNKM97 Analog Green Dial Automatic Silver Stainless Steel Watch
  • Case diameter: 43.5mm
  • Gold tone second hand
  • Water Resistant To 165 Feet
  • Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour

I reviewed the Seiko Recraft SNKN01 about a month ago.

Because of its attractiveness and utilization of the 7S26 automatic movement, I awarded it great acclaim. So, after a few weeks of wearing the SNKN01, I made the decision that I had had blue watches and want something... green. So I bought an SNKM97 and made the decision to capture plenty of pictures.

Let's examine the SNKM97. Check out my evaluation of the Seiko Recraft SNKN01 if you're looking for a more thorough analysis of the Recraft.

Technical Information about Seiko Recraft SNKM97

  • SNKM97 as the model number
  • MSRP: $205
  • 43.5mm case diameter
  • Different Models: Several
  • Seiko 7S26 automatic movement
  • Problems: Day/date display
  • 42 hours or so of power reserve
  • Waterproofing: 50 meters/165 feet
  • The crystal is made of hardlex.

The Recraft Series Are Good Lookers, & the SNKM97 is No Exception

The SNKM97 lacks much of the N01's youthfulness and substitutes it with something daring when compared to the SNKN01. Its green sunburst dial, which seems as if it just left the Las Vegas Strip, serves as the ideal background for the gold hour markers and hands. It looks much better than the sunburst-silver on the SNKN01. It almost reminds me of the Alpinist, which I love.

The dial's gold does such a great job of giving the face personality. Seiko has done a fantastic job of designing the SNKM97 such that the gold truly shines without popping a little bit too much, which may be difficult to wear.

It might be a little bit smaller, however. The squarish casing makes the 43.5mm's size seem larger than it really is. Small cases (7S26 can fit; the SNK809 is 37mm in size). I rock it even though my little wrists can hardly fit it (only with a long sleeve, lol). It helps that it seems smaller when the bracelet is replaced with a strap.

The Golden Hands on the SNKM97 Look Amazing from Every Angle, as Shown in the Image Above.

The stainless steel bracelet that comes with this Recraft model is included. However, it also significantly increases the weight of the watch. It looks nicer than the leather on the SNKN01 does. The watches in the Recraft series are already huge at 43.5mm, and they are also weighty when wearing a steel band. Even yet, it doesn't seem to weigh a lot and it has a great appearance. The integrated deployment clasp feels strong, and the bracelet doesn't seem cheap.

A brushed finish and minor etching are the only decorations on the Recraft's movement. Even so, it's tidy, polished, and well laid out. On several of the pictures I took of the gears and rotor, I went a bit too near. One of my new favorites is this one!

I Really Enjoy the Recraft Line, & the SNKM97 in Particular

One of my favorite lines of economical automatics from any manufacturer is the Recraft, and Seiko has a couple affordable automatics that I really like. I like how unique they appear, fusing '70s fashion with contemporary size and preferences, and I love that you can get this watch right now for less than $140.

I've had great luck with Seiko timepieces so far. All of them have been nicely constructed, including this one, and I like Seiko's design aesthetic. My favorite watch company is a tie between them and Hamilton.

SNKM97 Seiko Image Gallery

The "seiko snkm97 price" is a watch that was released in the year of 1997. It has been rereleased recently by Seiko, and it is now available for purchase.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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