Seiko Recraft SNKN49, An Automatic Bronze Beauty
Style is always changing, but it also cyclical. Style is also confusing.
Seiko really came into it’s own during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Creating stylish, and more importantly, reliable time pieces. Over those decades, Seiko was able to refine their talents and begin to challenge the swiss domination of the industry. To honor those old watches and traditions, Seiko launched it’s Recraft line. Combining the vintage aesthetics of their past, with modern movements. Incorporating not only automatic, but solar, and kinetic movements within the Recraft line. More importantly however, they have used contemporary watch sizes, rather than the smaller watches of the 60’s and 70’s.
Have to see it to believe it.
The Recraft I have here is model number SNKN49. The SNKN49 is an automatic with Seiko’s 7S26, also found in most of its Seiko 5 line. Which means it isn’t hackable, or hand winding. But it is a reliable and tested workhorse, with both day and date complication. It has a polished stainless steel case, and hands. With a dark brown leather strap, and Arabic numerals at the 12 and 6 positions. But the striking feature of this watch is the dial. It is a gorgeous polished bronze color. I found this watch very difficult to photograph, getting the light and the dial just right. But I have done my best to try to represent it properly. In many ways this is a watch you probably need to see in person to fully appreciate.
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