It’s Friday which is also payday for most so todays wrist-check is my “Money Green” Seiko Recraft Series SNKm97
I was looking for a 1970’s style used vintage watch 2 years ago - something big, wide, funky, and old. There were plenty of used watches on eBay that fit the bill but this Recraft Series with its money green dial caught my eye. The bold green color on the dial along with it’s dull yellow-gold hour markers and hands reminded me of the crusty cigar smoking old-timers (old men) placing $2 horse bets at the Arlington Park Race Track in Arlington Heights IL when I was a kid growing up in Chicago back in the 70’s. My stepfather use to take my brother, sister, and I to the race track on Thursday nights as he was always looking for that horse he could win big on. All of the regular gamblers at the track always wore gold watches with green dials because green was the color of money….and luck. Horse racing was more of a thing back in the 70’s, not so much today.
This Seiko SNKm97 originally shipped with a big beautiful stainless steel bracelet but as always I swapped it out for another thick custom leather strap. I ordered the strap with green and “carrot” orange stitching to match the dial and orange sweeping seconds hand. The only sticking point I have with this watch is that the movement does not allow manual winding. When the crown is fully pushed in it simply spins freely - I kinda hate that because I always feel a sense of satisfaction when manually winding automatics.