Everyone knows Seiko as the everyman’s watch. While it has many premium collections, its approachable branding stays strong. As a result, watch collectors, watchmakers, and enthusiasts are familiar with Seiko’s offerings.
Seiko watches are also well-known for their affordable parts for modding. As a result, some groups mod watches as their pastime. However, building one watch from scratch is a challenge. You have to look carefully at the parts used and see if they can do the ticking. Moreover, you must do it with precision for all parts. Try these four builds when you mod your watch!
The Seiko SKX007 is an iconic upgrade from the 1960s Seiko 5 dive watch. It is recognized in the market as the most affordable among consumers.
The base build features dots that refer to the 5-minute mark on the dial. It is a great timepiece to work on since the parts are readily available.
The case is 42.5mm, and you can change it to at least 46mm. Anything bigger than that is not ideal for the watch. A bevel connects the case and bezel to see the dial’s profile. So not only do you have a compact watch, but it is also the lightest watch at 10 ounces.
Seiko 5 SNK809
The watch meets many criteria, including automatic movement, water resistance, and a day and date tab. A homage to the original Seiko 5, it updates the timepiece to emphasize its rugged design.
Compared to other Seiko series, the SNK809 has a recognizable dial. So if you want a watch that emphasizes the dial, you can work on the SNK809. Moreover, upon wearing the Seiko 5 SNK809, the watch fits on any wrist and does not feel heavy.
Here is a tip for watch modders: check the 4-o’clock crown. The crown helps wind down the watch when its energy stops and falters.
The Seiko SRPC55 features an orange dial from the base build. Initially, Seiko thought the color was too bright, but it has now become the defining feature of the timepiece.
Customizing the timepiece is low-maintenance. The watch is ideal for active men who go through rough activities on a daily basis. When modding, you do not need to change all parts. With Seiko SRPC55’s 4r36 automatic movement, your timepiece can keep ticking after a long day at work.
Seiko PADI Solar SNE435
The last of our builds is the Seiko PADI Solar SNE435. The watch is also well-known and prominent among dive watch collectors. Featuring a solar quartz movement, you do not need to rely on a battery with the Seiko PADI Solar SNE435. As a result, changes in energy levels are few.
Some watches rely on a battery to work. All watchmakers have batteries in case the timepiece loses power. Dive watches are one of the most versatile products, and the W&S Seiko Sub has all the parts you will need for a customized piece.
Seiko encourages aspiring enthusiasts to build your watch. You can mod from scratch, or you can improve an existing timepiece.
You can do it yourself to know how the watch works. Once you dissect the many parts, it is no wonder that Seiko keeps its longstanding tradition. Watchmaking is a skill.