Rolex is one of the most popular watch brands in history, and one of their most reputable creations is the Submariner. It’s a trend-setting timepiece first introduced in the 1950s and is considered one of the most iconic ever. And today, anyone can wear a Submariner by modding a Seiko timepiece.
Modding is the method of customizing watches by switching and combining parts from another watch to create a new one called a mod. One of the most appealing things about it is it allows wearers to have a luxury watch without spending a lot of money. So if you want an affordable way to have a Submariner, you can build a Seiko Submariner mod.
The Seiko Submariner is considered one of the most attractive Seiko mods any modder can build. It’s also an excellent way to show your creativity by customizing a Seiko watch into something that resembles a popular one. Learn more about this mod build in this blog.
The mod’s base: Seiko SKX007
A mod build needs a base a modder can use to build on, and in this case, it’s the Seiko SKX007. The SKX007 is also used for other mods that look similar to the Submariner, like the Yachtmaster, which is also a Rolex watch. However, the Seiko Submariner mod starts with a new case that uses standard SKX parts, unlike other SKX-based mods.
This mod is less bulky than other dive watch mods, giving it a more subtle appearance suited for daily use. Besides that, it’s also more comfortable to wear for most people because of its thinner and flatter caseback. The classic Submariner look is also achievable through various Submariner-style bezels.
There aren’t that many limitations to the styles you can go for when building a Seiko Submariner mod because of the abundance of similar-looking bezels you can use. You can start with the PVD-coated and steel Seiko Submariner cases for any mod you want to build. Another option is to start from scratch and buy all the parts you need without using an old SKX.
Creative routes to take for Seiko Submariner mod builds
There are two ways you can go for when building a Seiko Submariner mod: custom colorway and classic look. Both showcase a different appearance and feel but are similar in elegance and aesthetic appeal. Your choice will depend on what kind of Submariner you think would fit your style and personality.
An example of the custom colorway Seiko Submariner mod would include a black case with metallic accents, such as a gold or silver bezel and crown. That gives it a similar feel to the latest generation of Yachtmasters. On the other hand, the classic route would have a different dial that’s not from a diver’s watch, making it the choice for adventurous modders who prefer mixing things up.
Parts needed for building an SKX007 Submariner mod
Aside from the new case, here are other parts you will need for building a Seiko SKX007 Submariner mod:
You can use any dial that fits 4R or 7S movement and even go for a date-only version. You can purchase dials from the aftermarket or the original manufacturer.
Hands are also a must-have for watch modding. Popular options you can use for a Seiko Submariner mod include Mercedes hands, Tudor-style snowflake hands, and Seiko 62MAS-style hands.
The Seiko Submariner mod is a versatile and appealing choice to build, even for modding beginners. Building it is the best way to acquire and wear a Rolex Submariner without spending lots of money or searching for it. If you’re interested in DIY, try modding, and it will satisfy the creative and watch enthusiast in you.