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Watch Modding 101

Watch Modding 101

Watch modding (modification) has become a subculture inside the watch collectors’ world with a little yet solid unexpected of people making parts.

Love the instance of the Seiko SKX779 “Monster” yet scorn the dial? Don’t worry about it. You can arrange a reseller’s exchange dial with a Sinn look. Would you like another Submariner-respect yet don’t like Mercedes hands? For a simple part of getting Rolex’s omnipresent jumper you can make your own sub-carbon copy for under $300 with sword hands.

Where does one beginning on this way towards customization? The ruler of watches to use as a base for modding is the Seiko SKX007, the ISO-evaluated 200 meter esteem jump watch that retails for simply more than or just shy of $200. For what reason is it the Honda Civic of watch modding? This model has the most accessible post-retail parts that fit.

The extraordinary thing about watch modding is that you can figure out how to do it without anyone’s help with a bunch of essential instruments bought from eBay, or go to one of a modest bunch of specialists, considered by the community of the gatherings. The Seiko subforum, for instance, has a continuous string considered “Post your mods here.” Or attempt the Custom Watches subforum at Poor Man’s Watch Forum.

Modding is in no way, shape or form restricted to Seiko jumpers or even their SKX007 model, yet the sheer number of all set parts for this particular watch is the reason the conversation frequently starts here.

Inspiration from the icons

The code words appear to be befuddling from the outset. A PMMM is a Poor Man’s Marine Master, named for its similarity to Seiko’s MarineMaster Prospex Diver. At that point you have the exceptionally mainstream Fifty Fathoms mod, named after notable jump watches from Blancpain.

Modern mix

Or how about the Planet Monster? In the event that you are a Seiko and Omega fan, you most likely can figure this is a blend of the Seiko Monster and Omega Planet Ocean.

But then there’s the mod that is simply founded on the owners eccentricity, for example, a blue and orange mod made explicitly to wear when watching Denver Broncos football games.

The scarcely recognizable mod

Or there’s the inconspicuous mod, perhaps switch of hands or bezel embed. A few group basically trade the date wheel from white to dark to coordinate the dial. This is the mod for the individuals who think, “That watch would be amazing aside from those…”

Now what?

  1. DIY: There are various instructional exercises accessible online on how to trade a dial and hands with an essential arrangement of apparatuses accessible on eBay.
  2. Go to a known modder: you can reach a portion of the better-known watch modders checked by the watch discussions. See our rundown below.
  3. Local watchmaker: request parts and have a your cordial neighborhood watchmaker do the reassembly.

The key players

Yobokies: is Harold Ng, who shows his products through a Photobucket account. There’s no requesting on the web. You email him what you need and he let’s you know whether he can do it.

DAGAZ : Jake B’s online shop sells an assortment of parts for modding. His determination of bezel embeds is shocking. ( see our meeting here )

North East Watch Works : Duarte Mendonca does custom mods and offers dab blasting.

Motor City Watch Works : Jay in Michigan is known for his cerakoted completes and furthermore offers a scope of modding and fix services.

International Watch Works : Jack Alexyon is viewed as the man for vintage rebuilding and he likewise does a mod work.

Monster Watches : Rob in the Netherlands can source hard to get unique Seiko parts and he is a confided in modder for those in Europe.

Added 3/2016:

Artifice Horoworks:   Higher end Seiko mods, highlighting CeraKoting just as development swaps.

Watches by Nick : Classic Seiko 5 Mods, including field watch plans , also as  expand engraved bezels and cases

This article scarcely starts to expose what should be possible in the realm of watch modding. Individuals do development trades, various coatings and completions, shave down edges of dials to fit in a specific watch case, thus on… I haven’t even began presenting all the players who make custom parts like Jonathan “Swedefreak” Koch , who works in gems, or Dave Murphy, who machines custom bezels .

Be cautious. Watch modding can be addictive. Loads of fun comes in the arranging. In the event that you appreciate getting inventive with plan and love watches, hop directly into the universe of watch modding.