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What is Seiko Mod? » WatchSignals

What is Seiko Mod?

Jurica Krajacic
Jurica Krajacic

Modding your watch gives you the ability to create the wristwatch of your dreams, whether you’re a collector or a connoisseur. Brands large and small provide the option of modulation, which lets you choose the look of the fashion accessory you wear on your wrist. Your watch may be customized to your tastes in every way possible, from its strap and dials to its crystals and hands.

One brand that stands out above all others in the realm of watch modification is SEIKO.

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When it comes to Seiko mod, you have the option to personalize your timepiece thanks to this Japanese brand’s popularity among amateur and expert modders alike. Seiko mod is ideal for watch modders because of the abundance of aftermarket and spare components accessible on the open market.

If you’re familiar with the modding scene, you’ll know how adaptable Seiko’s timepieces are. You can buy dozens of new accessories to update your timepiece or go retro with a nod to the past.

Seiko engineers and manufactures all of its mechanical movements in-house. To put it differently, every single element of the watch is produced by Seiko, including the main plate, screws, and hairspring. It is an incredible accomplishment, given the fact that just a handful of world-renowned businesses exist.

Options For Modification

If you’re new to the scene of watch customization, the whole procedure may seem overwhelming and time taking, but we assure you that it’s anything but that. An increasing online community of aficionados that share ideas, innovative mods and is always eager to help newcomers navigate the learning curve.

Now for the fun part: modifying your Seiko. Customizing your Seiko can be accomplished in one of two ways:

Complete Renovation

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The analogy would be to do cosmetic procedures on your timepiece. Combining aftermarket components from several manufacturers or models results in an outstanding blend of beauty and flair. Consider wearing a Seiko SNK809 with Rolex Explorer dials and straps or a Seiko SKX007, a carbon replica of a Rolex Submariner. Or perhaps a customized, one-of-a-kind item that is uniquely yours.

Your only stumbling block will be your creativity (and finding parts with the right specs). Here’s where the Seiko succeeds — matching components are readily available. Therefore, if you want to demonstrate your national pride by wearing your country’s colors on your wrists, obtaining matching elements will be the last issue you need to worry about.

Classic and subtle

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The little trick of a simple swap of color or a switch in the bezels and crystals is enough to make the watch sing. Seiko mod by way of subtle modifications may significantly alter the appearance of the watch and the person who wears it. Changing the color of your watch’s hands may have a dramatic influence on the way your complete ensemble comes together, providing a sense of consistency and consonance.

Essential tools

Before entering the delicate realm of watch modification, you must be well equipped for the work at hand. All of the stuff you’ll need for the Seiko mod is readily available at a hardware shop or is likely already in your home.

To get started, you’ll need the following:

  • Finger Cots or Gloves
  • Remover of Case Backs
  • Presser for Crystal
  • Putty for Cleaning
  • Remover of Hands
  • Setter of Hand
  • Blower of Dust
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Gorilla Tape
  • Workplace (preferably one that has sufficient space to accomodate tiny, loose parts)

When these tools are combined with patience and highly steady hands, your modding adventure will be as enjoyable as it is thrilling. If you like to customize your Seiko DIY style, you may search internet forums for popular Seiko mods with simple-to-follow instructions.

How to Modify

So you have a concept for a mod and want to make it a reality, how do you choose to do it? With the world becoming more mobile and interconnected, you may find instructions on personalizing a broad selection of Seiko models on specialized websites and forums.


The following is a summary of a standard Seiko watch modification. Bear in mind that this guide merely scratches the surface of what goes into customizing your timepiece.

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Step 1: Disconnect Strap

Compress and gently pull out the flanges of your stock strap.

Step 2: Rearrange the contents of the case

Secure and carefully open the case back of your watch with a case opener. It is when the action gets interesting since now the movement can be seen.

Step 3: Eliminate the Stem and Crown

Gently press on the levers with a toothpick to detach the crown and stem from the movement before removing it from the case. Gently pry the movement from its housing with a toothpick as well.

Step 4: Align and Detach Hands

You can use a hand remover to get rid of as many hands as possible in one go.

Step 5: Detach the dial.

Remove the factory dial from the plastic mount using a flathead screwdriver.

Step 6: Change the dial.

Align the legs of the replacement dial with the holes in the plastic bracket. Firmly secure.

Step 7: Substitute Hands

Begin by setting the hour hand to 12H. Use tweezers to hold the hour hand in place while applying the minute hand to 12H as well.

Step 8: Align Hands

To do it correctly, the hands must land firmly and precisely on every hour of the clock. You may now use your second hand.

Step 9: Crystal Replacement

Gently knock out the stock crystal using a crystal removal tool. Apply the replacement crystal and gently press it into the casing to level it.

Step 10: Casing and Aligning Your Movement

Replenish the case by putting back the crown and stem and pressing tightly into the case the watch movement. Connect your new band, and your modified Seiko watch is ready to wear.

The mod specialists

You can contact skilled mod gurus to benefit from their combined years of expertise with watch changes rather than attempting (and perhaps messing up) your customizing effort.

Competent watchmakers in the industry

You may always get your Seiko modified by a trusted professional watchmaker. It is

 an excellent alternative for professional services since it also addresses the problem of clumsiness or a lack of instruments.


Watch modding is a pleasurable and thrilling experience, and the Seiko brand gives you the flexibility and freedom to express yourself via your watch. Today, discover the stunning, completely customizable world of Seiko modification; you will be happy you did.

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