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Thoughts on buying custom/modded seikos? They seem to range from the sublime to the ridiculous. I originally just wanted to get one as a beater but the sapphire crystal is a must for me and I don’t trust my fat fingers to make the swap. But now I’m seeing some very cool inspired designs at crazy low price points 🤔

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Seiko people please chime in. I find it very hard to get the modded Seiko craze

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Microbrand guy here: Freaking love modded Seikos. Really want this one a guy calls “grape soda.” If you just want a Seiko but with a sapphire crystal check out LI Watch Co. he has his own line which are basically SKX but with sapphire and a better movement and bracelet, and also sells modded Seikos.

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What makes you think it’s a fake GMT hand? Edit: never mind, it is a fake GMT hand. I wish he didn’t throw that on there. Now I hate that part too. Still love the color scheme and dial though.

One of two seiko mods I've done myself.

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The other of two seiko mods I've done myself.

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I modded this one myself: Double Dome Sapphire Crystal, New Bezel, Ceramic Bezel Insert, Steel Chapter Ring (from DLW in Singapore) + bracelet from Strapcode (not pictured). Feel free to DM me, as all these changes are pretty easy. Changing the hands is a lot trickier so I wouldn't recommend that for a beginner. DLW can also mod them for you (I did that once with Derrick from them and he was great)

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I modded my own as well - just a double done sapphire ar crystal and a self-distressed bezel (still have the original so can switch back. Honestly, it was fun to take apart but I hardly wear it. I also don’t have any way to pressure test it and none of the watch shops I visited would do it for me since I hadn’t bought it from them and it was covid so all of their rules were weird. I have worn it swimming and it’s been fine but that’s always in the back of my mind. It has some nice charm but just gets 0 wrist time.

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I tried to lean about seiko modding but there’s so many different models at retail in pictures I can’t tell what’s modded and what isn’t

I have several dozen modded Seikos, but I wouldn’t buy one. Seikos are the easiest thing in the world to build yourself and then you get exactly what you want.

Personally, I’d rather pay the extra $50-100 for the peace of mind that there isn’t dust or humidity within the case of the watch. I’m considering using one of the services where you can fully commission out a custom build

Why not pick a model that has already been upgraded? Seiko has started using sapphire crystal and ceramic bezels in some of their newer releases.

True, their website leaves a lot to be desired. If you don’t want trial and error… chrono24 lets you filter by sapphire so you can get an idea of what’s available with it.

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