World War I soldiers, rather than carrying impractical pocket watches on fobs, found it much more convenient to wear pocket watches attached to their wrists via leather straps. Pocket watches were made to go on the wrist via two methods: watches were slipped into leather pouches that were strapped to the wrist, or wire lugs were attached to the case to take a strap.
Jake Bourdeau, better known as Jake B on the watch forums, has become the biggest name in the international Seiko watch modding community. After the company founder and Jake’s mentor Noah Fuller (the creator of the Tsunami watch) died in 2011, Jake has made it his mission to build on Noah’s legacy.
While G-Shocks and digital watches of the like don’t often make it to the pages of worn&wound, we can’t deny their popularity. People of all stripes and interests go wild for G-Shocks, and unsurprisingly, a fairly robust community of G-Shock enthusiasts has developed online. Having spent some time looking at the G-Shock forums and sites, we discovered that there are some AMAZING G-Shock mod tutorials out there, covering everything from basic case refinishing to more complicated mods that require cracking open the watch case. So, to make it easier for worn&wound readers to get their fill of G-Shock mods, we’ve put together a collection of some of our favorites.
Watch modding can be a scary process. For those of us who are not avid DIY’ers, cracking open a watch and tinkering with its components is a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, there are those semi-professional modders out there, like our favorite Yobokies, who offer pre-modded pieces or will mod a piece to your liking. I recently came across a different type of watch customization service called Fewsome, which lets you create a one of a kind timepiece at an astoundingly affordable price.
I’ve always thought of watch modding as a bit of a double-edged sword. Its great to see a unique, often one-of-a-kind take on a watch, but its also a little painful to see a perfectly good Seiko get torn open. Frankly, a part of me thinks it was fine just the way it was. But at the end of the day, with most watch mods, you’re dealing with watches that cost under $200 or even $100, so no big deal, right? But what about modding a watch valued at 20, 30 or 40 times that?