Watch modding (modification) has become a subculture within the watch collectors’ world with a small but strong contingent of individuals making parts.
Love the case of the Seiko SKX779 “Monster” but hate the dial? No problem. You can order an aftermarket dial with a Sinn look. Would you like a new Submariner-homage but don’t like Mercedes hands? For a mere fraction of grabbing Rolex’s ubiquitous diver you can create your own sub-lookalike for under $300 with sword hands.
Where does one start on this path towards customization? The king of watches to use as a base for modding is the Seiko SKX007, the ISO-rated 200 meter value dive watch that retails for just over or just under $200. Why is it the Honda Civic of watch modding? This model has the most available aftermarket parts that fit.
The great thing about watch modding is that you can learn to do it yourself with a set of basic tools purchased from eBay, or turn to one of a handful of experts, vetted by the community of the WatchUSeek.com forums. The Seiko subforum, for example, has a ongoing thread called “Post your mods here.” Or try the Custom Watches subforum at Poor Man’s Watch Forum.