The process of swapping out the insert was relatively simple. I popped the bezel off with a taped up Swiss Army knife. Then I ran the blade gently between the insert and the bezel itself to remove it. There was more than enough sticky tape in there to hold down the new insert, so I popped the insert-free bezel back on the case to ensure alignment first, and then put in the new 12-hour insert. A small job overall, but one with huge impact on the watch. Oh yeah, what about the aftermarket coin-edge bezel? Well, I tried that one out, but I really didn’t like the look of it so I kept it off.
So Long, SKX173
“At the end of the day, the Seiko SKX173 will always hold a special place in my collection as my first mechanical watch.”
Production on the SKX173 has concluded, and it seems like stock of the SKX173 is finally starting to dry up, so now would be the time to pick one up should you still be interested (the street price seems to be around $250). Earlier this week, we saw the relaunch of the Seiko 5 Sports line with a watch that very much pulls from the SKX line. There are some noticeable differences, however, chief among them lowered water resistance, a push/pull crown in place of a screw-down one, and it not being an ISO-rated diver. If those are deal breakers, then the SKX line is still the way to go.
At the end of the day, the Seiko SKX173 will always hold a special place in my collection as my first mechanical watch. But sentimentality aside, its rock-solid specs have yet to let me down, and the ease of switching up the watch’s appearance keeps it exciting. I’m now thinking about swapping out the crystal for something a little more hard-wearing. The fun continues.
What are your thoughts on the SKX lineup? Let us know in the comments below what you’ve done to make a watch “your own.”