Hopefully, this is something you have not seen before.
This fall, I said I would not buy a watch until I purchased a celebratory TT piece. I also have some self-imposed rules/guidelines:
Well, I broke all the rules on this one. I stumbled on a Seiko SKX modder from the Philippines and he had a green and yellow bezel AKA, the original Sprite configuration. On a whim, I pinged him to see if he could make a watch using the Sprite bezel, but I wanted the green diver's dial from Seiko, cyclops, etc. The only one that has been close over the years, that I have seen, is one from Namoki, but it still was not quite right. I meant to order different hands, but I wasn't fully thinking about it at the time.
Moving on, for less than $300, I now have my own Sprite. Ceramic bezel, NH35 movement, glidelock bracelet sharp enough to draw blood if you put it on too quickly (like most bracelets under a certain threshold), but hey, it uses screws, so kind of win? But seriously, what more could one ask for if a certain company will not actually make it?
Here it is compared to an actual functioning GMT that costs 36x more than this at retail, but from the two dimensions of a picture, not too shabby.
Without lights, the dial looks darker, but I have to say for almost no money, it's a nice little watch, even if it showed up shrink-wrapped, bubble-wrapped, and in a cardboard box. Next step is to size it, file the clasp a bit, perhaps get a jubilee. What say you WC fam? Have a modded Seiko you like? Is making your own colorways really the future?
I cannot wait to see what the modding community does with the new Seiko 5 GMTs.
Edit, sorry for the phone pics, too excited/lazy to pull out DSLR.