The Best Seiko to Mod for Beginners

Without a doubt, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is… which seiko should I buy for my first mod?

Tons of people want to give this hobby a try, so here’s my recommendation!

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Thanks for the video and pointing me to this website!

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Great video and suggestion. I have seen the Seiko 5 SRPDs available for under $200 on the grey market recently, so it is really just about the same investment for a watch to mod as the SKX used to be.

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Good advice, especially on starting with a base watch. I started with ST36 movements because they were affordable and big. But as you mentioned it isn’t easy to buy all the correct parts. I burned through some cash buying the wrong case clamps.

I learned a ton with my first build, but for the same price I could have started with an SNK and ended up with a watch id actually wear instead of a loud clunker.

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I've started with the SRPD Series, due to it's cost. Gaining practice - also worked on a few old Seagull Movements. Now i'm at a point where i finally could "rebuild" one of your watches (with my own Touch like the second hand or the lumed day/date oder the dial which is slightly different, not to mention the case). 

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orforddesign

Thanks for the video and pointing me to this website!

thanks for watching!! 

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Candide3693

Great video and suggestion. I have seen the Seiko 5 SRPDs available for under $200 on the grey market recently, so it is really just about the same investment for a watch to mod as the SKX used to be.

For sure, they do go on sale every now and then, so its very much like the SKX's used to be! 

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NathanWritesWatches

Good advice, especially on starting with a base watch. I started with ST36 movements because they were affordable and big. But as you mentioned it isn’t easy to buy all the correct parts. I burned through some cash buying the wrong case clamps.

I learned a ton with my first build, but for the same price I could have started with an SNK and ended up with a watch id actually wear instead of a loud clunker.

I've had my fair share in working on movements alone. Very helpful if you want to learn more about the movement specifically ( opposed to modding in general ) 

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savoury
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I've started with the SRPD Series, due to it's cost. Gaining practice - also worked on a few old Seagull Movements. Now i'm at a point where i finally could "rebuild" one of your watches (with my own Touch like the second hand or the lumed day/date oder the dial which is slightly different, not to mention the case). 

Looks great! 

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Having the third dial on my Invicta Pro Diver, I'm finally at a place where I am certain that I can replace dial and hands without causing any damage. (One set of hands and one dial went into the circular bin during my previous endeavors.) But you were right in your video, it's a learning experience, and I should move on.

The SRPD is an obvious choice, and I just need some form of inspiration.

P.S.: Great video by the way. Is your channel branching out towards home improvement? 😉

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Genuinely great content. Well done.

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The best Seiko to learn to mod on is.......

.....not a Seiko, but a Heimdallr sharky (SKX clone) its cheap as chips, and parts are readily available.

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Love watching your videos! The editing is on point!

was wondering if you saw the “leaked” seiko 5 gmts? Do you think they will share some of the same mod parts as other SPD’s?