From the same individual who brought us this Seiko modded to look like an MKII watch, comes this newest creation. Before discussing this latest creation, it is good to know about the impetus for all this. Watch modding is a very niche but dedicated hobby. Basically, it is modifying aspects of one watch, such as the hands, dial, color, or anything else – in order to look like another watch, or something totally unique. It is more than just simply changing the strap of bracelet. While the modifications can be minor, often the result is a drastically altered watch, with the best mods looking like they were true production models. People mod watch for various reasons. Some like the custom look, some simply want that watch that just missed being perfect, to be perfect. The good news is that there are lots of available watch out there, and the clever modder can amaze you working with a good ‘base’ watch. It could boggle your mind with possibilities. I am still waiting for the perfect Seiko Rolex mod.
Most of the time, the person designing the modified watch, and the person doing the work are different. Various watch modifiers exist and each have different specialties and prices. The best combination is having an imaginative mind with knowledge of the available parts, combined with a good watch modder who can do the work.
Today’s mod is another Seiko SKX013 made to look like a Seiko Orange Monster Ref. SKX781K3. The Orange Monster is a bit of a cult watch for Seiko being adored by many for its looks and low price. It is also very popular due its lume. Seiko has a special proprietary lume that is licensed by many Swiss watch firms. The Orange Monster Diver is known as one of the brightest night watches. However it is 45mm wide, and for some people it is just too big. The SKX013 however is 38mm wide, which is considered medium (or small to many of you). In this instance, the idea of not being able to wear an Orange Monster because it was too large did not seem like a good enough excuse to not enjoy the style. So a smaller SKX013 was used as a base for this modification. The dial, hands, and other minor cosmetic changes needed to be made, and the result is really nice looking believeable watch. There are a number of minor technical considerations to take into consideration when modding a watch, so this is a skill as much as an art, so it’s often a good idea to consult with an experienced modder if you have a complex project in mind.
As you can see from the images, you have the end result, the original Seiko SKX013 and the watch it was based off of, the Seiko Orange Monster. With a little bit of imagination, and the follow through to put your ideas into action, you can have an endless amount of customized watches. Right now this Seiko Orange Monster mod in mint condition (by high hobbyist standards) is available for $275 (includes shipping). It looks just like the Orange Monster, but smaller, and with a different bezel, that is arguably an improvement. If you are interested in purchasing this unique modified Seiko watch, please contact me here and I can arrange for the seller to contact you.
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