Behind the Build: Seiko Spork-Inspired Mods
The Seiko catalog is full of obscure sounding reference numbers so Seiko fans give their favorite watches endearing and sometimes funny names. This phenomenon adds to Seiko’s personality as a brand, and makes some models stand out from the pack.
Today we are going to look at the watch nicknamed the Spork. Produced from 2009 to 2011, the nickname ‘Spork’ is thought to be a rearrangement of "SRP043K".
Other people think the nickname was given because the watch is a combination of a Diver watch case and a Pilot watch dial. It is similar to a combination of Spoon and Fork Spork that people use when camping - called a Spork.
The Seiko Spork is a very popular Seiko model that has been out of production for a while, but you can use SKX007 Parts to make your own version today!
Specs of the Spork
The Spork was the first pro diver from Seiko to house the 4R15 movement and it packs a great 50-hour power reserve. The dial is clearly based on a classic pilot dial, and is instantly recognizable.
Like any pilot dial, the Spork’s dial is simple to read, and with large lume-painted numbers, it shines like a torch in the dark. It also has pilot style hands, and a date window at the 4:30 position, one of the more unusual spots for such.
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The pilot watch influence on the Spork ends at the dial and hands. The case is 100% Seiko diver, and it has a great black bezel insert, with the crown at 4 o’clock. The crown seems as its from a Seiko Monster as the designs of the two are strikingly similar.
In terms of size, the Spork is a little bit bigger than the SKX007, coming in at around 44mm in diameter, and 14mm thick. Unlike the classic SKX007, the Spork has 20mm lugs, which gives it a different look overall.
While the 20mm lugs might seem small for a watch case of this size, the bracelet overhangs the lugs, and makes the watch look a lot bigger. It is a great effect, and adds to the uniqueness of the Spork.
Anyone who knows the watch understands that the price of the model varies wildly in the secondhand market, and some can sell in the $1,000 USD range. It is a great model, but at that price, there is some stiff competition.
The good news is that you can make your own Seiko Spork homage, and use parts that are similar to what were used on the OEM Seiko Spork.
Here are the watch mod parts you will need for your Spork homage mod. As one of the most reliable watch part suppliers in the market, you will easily find whatever you need on the namokiMODS website.
Homage Watch Mod Parts Needed
One of the most appealing aspects of the Spork is the easy-to-read dial, which is clearly based on a modern Pilot style watch dial.
We offer the Spork Black Finish dial, which even has the correct date window position. However, note that our dial has been adjusted so it works nicely with NH35/36 movements (the OEM Spork dial may cause misalignment).
The lume on our Spork watch dial is also available in the classic green and the more Rolex-esque blue which gives you options when it comes to the build.
The hands on the Spork are simple, but a very important part of the overall look of the watch. Our Pilot White Finish handset is a great choice for any Spork watch build.
Seiko Mod Watches give you the opportunity to be creative, and if you want to make something special, think about swapping out the second hand with something colorful.
A bright Arrow Second hand would stand out on a Spork homage, and make your build one of a kind!
The Chunky bezel on the Spork is one of the parts that set it apart from other Seiko diver cases. Our Chunky bezel gives you the same kind of clicky, 120 position bezel that the original Spork uses.
You will also need to choose a bezel insert for your build, and we have both aftermarket, and OEM Seiko spare parts to choose from.
Unlike the original Spork, you could opt for one of our ceramic bezel inserts for your Spork homage. Our MM or 62MAS ceramic inserts maintain the look of the Spork, and give you a bezel insert that will last for years to come.
Finally, you will need a chunky crown to finish off the build. Our Chunky crown is a good fit for a Spork build, and will give you the right look. It comes signed with an engraved S, which gives your build extra detail.
Get your mod on!
The world of watch mod parts is growing all the time. We can help you make great homage watches, like the Spork build we described here today, or other classic homages that will surely look amazing.
For example, we offer Watch spare parts like Sub Rose Gold bezel, so you can make a beautiful two tone Rolex Submariner homage. Be sure to add a matching Rose Gold crown, and complete the look.
At namokiMODS, we are more than a watch parts store. We love watches, and want the world to have access to the best aftermarket parts there are. Check out everything we offer, and make watches that you adore.