Seiko 5 Sports SPRD and SKX007 mod parts compatibility
Let's talk about the new Seiko 5 Sports 2019 lineup. Affectionately dubbed as the 5KX because of its uncanny resemblance to its older brother the SKX007/SKX009, the new Seiko 5 Sports dive watch has caught the attention of many Seiko enthusiasts.
Today, we're going to be focusing on a question that many of us in the Seiko modding community have been pondering ever since these watches were announced.
Are these new Seiko 5 Sports models going to be compatible with SKX007/SKX009 modification parts?
We managed to get our hands on one of these watches before the public release, and here's what we found out.
What is compatible?
SKX bezels are plug-and-play with these new Seiko 5 Sports models. The bezel assembly for both watches are exactly the same. Great news if you want to switch up the look of your 5KX!
You can check out our SKX007 bezel collection here.
✔️ Bezel Inserts
No surprises here! Since SKX bezels are compatible, SKX bezel inserts will work with your 5KX as well.
Even though there are a whopping 27 designs and colors to choose from, I'm pretty sure the modding itch will kick in eventually. Some of you are going to want to swap out your inserts. Find the perfect bezel insert to complement your new Seiko 5 Sports and shop our bezel inserts here.
The new Seiko 5 models, like the SKX007, comes stock with a Hardlex crystal. If you're looking to upgrade to a sapphire crystal, good news!
Any sapphire crystal that is compatible with the SKX007/SKX009, will be compatible with the Seiko 5 as well. Step up your crystal game with our SKX domed sapphire crystals!
✔️ Dials, Hands, Chapter Rings
Yep. SKX007/SKX009 dials, hands, and chapter rings are all compatible with these new models as well.
In summary, almost everything that you'd like to customize on your Seiko 5 Sports, can be done using SKX mod parts. With the exception of...
What is NOT compatible?
Much to the disappointment of many SKX fans, the new Seiko 5 Sports do not have a screw down crown. As such, it won't be compatible with the range of SKX aftermarket crowns.
❌ Fat Springbars
The fat springbars that we know and love from the SKX, unfortunately cannot be a direct one-to-one swap on to these new 5KX models. The springbars that come with the Seiko 5 Sports have slightly smaller tips compared to the OEM Seiko fat springbars.
What this means for the modding community
The new Seiko 5 designs are pretty awesome, and we're personally a fan of the insane variety (have we already mentioned - 27 different colorways?!) that Seiko has blessed us with.
Coupled with the more affordable price point of the Seiko 5 (SKX prices have been steadily creeping up over the past couple of years), these watches will be a great gateway watch for people to get introduced to the hobby of Seiko modding.
List of Seiko 5 Sports References/Model Numbers that will be compatible with SKX mod parts:
Sports collection - SPRD55K3, SRPD57K1, SRPD59K1, SRPD55K1, SRPD55K3, SRPD57K1, SRPD59K1, SRPD61K1, SRPD63K1, SRPD65K1, and SRPD65K4
Suits collection - SRPD65K2, SRPD67K1, SRPD69K1, SRPD71K1, SRPD71K2, SRPD73K1, SRPD73K2, and SRPD75K1
Specialists collection - SRPD55K2, SRPD65K3, and SRPD76K1
Street collection - SRPD79K1, SRPD81K1, and SRPD83K1
Sense collection - SRPD77K and SRPD85K1