how watch modding works for beginners

Watch modification allows the creation of a personalized timepiece. It can be used for special occasions or as a parting gift. Having the right parts modified into the watch will make it special. 

Due to this, it became a staple for watch enthusiasts and horologists. But, now, how does watch modification work exactly? At first glance, it can be a daunting task with several parts. But don’t worry; once you know the basics, it can encourage you to create a customized watch yourself. 

Tools Needed

Before you start modding a watch, it is important to be equipped with tools. Some of them can be bought at your local hardware store, or it is lying around your house. Remember: watch modding is like assembling, but only more delicate.

You should have:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Gloves 
  • Cleaning Putty
  • Case Back Remover
  • Tape
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick
  • A dedicated workspace

Once you have most of the necessary tools, you will practice them with your hands. It is okay if you do it slowly. Why? Your skills will depend on how steady your hands are when handling a customized watch.

As you will work on a watch, it is a must to have your own workspace. When there is no space available, try to build one step-by-step. It is better to have one for more focus on the timepieces.

Revamp from Scratch

Some brands encourage you to have a modded watch. This is because you have your own style that no one can have. Think of watch modding as like surgery. You are building a timepiece from the ground up essentially. Brands such as Seiko PH are aware of the practice. Owning a personalized one can also increase its value compared to an existing line of products. 

Building Your Watch 

Building your own watch can go in various directions. Do you want a modern look or a classical approach? What about the casing and the strap? Are the clock numbers needed, or will the clock hands do? It shows the beauty of watch modding. There is no right or wrong since you or the person will wear the watch. They all depend on the outcome of the watch’s design. 

Most watches available already follow a specific pattern. You can change the color, add bezels or crystals, and include a personal trademark for watch modding. As long as you know what you are doing, it can enhance your watch modding experience. 

Watch Maintenance

When the timepiece is built, the real test is in the maintenance. Sure the watch is customized but think of how it can withstand the elements: water, rust, and small scratches. The watch will be dealing with a lot of physical activity. 


It can take time for watch modding to work. You won’t feel the effort until you are engrossed in the hobby. However, it opens the opportunity for making once-in-a-lifetime timepieces. For watch enthusiasts, this can give a good insight into the world of horology. So next time when you want to have a watch, consider modding one. 

Author’s Bio:

Luther Abrams is quite a jack of all trades type of guy. He loves exploring new things and cultivating his knowledge every now and then. Today, he grows more and more interested in jewelry and watches and even writes about such things in his free time.