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June 24, 2020 2 min read

In the last quarter of 2019, SEIKO announced and released new models to replace the SKX series, namely SKX007, SKX009 and SKX011. These new models are the SRPD/SRPE series - successor to the now discontinued SKX series. They were released as Seiko 5 Sports line-ups , also known in short as the "5KX" within the watch community. Listed here are the 5KX models that has rotatable bezel with insert:

  • Sports Style: SRPD51K1, SRPD51K2, SRPD53K1, SRPD55K1, SRPD55K3, SRPD57K1, SRPD59K1, SRPD61K1, SRPD63K1, SRPD65K1, SRPD65K4
  • Suits Style: SRPE75K1, SRPE77K1, SRPD65K2, SRPD67K1, SRPD69K1, SRPD71K1, SRPD71K2, SRPD73K1, SRPD73K2, SRPD75K1
  • Specialist Style: SRPE79K1, SRPE80K1, SRPD55K2, SRPD65K3, SRPD76K1
  • Street Style: SRPE71K1, SRPE72K1, SRPE74K1, SRPD79K1, SRPD81K1, SRPD83K1
  • Sense Style: SRPE83K1, SRPD77K1, SRPD85K1

 

Naturally, what's on everyone's mind would be the major difference between SKX007 and SRPD/SRPE series. In short, these are the differences:

SKX007 SRPD/SRPE Series
Caseback Solid Steel See-through (Crystal)
Crown Screw-down Push/pull
Movement 7S26 (Non-hacking) 4R36 (Hacking)
ISO 6425 Certified Yes No
Water Resistant Diver's 200m 100m

 

This of course sent shockwaves across the entire watch community having, particularly, Seiko mod enthusiasts apprehensive about the discontinued SKX series yet elated with novel releases.

Given that existing mod parts on the market were originally designed for SKX007, a concerning question rose among enthusiasts,

"Are the mod parts for SKX007 compatible with the new SRPD/SRPE series?"

 

Here is a quick table to identify what parts are interchangeable or compatible between the SKX007 and SRPD/SRPE series. 

SKX007 vs SRPD/SRPE SERIES
Parts Interchangeable / Compatible
Bezel
Bezel Insert
Chapter Ring
Crown
Crystal
Dial
Gasket - Caseback
Gasket - Crystal
Hands
Spring Bars

 

INCOMPATIBLE

The four parts that are incompatible: the crownspring bars, caseback gasket and crystal gasket. Given that SKX007 is screw-down crown, it make sense that it does not fit SRPD/SRPE push/pull crown. For spring bars, the SRPD/SRPE series have slightly smaller ends. Thus, SKX007 fat spring bars wouldn’t fit into SRPD/SRPE cases. However, because SRPD/SRPE spring bars have smaller ends, they do fit into SKX007 case.

 

FULLY COMPATIBLE

Fortunately for the rest of the most frequently modded parts - the bezels, bezel inserts, chapter rings, crystals, dials and hands have exact fitting dimensions between SKX007 and SRPD/SRPE series; thus, allowing ease of interchangeable and are fully compatible. In other words, these compatible parts designed for SKX007 will fit perfectly well in SRPD/SRPE series.

 

With all these essential Seiko modding information in mind, you will be in a good position to know that whichever model you selected from SRPD/SRPE series as a Seiko mod base, you will be able to modify just about all the parts.

 

Want to learn more about watch modding? Check out our tutorial posts 



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