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:
Naturally, what's on everyone's mind would be the major difference between SKX007 and SRPD/SRPE series. In short, these are the differences:
|Caseback||Solid Steel||See-through (Crystal)|
|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|
The only two parts that are incompatible are the crown and spring bars. 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.
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.
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