The key players
Yobokies: Yobokies.com is Harold Ng, who shows his goods through a Photobucket account. There’s no ordering online. You email him what you want and he let’s you know if he can do it.
DAGAZ: Jake B’s online shop sells a variety of parts for modding. His selection of bezel inserts is astounding. (see our interview here)
North East Watch Works: Duarte Mendonca does custom mods and offers bead blasting.
Motor City Watch Works: Jay in Michigan is known for his cerakoted finishes and also offers a range of modding and repair services.
International Watch Works: Jack Alexyon is considered the man for vintage restoration and he also does a mod work.
Monster Watches: Rob in the Netherlands can source very hard to get original Seiko parts and he is a trusted modder for those in Europe.
Artifice Horoworks: Higher end Seiko mods, featuring CeraKoting as well as movement swaps.
Watches by Nick: Classic Seiko 5 Mods, including field watch designs, as well as elaborate engraved bezels and cases
This article barely scratches the surface of what can be done in the world of watch modding. People do movement swaps, different coatings and finishes, shave down perimeters of dials to fit in a particular watch case, and so on… I haven’t even started introducing all the players who make custom parts such as Jonathan “Swedefreak” Koch, who specializes in crystals, or Dave Murphy, who machines custom bezels.
Be careful. Watch modding can be addictive. A lot of fun comes in the planning. If you enjoy getting creative with design and love watches, then jump right into the world of watch modding.