Golden Return- SKX011 Refreshed

I’ve never been a fan of gold. There are, however, a couple exceptions, such as my Gibson Nighthawk ST3 Fireburst with gold hardware, and my SKX011.

My first Seiko, as it was when I first got it on Dec 21, 2009, and “modded” it by putting it on a Bond NATO.


After some really hard use as my do everything watch, I decided to retire it from beater status, put it back on the oyster. I swapped for a Dagaz brushed chapter ring, Dagaz black Snowflake hands, Roman day wheel, and SKX007 bezel insert, clearing out all traces of gold.


Now after its latest facelift, I decided to bring back some gold:

-NH36 hacking/handwinding movement
-Yobokies Rose Gold Snowflake handset
-battered stock SKX011 gold bezel insert
-custom multi-plane polished bezel insert
-Crystaltimes dome sapphire
-Strapcode Super Oyster SEL bracelet




I thought about getting a new bezel insert, and polishing out some of the wear marks, scratches, and tool marks on the case, but I decided to keep all the flaws. This is the watch I learned on, might as well remember my roots.

Introducing SKX Enhanced

How many times have I heard, “If only the SKX007/9 came with with hacking and handwinding. And maybe a sapphire crystal.” Presenting AHW007/9. Factory fresh SKXs with brand new SII hacking/handwinding movements. Options for Z22 or Jubilee bracelet, and stock or sapphire crystal.

-Save 10% on any Artifice HoroWorks SKX Enhanced package through Oct 31 with code “SKXEnhanced”-


If you are looking for a dial or hand swap, it can be accomodated with no additional labor since they have to be pulled anyway. Send me an email at and I’ll get you squared away.

– Alex

Cracking open the Chrono

Finally pulled CD’s chronograph apart today.  Simple enough process.

Case back removed-

Chrono 1

Chronographs are a bit different than a standard dive watch, as the pushers that start, stop, & reset the chronograph function are fastened to the case, and must be removed before the movement will clear.  In this case, the pushers were held in place with tiny circlips, external diameter about 2mm.  You can see one the 1:00 position on the side of the blue tray- that tiny gray spec.  They came off easily enough.  Unfortunately, even though I made sure they were both in the tray, one somehow took off under it’s own power, so I’ll have to source a new one before both pushers can be reinstalled.  That will be nearly the last step, so it will not hold up the dial construction or the rest of the project at at all.

Chrono 2

Here, hands and dial have been removed from the movement.  The dial diameter is about 31 mm, a larger by 2.5mm than the dive watches.  In addition to the tiny circlip, a 9mm punch is on the shopping list as well.  It appears that the m/h hands are compatible with the dive watch hands, while the second/timer hand is much larger.  This means that I can fit some more exciting m/h hands than stock.  Next up on the agenda for this project is creating a template for the dial in Illustrator, and creating a digital rendering using various hands,  bands, and dial designs to get a feel for what will work best visually.

Chrono 3

Unrelated- fixed the Runway dial indices with Rodico putty, a steady hand, and super glue.  Going to pick up another one of these dials to keep on hand for the next time Mom destroys it.

Runway Repair

RMC’s 7s26-0020


Started with the ubiquitous SKX-009, which is a great piece in it’s own right.




Polished chapter ring installed.


Seiko 5 Sports bezel insert swapped in, bezel re-installed.


Dial, hands installed, movement back in the watch.  I was a bit preoccupied at this point to get any progress pictures.


Delivered to the birthday girl.


Looks like she’ll keep it.

Parting shot-




Assuming I can pump out a bunch of unrelated work, I’ll be able to tackle a few watch projects next week.  RC’s strap, chapter ring, bezel insert and handset came in today from Dagaz.  Still waiting on the new SKX-009 that will be housing it all.  I’ll be printer that dial, as well as CD’s chronograph dial.  CD’s will be something pretty unique, I am hopeful it will work as well in practice as it does in my mind.  The “Runway HiVis” mod is back… again… for a couple dial indices that have come loose.  Not sure if it is due to the dial or the user.  On the personal side, the quartz 6309-7040 will be getting a new bezel & insert, and I hope to swap the working 6139 movement into the 6002 case, but that is the very last thing on the list.

Welcome to my new horological hangout

From now on, this will be where I detail my various watch working endeavors, post interesting links, products, etc.   I don’t usually get too in depth with what I’m working on, but that will change, and perhaps there is enough going on to keep a couple people interested.

Stand by for my upcoming projects:  I will be building a custom Seiko diver with all new parts for RMC, repairing the Runway HiVis watch that my mother has managed to mangle (again), putting a custom dial into a Seiko Chronograph for CD (first chrono for me), and if I’m lucky, putting my vintage Seiko 6139 chrono together.

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