Enhancing Your Seiko Watch: Dials and Dial Feet Modifications


At SeikoModder.com, we’re dedicated to providing valuable insights and resources for Seiko modders and newcomers to the watch customization hobby. We strive to be your one-stop destination for all the information you need. One crucial aspect of the watch modification and customization journey is the watch dial. Understanding the role of the dial is fundamental for any watch enthusiast.

The Role of Watch Dials

The watch dial, commonly referred to as the ‘dial,’ functions as the face of a wristwatch. It not only displays the time but also plays a significant role in defining a watch’s aesthetics and identity. Our mission at SeikoModder.com is to empower Seiko modders with the knowledge and resources necessary to make well-informed choices about dials and other watch components.

Key Features of a Watch Dial

A watch dial is rich in features, including:

  1. Hour Markers: These can be numerical markers (1 to 12) or hour indices (lines, dots, or other symbols) that indicate the hours. They can be printed text or applied indices.
  2. Minute and Second Markers: Smaller markers, often placed between the hour markers, indicate minutes and seconds.
  3. Branding and Logo: Many watch dials display the brand name and logo, contributing to the watch’s identity.
  4. Date & Day/Date Window: Some dials include a date or day/date display, typically positioned at 3 o’clock.
  5. Subdials: In more complex watches, subdials may be present for additional functions like chronographs, moon phases, or other complications.
  6. Text and Markings: The dial may include other information such as the model name, water resistance rating, and other details.
  7. Design and Finishing: Dials come in a wide range of designs, materials, and finishes, from minimalist to ornate. Common dial materials include brass, steel, enamel, and various finishes.

The Role of Dial Feet in Watch Modification

Watch dials are secured to the movement by dial feet, also known as dial posts. These small metal components on the underside of a watch dial play a crucial role in the assembly of a watch.

Primary Functions of Dial Feet:

  1. Attachment: Dial feet securely attach the watch dial to the movement. They fit into corresponding holes on the movement’s mainplate, providing stability and precision.
  2. Alignment: Dial feet ensure that the watch dial is correctly aligned with the movement. This alignment is essential for the watch hands to accurately indicate the time and function as intended.

In most watch movements, you’ll find two mounting holes to accept the dial feet, typically arranged around the edge of the dial. During modification, Seiko modders carefully secure the dial to the movement by attaching the dial feet through the dial’s mounting holes, often found in the black or grey movement holder. When a new dial is supplied with more than 2 dial feet removal of excess feet is required. Seiko Modders must give consideration the intended crown position of this mod as these dial feet are crucial for the alignment of the dial. For more information on securing a Seiko Dial to the movement, please refer to our case guides or explore the dial sections of the Seiko SKX & 5KX guides.

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