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Very early this morning, I received another message through the website contact form. For once, not from another potential new member complaining (justifiably) about not being able to register on the forum. Though I hope this lucky chap from the Land of Oz will do so, in due course. Not just because he's landed himself an instant and pretty impressive 7Axx collection, but from the tone of his message, he sounds an all-right bloke. ;)



April 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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For those of you who aren't members of WristSushi (I'm not - banned long ago) or who hadn't seen the thread where Tim dropped his bombshell news, here's a link:


http://wristsushi.proboards.com/thread/16803/auction-pickings


His first post starts off:

There was an auction in Sydney last week, and the prices were attractive, so I went on a bit of a spree.


Ignore the first two posts and scroll down to his third post:




And the only photo Tim's posted so far of his little haul:




Top row, Left to Right: 7A38-704B, 7A38-7020*, 7A28-7070*, 7A38-7140, 7A38-7010 and gold-tone 7A38-7270*

Bottom row, Left to Right: 7A28-703A*, 7A28-707A*, two-tone 7A28-7020, gold-tone 7A38-7000, 7A28-7040*; 7A28-7040 Franken* and a 7A38-701B* 'Vulcan'.


*These watches (8 of 13) have been fitted with non-original replacement bracelets.


April 23, 2018 at 4:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Tim hasn't posted any more details since this morning (bearing in mind the 9 hour time difference from UK), but I did find this earlier reference to the Sydney auction on 19th April, where he bought them, in another WristSushi thread:




Yup - you read that right: 180-odd Seiko lots:o


April 23, 2018 at 4:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The following day, I wasted some time, during a quiet spell at work, fruitlessly googling without success, trying to find the auction where Tim had bought the 7Axx's. When I got home, I sent Tim a lengthy email, asking a few questions. He dutifully replied, kindly including a link to the auction. Turns out I had indeed been wasting my time. I'd searched what I'd thought might be all the likely (and unlikely) candidates, including Sothebys, Bonhams, Lawsons, First State auctions, etc..


Transpires that the 180 lots of Seiko watches were included in part of a much larger 4-day sale (which ran from 16th to 20th April) run by Noble Numismatics - an auction house specializing in selling collectable coins, banknotes and medals, rather than watches and jewellery. :roll:


Here's a link to Sale # 117 on 19th April which included the Seiko watches


The watches auctioned were the collection of Dr. V.J.A. (John) Flynn of Canberra, who passed away in May 2016. I googled him and discovered he was something of a wealthy eclectic collector (notably of Rover cars) and coins, among other things. There was also a rather disturbing ABC news article alleging some of his other less savoury activities.  But enough on that score. 


It's probably worth scrolling through the 7 pages of this auction sale to view some of the other lots, which included several Seiko Bullheads and Pogues. But if you're only interested in the 7Axx's, as I was, they were lot numbers 3347 and 3353.


Despite the lack of photos and poor descriptions (note the $50 Au estimates), Tim didn't quite pick up a couple of absolute bargains. There were two dealers present in the room competing, who pushed him hard. Thankfully, he still won the lot of 6 7A28's for $800 Au and the lot of 7 7A38's for $1200 Au - very reasonable prices.

Obviously there are auction house commission and other fees to be added to the hammer prices. These total an additional 19.25%, as shown below.


By my reckoning, that makes a final total (for these two lots) of $2385 Au, which equates to $1815 US and amusingly, at today's exchange rate to almost exactly £1300 GBP - for 13 Seiko 7Axx's - So Tim paid £100 Quid apiece for them. :) Considering they included the 7A38-701B 'Vulcan', he did very well indeed.


April 25, 2018 at 7:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Yesterday, Tim added another couple of posts to his WristSushi thread:



The embedded photo shows four 7A38's that Tim has since got running. 




Left to Right:

Stainless 7A38-7020 fitted with an incorrect replacement bracelet, presumably the ubiquitous Seiko p/n Z1357S. 'PVD' 7A38-704B and 7A38-7140. The 7A38-701B 'Vulcan', which appears to be a very nice example, now fitted with the correct p/n Z1118S bracelet. Not sure if Tim has temporarily 'borrowed' that bracelet from the 7A38-7010, or whether (as I'd suggested in my email) he's taken it off one of the 7A28-7040's which both appeared to be fitted with the same (wrong) bracelet. :/


April 25, 2018 at 8:33 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Tim also kindly embedded wrist shots of those 4 in his email. :)




Tim's final parting shot, in his current last email reads:


PPS. You can see the rest of the collection on instagram @timalexjohn


Thanks again for your superb correspondence to date, Tim. I just wish it had been you writing this thread, instead of myself. Hopefully you'll be able to add something to it in due course. ;)


April 25, 2018 at 9:01 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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