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whitemonster
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This 7A28-703A came back some time ago from fellow member Jurgen. He did some very technical stuff to it that I don't understand but it involved building in a new coil in one of the thingies - well you know what I mean:). Anyway, it works like new again. Thanks to the production date calculator I know now  this must be one of the very first produced: november 1982! 


December 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at April 19, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Another of my favourite 7A38 Frankens 'Modders Delight's this morning.


It's a 7A38-7289 two-tone case and bracelet fitted with the 606O dial from a two-tone 7A38-6080. Tachymeter ring is ex 7A38-7190:




The above photo doesn't really do it justice. The dial has a lovely radial brushed effect. I built this combination as an experiment, back in December 2010. I wrote (on RLT) at the time: Maybe this one's a keeper (in this configuration). I'll wait and see if it grows on me.




I guess it's a keeper. :)

2 years on from when I first 'created' it - as a tentative 7A38 Frankenexercise and I still wear it now and again. It's a keeper. 



December 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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 Well, as the Mayan calendar's prophecy of doom  wasn't fulfilled and we’re all still here, I'm going to be boringly predictable. :P

.... and carry on as normal - wearing my Yema Spationaute III. 


December 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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In the absence of any WRUW contributions over the last few days, please excuse this Q&D shot of my Orient J39701-70 'wrong un'.

I managed to grab it during an all-too-brief sunny interlude. 8)





December 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

whitemonster
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Shipped on the 26th in the US, landed the 28th in Holland: I love Fedex!  A very nice 7A38-7280 (Yes, the one from the SCWF trading post). It dates from January 1989, so it must be one of the last produced. 


December 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Another grey and gloomy weekend, with barely enough natural light, even outdoors, to take anything like a half-decent photo.

I've been busy, re-organizing and cataloging my Orient, Puma (and other odd assorted brands) watch collection box today.

I kept this one out, and wore it for a while - my Orient J39725-70.




It's a beater, but significant (to me), in that its design and use of common parts conclusively proves the tacit Orient / Puma relationship.


December 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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O.K., so I cheated a bit, by a few hours :P .... but this is what I'll be wearing later this evening - my Jean Lassale Thalassa 7A74-017.



As 2012 and the first year of our little forum comes to a close, wishing you all a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  


December 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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On a perfect, sunny day I felt it needed something suitably golden, my 7A48-7030


 

Happy 2013 everybody. Thanks to Paul for running this great site. :D 


January 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I concur, Simon - the first sunny day of 2013 definitely warrants a bit of bling. 8)




My recently acquired Yema N8YX53 - currently on an original Yema 19mm strap, but I'm still hankering after something more exotic. 


January 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mike Kelley
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Here's my Yema Spationaute lll. Older dial with 'Paris' and 'Quartz' shown. My photos skills are lacking, but I tried.



January 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Looks good to me, Mike. 

Welcome to La Vie en Bleu club ! :) My later model, and regular daily wearer (without Paris and Quartz on the dial) says 'Ello'. 


January 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Seiko7A38 at September 11, 2012 at 6:31 AM

What happened here? There are no posts for many days! :/


Well, Arpad, it might be that Simon and I are becoming a little fed up of being the only two who regulary contribute to this thread. :(

I thought that if maybe we stopped posting daily WRUW shots, a few other members might feel inclined to jump in for a change. :P 


Anyway, seeing as I've replied here's one from me.

Not a watch that I wear regularly, on a daily basis - it's a bit dressy for daytime wear, so I usually only wear it evenings or weekends.

But I got it out of one of my collection boxes, this morning to do a quick appraisal / comparison.

It's a franken I built over a year ago, from a 7A34-7019 sample case / bracelet, with the 609L dial from a 7A38-6109 sample case:




Reason for my renewed interest is that I just bought another 7A34-7019 sample case, with almost a full bracelet - on a whim. :roll:

It arrived yesterday, and is in slightly better condition than the previous one. So I may rebuild this into the new case and bracelet.

Or I may build another one; either the same, or with a different dial. Heck - I may yet even build it up into a working 7A34-7019 ! :lol:

I hijack this thread, to say that this is what I would like to have, replacing my 7A34-7010! Yet... the idea to have a "franken" kind of sets me off... This look gorgeous, though.

January 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I thought you might like that one, George. :D I nearly PM'd you a link to it, but I thought I'd let you wade through the thread first. ;)

Simon has built himself a similar Franken, using the same two-tone 7A34 case, but fitting a white 718L dial out of a 7A38-726A, IIRC.

Depending which 7A38 dial you choose (some fit slightly better than others) it really is a simple job to build. Literally a 'drop in swap'.


As you can see from the photo below, the dial upper dial plate surface flanges of the 7A34-7010 and 7A38-6109 are identical:




The 7A34-7010 dial spacer ring fits perfectly on the 7A38-6109 dial and is also a perfect colour match (better so than the 7A34's dial):




Half the battle with (deliberately) building any 7Axx Franken is the 'correct' choice of components - so that it looks 'right' (as if it might have been something Seiko themselves had produced) even if the watch is actually a 'wrong un'. I don't always get it right first time. :/

This was an earlier iteration of the same 7A34 / 7A38 Franken using a different 7240 dial from a two-tone 7A38-7289, which I rejected:



January 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Here I am finally, after lurking through 15 pages of marvellous timekeepers...

Indeed the last picture you posted:

does not look 100% legit.

And this post closes my search for the substitute of my father's 7A34-7010: I will try and build a similar "franken" provided I find all the right parts...

Nova has offered me a 7A34-7019 sample case in apparently perfect conditions, but some minor details are still missing. I think I will take it even if it is not a bi-color like your franken:

I really want to achieve that result, now :P please do not feel offended, take it as a mention to your work ;)

January 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Winter sunshine today - for a change. 8) So something suitably blingy - my latest incoming Yema N81W63, which arrived on Monday:



January 9, 2013 at 6:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Am I allowed to post here even if I still don't "carry" a watch?.. I just wanted to say, Paul, "WOW" to your last one. Too goldy for me, but man...

January 9, 2013 at 7:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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'Dress-Down' Friday and I'm wearing a suitable 'beater'. One of my Orient J39001-70's. A real 'warts and all' shot too. Battered case and bezel, worn gold plating and fitted with a non-original Orient 'fishbone' bracelet. But a lovely metallic champagne coloured dial. :)



January 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mike Kelley
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My First 7A38-7069

I know many have seen this watch in the past. But, this is my first. It runs well and all chrono functions work as they should. Appears to have been gently worn:


January 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Wearing a bit of bling again, this cold but sunny Sunday afternoon - a Teutonic two-tone 7A38: Junghans not so High Tech 24/4610:




This one's slightly different to (and not in such good condition as) that which I posted halfway down the first page of this thread -

Its dial is devoid of the tiny lume pips between the batons and minute markers. Also the sweep second hand and crown are different.

I'm not sure if either the latter are original to the watch (it had obviously been messed about with), but they don't look too out of place.

January 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wearing my 'second string' 7A38-7029 SAA013J today. I rebuilt it last year using a salesman's sample case, but the bracelet's original:



January 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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