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Sir Alan
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My 7A38-7020 on another wet and dreary day:



it had a new crystal and new battery last night.

April 18, 2012 at 4:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I had a (very) bright idea this morning .... or maybe not, with hindsight. :D

I remembered that lurking at the back of the top shelf of the wardrobe, was an orange jumper. A VERY orange jumper.


Ny newest incoming - 7A38-704A SAA021J:



April 18, 2012 at 5:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I managed to catch this shot in between the showers this afternoon. The available natural light wasn't the best (understatement). :roll:

Something of a topical one, this. It was another thread I started yesterday which prompted me to get mine out and take a photo:

http://www.seiko7a38.com/apps/forums/topics/show/7595354-beware-the-gender-bender-kamatz-lady-s-watch-

Kamatz 517000 'Pseudo Plongeur' on the original fitment (cardboard consistency) Poljot 'leather' strap:




Who can say what is wrong with this watch (as a functional diver's watch) ? Apart from a soggy 'cardboard' strap, that is. :P

April 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

jair1970
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I'd tell you but i've just drowned! :D


Bezel is in reverse

April 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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This was just hand delivered, a 7A48-5000. 



a real 'astronauts' watch ;)


April 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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jair1970 at April 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I'd tell you but i've just drowned! :D


Bezel is in reverse

Correct, James. 

This slight faux pas by the watch's designer had already been pointed out in the Kamatz thread on RLT last year:

http://www.thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=62733&view=findpost&p=635548

In case you hadn't read it. ;)

April 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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a real 'astronauts' watch ;)


Sorry, Simon but THIS is a real 'astronaut's watch. :P

My Yema Spationaute III (factory prototype dial with hand-painted mission flags). 




Until fairly recently, I'd had my doubts as to whether the Spationaute III had actually been worn in space, on the 1988 'Aragatz' mission.

The ana-digi Yema Spationaute I's and II's used on earlier missions are pretty well documented - with plenty of photograhic evidence.

I was trading PM's with a French space watch collector on ForumaMontres a few months back, and he emailed me this photo:




French astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien may be juggling weightless Omega Speedmasters, but if you zoom in, on his right wrist ....

If proof were ever needed. :)


April 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Today it's my 7A28-6000 'Bishop' from 1984:



I spotted this yesterday late morning and after a dozen or so messages with the owner we struck a deal and he hand delivered it to my office around 7:10pm. Has to be the fastest turn around yet for me from seeing to receiving a watch ;)


It was very dirty, having spent 13 years in the Gulf, then a long time thereafter in a drawer. The plastic pushers are uncracked, there is significant wear to the top side bracelet and clasp, but no damage (dings) or signs of misstreatment. The bracelet came with all original links (I've re-sized it and removed two links to fit me).


It had a full clean last night, a new battery (where I discovered tell tale crystals from a previous battery breakdown - but no back plate discolouration), new case back gasket and I stripped the pushers and cleaned and lubricated them.


The bezel was stuck solid, but came off easily and cleaned up (underside) to as new. There is some damage, but its not too bad and the red scale and numbers still pickup the light nicely.


It has a scratch to the crystal around the 9pm tachymeter area but it doesn't show up when reading the watch. I will probably replace this (but then I might just keep it as original).


The dial and hands are in very good condition - no lume rot or discolouration. Possibly the chrono second hand is faded to its very light blue colour.


All hands hit their marks, so I would say its an unmolested watch, with plenty of wabi and history :P


April 19, 2012 at 4:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Now that is an astronaut's android's watch, Simon ! :lol:




Just don't start playing with knives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3y5GSznNfI

April 19, 2012 at 4:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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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. :)

April 19, 2012 at 5:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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.... on another wet and dreary day


I just managed to get this shot in, before the sun disappeared behind the clouds (again), and it started spitting with rain. :mad:

My favourite cheapie (almost a 'freebee') Orient J39 'Diver' - model J39701-70 on a non-original Seiko p/n G1410S bracelet:




This coming from the man who used to say: I don't do 'Divers' as a rule. 

April 20, 2012 at 5:14 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Arpie
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I don`t wear it too often but sometimes I have to take it out to get some fresh air. Here is a 7A38-7020 two tone:

 


April 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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This coming from the man who used to say: I don't do 'Divers' as a rule. 


This is the one that finally jump-started my interest in them - a 'beater / resto' project' 7A38-7050 kindly donated by Michael Rothe. :)



April 21, 2012 at 5:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wearing this, watching the team - losing again. :( One of the less ostentatious Cartier Ferrari Formula designs, powered by Cal. 531.



April 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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My recently restored (to life) 7A48-7000:



I need to re-fit the 3pm and 9pm sub-dial hands as they're not quite on the marks.

April 23, 2012 at 4:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Today, on yet another wet day I think this 7A28-7040 is a good idea:



one of my favourites - a nice chunky watch with plenty of wrist presence.

April 24, 2012 at 2:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Arpie
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All right...let me introduce my recent Gold 7A28-7020. Fitted with a temporary black leather strap as the original bracelet is under a cleaning process.




I definately have to change the crystal and give a good overall cleaning to the case & pushers. Dial is very good, lume still glows, no water ingress or rust damage. Slightly a beater but that's why it is wearable :D

April 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

jair1970
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Hey there, er... long time listener, first time caller.

Actually bought a 7A38 that isn't a ten-a-penny model (well a 7270 to be precise):

It's a 7A38-6109, well documented by Paul on its model specific thread and with the seller's better pictures too:



April 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome, at last, to the 7A38-6109 Bling-Meisters club, James ! 

April 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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My 7A38-7240 today:



another poor photo courtesy of my new Nokia Lumia phone. I thought my Blackberry was bad, but the iPhone 3G and this Nokia are worse!!


(that said, a poor workman ....)


Anyway, the watch is in great condition, both inside and out. It almost feels new. I thought I wasn't going to like it in the flesh, but quite the opposite :)

April 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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