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Phil
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This is my Seiko 7a28- 7050 bought from Japan it was quite expensive for me with the import duty I had to pay but it is as new condition. The hands are a lovely orange colour that dose'nt come out great in this pic. It looks better on the wrist


February 6, 2017 at 1:34 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Phil
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Just got this back from my son, bought 3yrs ago and gave it to him as a treat.

He's 20 and working so he thought he buy himself a class watch. :roll:

He's ended up with this thing

I have not stopped shaking my head :(

February 15, 2017 at 1:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Two 7Axx's have been added to my collection this week, arriving via a friend in Japan.

A great condition 7A48-7050 'Fishingmaster'



and arguably an even better condition 7A28-7100 'panda'



both have been on my "most wanted" list for a long time, so to tick these off in one go is a great feeling.

February 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Phil
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Nice one Si, love the panda also on my watch list

March 4, 2017 at 9:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

ewand
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Couple of RAF Gen 1s which arrived yesterday... 



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7a38-7190 (Dec 86), 7a28-7270 (Jul 87) & 2x 7a28-7120 (Gen 1 RAF) - Jan & June 1990

March 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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'A Couple' Ewan ?? :o I trust I had them covered in The 7A28-7120 RAF Gen 1 PriceWatch thread:|

March 19, 2017 at 8:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

ewand
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Actually, no :) They were part of an auction of military stuff (quite a few RAF Gen 2s too) - I think there were 6 or 7 being offered, and I bid on several and ended up snagging two. https://www.i-bidder.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/timed/witham/catalogue-id-witham10031.

I'll replace the crystals, Sir Alan is going to service them for me and I'll probably keep the one I like better, and sell the other :)

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7a38-7190 (Dec 86), 7a28-7270 (Jul 87) & 2x 7a28-7120 (Gen 1 RAF) - Jan & June 1990

March 20, 2017 at 3:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Not exactly 7A's (or Seiko 7A38's) but these three Orient J39's are now hopefully winging their way to me from Italy. :)




Above photo sent me yesterday by Michele of Segnatempo, prior to him packing them up for posting.

Left to Right: J39722-70, which I bought from him (off eBay), bargain-priced J39002-70 and almost NOS J39012-50.


March 30, 2017 at 7:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Readers may be surprised to learn that for many years there has been a notable gap in my collection - a stainless 7A38-7020 (SAA009J). I've compensated by owning 'a few' of the lookalike US market 7A38-7029 (SAA013J), including a couple of mint salesman's sample case builds. I had bought a couple of stainless 7A38-7020's off eBay Germany years ago, but neither were in particularly good condition. One of them became a favourite franken watch with the (ex-7A38-7070) 709L dial. According to my records, the other appears to have been broken up for parts - indeed, I remember now, that one had suffered badly from a battery leak and donated the lower dial plate for my 'split dial' two-tone 7A38-7020 franken.


The way prices for this particularly desirable model have gone up in recent years, I'd almost given up hope of ever being able to add a decent example to my collection - not without paying silly money for one. That was until earlier this week, when I spotted a badly titled UK eBay listing. It was purely by chance, too. The listing title was, wait for it ....


VINTAGE SIEKO QUARTZ CHRONO SPORT 100.




The seller's vague description made no mention of the model number (and also again included the mis-spelt SIEKO). :roll:


SIEKO QUARTZ CHRONOGAPH SPORT 100 IN STAINLESS STEEL ALL ORIGINAL WORKING WELL NICE WATCH SOLD AS SEEN, POSTAL COST ON SCREEN IS UK ONLY THANKS.


It was listed as a Buy-it-Now for (only) £100 - or Best Offer. When I chanced upon the listing, it was already a day old, had received 40+ views and had 4 watchers. Once I'd scanned the photos and realized potentially how good a condition it was in, I didn't hesitate to hit the Buy-it-Now button. What I find quite incredible, is that prior to my buying it for the full £100 asking price, two others had made lowball offers - only to be declined.


http://offer.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBidsLogin&item=272692290939




Some may consider £100 isn't that cheap, but when you compare it to this other example next to it on my eBay watching page ....


.... It was something of a bargain buy ! :D


I suspect the seller may have realized his mistake in underselling it, because not long after I paid, he sent me this B/S message:




Needless to say, my brief reply was polite but assertive. ;)


The watch arrived this lunchtime and is pretty much as I'd anticipated - a little grubby, but virtually unmarked. Indeed the SQ clasp is almost completely devoid of the usual 'Desk Diver' marks. There are one or two tiny scuffs on the bracelet, which is nice and tight with no link slop. Looks like the full complement of adjustment links are present too. The pushers have that nice 'as new' clicky feel to them - and despite the eBay seller's B/S message, the chronograph functions all work perfectly, with no hint of reset issues.


June 1, 2017 at 7:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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Paul, nice catch - especially one that helps complete your collection.  :D     

June 1, 2017 at 10:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I thought so, Don - not before time too. :)

Out of curiosity, I sent the eBay seller a message asking where he'd managed to pick up an example in such good condition.

He replied that he'd bought it at a car boot sale for £25 ! :o Still, at least he managed to make a (small) profit on the sale. :roll:


June 4, 2017 at 8:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Picked up this 7A48-7020 from eBay Italy for the princely sum of $85.20. :D No mention of '7A48' in the auction which I think kept the price low. $33 for FedEx shipping. Three days from Rome to my doorstep in Las Vegas…!

And, the watch is perfect. I mean NOS Perfect. Only tiny marks on the case back from battery changes. :)



I think I did quite well. :)

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

June 15, 2017 at 12:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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Nice catch Paul  :D    

June 15, 2017 at 12:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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I'm very happy. :D Thanks Don.




Having a tough time posting. Lost the last three photos so I'll try again.

Now over to 'What Watch are You Wearing'.

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

June 15, 2017 at 12:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

tropical fan
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Thanks to Paul for redirecting me to the right thread.

Was very pleased recently to pick up a couple of nice 7A28's. Both in super condition.

The first was as close to mint as I could see with this 7A28-7020 complete with original box and papers and bracelet.

The next was another great condition piece - a 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer on original rubber strap.



July 12, 2017 at 4:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Fabulous catch there Tropical…:)

Now if you had that Seiko Gen1, without markings, and swapped out the Yacht Timer movement…:D

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

July 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

tropical fan
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PHK at July 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Fabulous catch there Tropical…:)

Now if you had that Seiko Gen1, without markings, and swapped out the Yacht Timer movement…:D

Ha. Now there's a thought.

Glad I dodged the Gen1. With good advice from this Forum.

But managed a Gen2 '93 which I was thrilled about. Wears larger of course, and thankfully with markings. 


July 13, 2017 at 4:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Pip
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Wow, that yacht timer is just gorgeous! The 7020 is a corker too. Good score.

July 13, 2017 at 6:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

tropical fan
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Thanks Pip. Both are fantastic pieces to wear. But the Yacht Timer definitely lights up the wrist. Couldn't be happier.

July 13, 2017 at 7:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ivan Stricevic
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Hi guys, this is my first 7A38, bought from the first owner. :D Today, waiting for DHL and my package with the watch.

Greetings from Holland. 



July 18, 2017 at 5:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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