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PHK
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Nope, no complaints, the price was right. So in the parlance of vintage automobile collecting, its a "barn find." Give it a "sympathetic restoration" and use it!        I've got a can of flat black spray paint in the garage........hmmmmm. 

July 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

lanang
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with new bezel


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so much 7As to collect so thinning flat wallet :roll:

July 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

lanang
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PHK at July 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

And here is my incoming 7A38-7290. Definitely has "patina." Crystal and gasket need to be replaced. A quick clean inside around the pushers and it should be "good to go" Thanks again Paul!


Maybe a little black spray on the bracelet? LOL!!!

i think the bracelet fits to my 7A38-7080 with NOS bezel ( yes, it was i who stupid enough to shoot that bezel on ebay, my bad :roll: )

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so much 7As to collect so thinning flat wallet :roll:

July 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Don't worry about it, Agus. I guess somebody was bound to fall for it sooner or later. :/

Just a pity about the extortionate price you paid for it, particularly as repro' inserts will be available from Yobokies in the near future.

July 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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I can't quite remember when it was, but some time ago I set my heart on aquiring a 'Ripley' - the 7A28-7000.

Why? I like watches that have an association with something that means something to me. Aliens is one of my all time favourite films (sad but true) and I like sci-fi. I also like limited edition (and thus rare) things which set them apart.

 

This has been my grail for some time, and I guess everyone reading knows what that means - the highs and lows of the chase.

 

My first purchase (about 18 months ago)  was a dial, hands and movement from Australia. Very good condition and bought in case I found a good condition watch with a duff movement and / or dial/hands.

 

Then I bought what was sold as a tachy ring and spacer - I'm not actually sure they are for this watch - they've been sitting in my spares drawer for quite some time.

 

Then I realised that the dial / hands I'd bought were actually for the black version of this watch - the 7A28-7009. Oh well, something else to collect.

 

So I set about finding the rest of the watch.

 

This didn't prove too difficult, though it was quite costly. I bought a sample case from America which was in pristine condition but was missing the all important clasp (and I think it was also missing the yellow plastic pushers?).

 

Then I bought a pretty battered complete watch, with cracked pushers. This at least allowed me to make up a full watch.

 

Then I set about trying to track down the pushers.

 

As luck would have it, I managed to buy 4 of these by contacting someone from SCWF who sourced them.

 

So now I had a complete watch in very good condition. But not a 'Ripley'.

 

At this point the 'Ripley' started to become an obsession for me and I started scanning ebay and other sources.

 

A couple have come up for sale, none in perfect condition and usually just after I'd told myself to stop obsessing and spent the money I'd set aside on another watch(es).

 

I bid on a good condition bracelet listed on Yahoo Japan auction site (with the help of a kindly enthusiast) but missed out.

 

I then contacted someone who owned one and asked if he wanted to sell. For a while I was hopeful that I might be able to buy his, but we couldn't come to an arrangement we were both happy with.

 

In the meantime I'd bought a NOS 7A28-7009 from the USA, the price and condition did seem a bit too good to be true and until it arrived I was a bit worried. It duely arrived and was just as described - I even avoided Cutoms charges.

 

So at this point I had two black versions and no 'Ripley'. Grrrr.

 

Then last week, when I was on holiday in Dorset, ignoring work but still online I noticed an ebay listing for what was clearly a NOS 'Ripley'. It had a BIN and I (and lots of others) were watching it.

 

Well, I went to bed 'pondering' it. Did I really want it? It's just another watch. Is it worth it, can I afford it? You know all the questions. :/

 

In the morning I woke up, got up and hit the BIN button. I'd been crazy to even deliberate on it. I was really lucky someone else hadn't done the same first. Honestly!!! ;)

How dumb was I for even thinking twice about it. :roll:

 

And since then, I've been waiting to see what would arrive. It seemed too good to be true. What, if anything was going to arrive.

 

Well, the waiting finished today when this very nice box arrived:




well protected inside:



and stil better:



but it was worth it, because inside this case, protected by bubble-wrap was this:



and boy am I happy. :D :P :lol: 8)

 

It is pristine and NOS.

 

Wow!!!!!

 

 

Note to self - stop buying watches now. For a while. :|



July 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Congrats to your new purchase! Boy that is a very nice watch, and to have found it NOS makes it even better! ;)


Garacs

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July 27, 2013 at 5:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Considering my last watch purchase was a month ago (my 7A48-7000) I must say this newcomer is something I was not expecting to have so soon. Today the postman rang the doorbell, just 3 days after I had won the auction (in a quite fortuitous manner if I may add), handing me a recycled package for books from Amazon. MMM this didn't look too well right from the start, when the auction description cited "the pictures may differ from the original", like I reported in the "The lower end & bottom of the 7Axx barrel. Bargains & worse" thread...

Well, Ladies (if any...) and Gentlemen, let me present you my new Seiko 7A38-703A:

The watch is not in such a bad condition as I was expecting it to be, actually. Some scratches, and unfortunately the bezel has seen way better moments... The glass has some scratches as well, but nothing that really impedes the visibility of the dial or the hands.

The watch arrived working, but "stuck". Pulling out the crown to the second position, the chronograph second hand stuttered violently, but not progressing. The small 5/100 Chronograph second hand does turn nicely, as does the Chronograph Minute hand. The quick check function makes all hands turn and zero nicely (except for the stuttering Chronograph second hand). The Small second hand is not moving at all, though, it just trembles back and forth. I suspect the movement needs a throughout clean and oiling... A complete service will be done ASAP.

Here's a picture of the back, in not so bad conditions:

The serial number places the manufacturing date in May 1983.

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November 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Love the 1980's 'porn star' style chain link bracelet, George. :lol:

They seem to have been popular in Germany (like mullet haircuts).

IIRC, Andre ('Nova') had one fitted on a 7A28 he bought (maybe it was a -703B or -7040, but memory fails) a couple of years ago. 

November 7, 2013 at 7:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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ah, the mullet haircuts... you can still see them around here in Berlin.... and the bracelet: OMG...

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November 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

garacs1
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Apart from the bracelet, which obviously will take the way of the trash can... after a proper tear down, clean and oil I am happy to announce that the watch is now working perfectly! I uploaded a small video showing all the functions properly working, if anyone is interested ( I know we all know how our beloved Seikos work, but it never hurts to show it once again... :P )

My fully working Seiko 7A28-703A after a proper service

Now I only need to find the correct bracelet, part no.B1073S. Does anyone have a spare one?

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November 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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After a nervous wait, my latest 7Axx arrived today, all the way from Columbia.




it's a 7A28-7000 'Riipley' from 1982.

I've already got a NOS version, but it's just too good to wear, which I hate.


So, when this was listed recently I decided I'd make a fairly big play for it. I was surprised that it didn't go higher (and glad!!), Maybe this put a fewpeople off:


'THE ITEM IS IN BOGOTA COLOMBIA'


From one of the listing pictures, I was worried that perhaps the bracelet was damaged (on the non-removeable links section) but it isn't. There is a slight stress bend on one link (where the bracelet has been flexed in the wrong direction).


The pusher holder looks like it might have been replaced, as it still has the matte finish. The all important black plastic pushers are in perfect condition.

The phillips screws holding the pusher mount onto the head have been replaced (with flat headed scrws) but first impressions are that this has been done properly.


The crystal is very clean (and looks like its been replaced), the dial and hands look very good.

The bracelet and case have lost their matte finish, but I don't mind this.

All three pushers are 'sticky' (to put it mildly) but that will be a simple fix, and its fairly grubby.

 

So, time for a good clean-up and a look inside at the movement .....................


http://www.seiko7a38.com/apps/forums/topics/show/9538413-7a28-7000-ripley-restored



November 16, 2013 at 7:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Here's my latest, a very good condition 7A38-7280






it needed a PCB swap as the one it came with was dead, due to battery leakage.


But, a good result as it is in very good condition.



November 17, 2013 at 5:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Yes, I had a feeling that one might turn out nicely, Simon. ;)

November 17, 2013 at 7:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Here's my latest, a very nice condition 7A28-7020 all the way from Alabama.





It came with a stuck main chrono hand but this just needed a gentle nudge to get it going - I also lightly oiled the bearings.

It has a lovely gold lustre about it, not the brassy effect these plated watches sometimes have.

Its in very very good condition - quite a catch (via an old uni friend of mine who lives in Pasadena).


( this one came in as I sold my first 7A38 ).


November 25, 2013 at 7:33 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Funny yours should be a 7A28-7020 (rather than a -7029) coming from the States, after the discussions we had here, Simon.

Was a little surprised to see you selling your gold-tone 7A38-7000 - particularly as you've simultaneously 'replaced' it with this. :/

November 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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I never wore that 7A38-7000, and I've decided if every time I go to the watch boxes I never pick a watch, then it must mean I don't want to wear it - which means its going ......

And do you know, I think I prefer the 7A28 (sacrilege!!)



November 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Here is my "new" 7A28-7070. Some years ago a 7A28-7070 was my very first 7Axx. Unfortunately it didn´t run; so I returned it to the seller.

Now I´m happy to have this model again. Especialy case and bracelet I like a lot. Of course the two-tone dial is very nice too. It will be a nice addition to my small 7Axx-collection.




November 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Here´s my latest incoming; a 7A38-7130 stainless steel. I got it from the original owner who bought the watch in 1987. The overall condition is great with only slight signs of wear. It just needs a cleaning up; especially the bezel.

I really like two-tone case with the notched bezel and the cream dial.

The guy I got it from said that he paid 395 DM back in 1987 (ca. 200 Euros),  which of course  is much less than the 1295 DM of the titanium (black dial) version.

December 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Nice photos of a great watch :P


December 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Thanks! :) White dials are so much easier to photograph.

December 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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