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ginny

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I sent a message to Strega_68 asking him if he still had the original bracelet. His reply was quote " The Seiko 7A38-6000 was equiped with two different types of straps. If you have time , try doing a search on Google images, you will have conformation of my words".

He also included a link to this page.

Cannot imagine Seiko giving a two bracelet option on this model, or did they???

December 16, 2013 at 5:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Stuart. Seiko Oceania's database shows one bracelet - p/n G1157S. If in the unlikely event Seiko had used a second bracelet - and they have plenty of 18mm options they could have used, do you really think they would have fitted one where the motif on the end pieces didn't match the centre bracelet link sections ? End pieces (without part numbers) with such tiny insubstantial locating tabs ? :roll:




Look hard at the underside of the top R.H. lug in the above photo and you'll see what is probably a wear mark from the (much bigger) locating tab of the original G1157S bracelet.


December 16, 2013 at 6:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Strega_68's 7A38-6000 on a non-original replacement bracelet sold yesterday afternoon around teatime, against a Best Offer:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121236336587


For reasons best known to itself, Goofbid's eBay Best Offer Tool gave me the price in Sterling as £205.23.


http://www.goofbid.com/ebay_best_offers_tool.html?gbo_username=strega_68




Which I calculate as being equivalent to $333.33 - less than half his original $700 asking price.


December 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Jota at March 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

After a few attempts, we got to some decent photos, here they are, with its original bracelet, as Paul likes it:



Thanks for watching, and thanks to Paul for sharing this space with us.


Julio's 7A38-6000 is now sold - to another member of this forum. :)


For any readers not signed in, Julio's FS post included a different set of photos:


December 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Although not the best of examples, it would be remiss of me not to mention this 7A38-6000 listed today by Filipino seller jfm_watches.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310929809389




Apart from the 'plush' leather strap fitted, the crown fitted is not original.

It always galls me to see eBay sellers who slap Buy With Confidence on all their listings - because these are frequently sellers who certainly shouldn't be trusted. Before considering buying from this seller, you might want to flick back to the previous page and read the last part of my second post dated February 8th 2012, concerning another 7A38-6000 sold on eBay in November 2011 and the buyer's tale of woe. Filipino eBay seller restoredwatches and jfm_watches (and also nippontime) are all the same person.


April 15, 2014 at 5:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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For the record, jfm_watches auction for the 7A38-6000 ended early this morning. It sold for $150 (approx. £89.27) after 44 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310929809389

April 22, 2014 at 4:17 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's a rather tidier, more original example of a 7A38-6000, listed earlier this afternoon by another Filipino eBay seller.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151287391908

***Actual color of the item may vary on your monitor's screen or on the reflection made by photo shoots.***



The seller's photos are rather over-lit, but this actually helps show the watch's true colours and the (good) condition of the bezel insert. However the first image also hints at something not quite right with the minute marker ring. The original G1157S bracelet looks to be in decent shape, if a little short. I suspect this one will achieve a rather better selling price than the previous example.


April 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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The chapter ring looks a little stained at 6 o'clock 9,12 and 3 :/ ?

April 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Indeed, Don. As inferred in my previous post. ;) No idea what might have caused that. :/

April 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Five days to go and this thing is already at $114.50. I've got a feeling about $300.00 will take this one home. Paul, Don, I'm out.....

Paul 8)

April 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Well, I wasn't quite so sure whether $300 would cut it, particularly after a certain Australian bidder n***b (86) showed an interest. :roll:

The auction ended about half an hour ago, rather closer to $400 - @ $394.99 to be precise (approx. £233.80) after 47 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151287391908


May 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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By some coincidence, only two days ago, I wrote in this thread in the eBay section (bitching about greedy eBay sellers) .....

The unashamed greed (and ignorance) of eBay sellers offering over-priced NOS 7Axx spares continues to amaze and anger me.


In fact I started that thread started off, over two years ago, with this sentence:

I've already had a bitch about some of the extortionate prices a few eBay sellers are trying to ask for 'rare' NOS Seiko 7Axx spares.


So, Yes - I could have added this post onto that thread, but I think it's more pertinant to this one. Overnight, that same Saudi Arabian / Philippines based seller ako_nato, who also uses the ID collections_at_home, listed a NOS bezel and crystal for a 7A38-6000. 


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171389880051

Always feel free for any inquiries.

All items are limited quantity only.

Original NOS Crystal Glass and rotating bezel Part For Seiko quartz chronograph with case back number 7A38-6000




Whereas there's no denying these parts are scarce as NOS - almost in the 'rocking horse manure' category and desirable, his opening bid price of $149 is nothing short of ransome. Thankfully the bezel insert on my own 7A38-6000 is pretty good, with only the lightest of wabi and little or no loss of laquer, but I can imagine there will be other owners of rougher 7A38-6000's agonizing over the price. :/


July 18, 2014 at 4:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The re-listing for that NOS 7A38-6000 bezel and crystal was ended early yesterday evening - the 'error' presumably being the price:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171394948488


More likely, I suspect, as happens all too frequently nowadays, someone made the seller an offer outside eBay. 


July 28, 2014 at 5:50 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's a rather sorry looking example of a 7A38-6000 listed by a Spanish eBay seller which could probably benefit from that bezel. :roll:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221510612171



hola vendo este reloj seiko funciona perfectamente pero abria que revisar o limpiar los pulsadores ya que del tiempo sin usarlo estan cojidos pero el reloj se le acaba de poner la pila y esta en hora porque por lo demas esta en buen estado se le puede cambiar la hora y los dias bien la correa no es la sulla suerte en la puja


Trouble is, from the looking closer at the seller's photos, particularly the middle one showing the smudged dial printing, it looks like it might need rather more than just a new bezel - that's apart from a replacement for that hideous non-original bracelet. :/


July 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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I can't believe Seiko inspectors let that face pass! Abysmal!

Done a little screen printing and pad printing myself.

Paul. 8)

July 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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PHK --  There are all kinds of "dial refinishing"  outfits out there.Some very good, some bad :P

July 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The eBay auction for that sorry-looking 7A38-6000 ended about half an hour ago. No suprise given the apparent poor condition, there were no early bids placed - indeed not until the final 5 seconds when 3 snipers had a go at it. It sold for 57.50 Euros (approx £45.86).


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221510612171

August 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM Flag Quote & Reply

ketap
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Oh, the poor 7A38-6000. :( Come to Daddy and I'll try to fix it. :) It's not a bad printing, it's only dirty. ;)

August 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Smudged dial printing like that is fairly easy to 'fix', Carlo - as long as you're careful. ;) Done it a couple of times myself. 8)

What I'd be more concerned about is what's going on with the dial paint around the 2 o'clock baton. :/ I wish you luck ....

August 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

ketap
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Mabe it is rust at 2 o'clock? We will see. Thank you Paul. Good night. Carlo.


Belated Edit (by Admin).


Here are a few shots of his 7A38-6000, with the smudged dial printing cleaned up, now fitted with a blue shark strap, which Carlo posted on UhrForum.de a week later.


August 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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