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7ARCool
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Not having very deep pockets, I tend to search every nook and cranny of Ebay Germany,.com etc.

I found this 7A28-7040 lurking in a dark corner of ebay.germany (sorry paul, I do not know how to copy Ebay pages,photos).

Ebay Item: 140716875932

I have a near mint 7A28-7040 case if this one is battered, but no original strap. :mad:

I shall keep the ana/digi watch (I have a similar Accurist) and eventually move on the others, any interest? 

So it does pay to be persistent and search mixed lots. :D


March 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Didn't you buy another similar 'job lot collection' like this, before, which included a Dugena Cal 35xx chrono, Chris ? :/



I'd suggest with the others you don't want, you photograph them, and put them back on eBay, properly desribed. ;)

March 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

7ARCool
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Yes I did win another mixed lot, The watch you thought was a Dugena turned out to be a nasty Swatch chronograph, LOL :lol:

You got my hopes up there Paul !

The Dugena was a G/p Ladies watch, and the Titanium Seiko 7A28 had a cracked crystal and thus damaged lume.

More work for me in the long run, but I will eventually give it a make-over. :D

March 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Well it was a bloody awful listing photograph ! :roll:

Remind me of the eBay listing number, Chris, and I'll post the photo up, to show the others what we were guessing at. ;)


One of the downsides of buying 'job lot' watch collections to get the odd 7Axx, is getting rid of the unwanted junk afterwards. :(

March 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

7ARCool
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Un-wanted junk, the Timex chrono is a horology classic LOL !  :lol:

Ebay Item : 120852728817

Won that auction quite cheaply, but seller was very slow sending me an invoice, so I just sent auction winning amount plus substantial post amount, seller kept the difference which was a bit naughty!

March 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Like I said, Chris - it was a pretty awful listing photo, even when rotated through 90° ! :roll:

See: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120852728817

Swatch, Fossil, Christ, Seiko u.v.m.



Hard enough to correctly identify the titanium 7A28-7080 - let alone see whether it had a cracked crystal ! :lol:


As for my wild guess at the one in the bottom LH corner being a Dugena Cal. 35xx (Dugena in the title) - well I got that all wrong. 

The subdial layout may be correct, but the button configuration is completly wrong (as per the example you posted elsewhere ;) )

and, in hindsight, if you look at the lower side of the bracelet you can just make out the typical Swatch bracelet link connection. 

March 18, 2012 at 6:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

7ARCool
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I have given the ladies watches to my sisters.The Seiko 5 is in fair condition.The Bergman has marks to dial where the hands have scraped thier way around. Top left is a Swatch Beep, with a built in pager,really handy these days,LOL 

The hideous watch (3rd from left,top row) is a nasty Citizen copy,why anyone made the effort of producing such a monstrocity defies logic!  :lol:

All in, not a bad price for just the 7A28, even though it will need some work, should be able to claw a few quid back for the other watches at some point, hopefully.


March 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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So it does pay to be persistent and search mixed lots. :D


I tend to avoid buying 7A38's in 'Job Lot's on the basis I'm not very good at getting rid of the other junk that comes with them.

I bought this 7A38-7270 in a job lot back in July 2010 (a mistake, as it turned out, as it needed quite a bit of work to put right):



I gave the white-faced SQ to a guy at work - as spare parts for his, and the non-functional Kinetic is still languishing in my bits box. :(


The only other eBay auction, for a job lot of watches that I've ever won, was this one on eBay in November last year:



I only wanted it for the 'Panda' Orient J39725-70 (Top Left) - which also turned out to need a lot of work, including a new PCB. :mad:

To save on postage, I told the French eBay seller he could keep the rest of them (gratis), and re-list them if he wanted to !! :lol:

March 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's a couple more 7A38's in recently ended eBay 'job lot' listings - the first of which wasn't particularly hard to spot:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300717140062

Vintage Seiko Collection Orange Monster/ Sports 100 Chrono/ Sports100 S/S




It included a well-worn looking 7A38-6010. The lot, also including an OM, sold for the opening bid price of $150 (approx. £97.81)


Not quite so easy to spot was this listing on eBay Germany:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130703958334

TOP! 3 VERSCHIEDENE HERRENUHREN, U.A. SEIKO, ERSATZTEILSPENDER?, SIEHE BILD!




.... which included a 7A38-7020, and just sold 10 minutes ago, for a mere 29.49 Euros (approx. £23.77) after 6 bids.

June 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I dunno about being a 'hidden gem', but amongst this lot of assorted 7T32's, I spotted a 7A38-7120* Titanium* - top row, 3rd from left:


See: http://www.ebay.de/itm/160933540211

Seiko Uhrensammlung - Seiko Sports 150 / 200


 

Uhrensammlung von Seiko Uhren 

9 x Seiko Sports 150 

1 x Seiko Sports 200 

1 x Seiko Sports 100 

alle Uhren voll funktionsfähig - in gebrauchtem getragenem Zustand


Sold separately, it would probably fetch more than any other watch in this collection (priced collectively at 1190 Euros :lol: incidentally).

However, presumably because it's only a 'Sports 100', seems it didn't warrant its own individual photo. Some people have no idea. :roll:


*Then again, zooming in on it, from the bezel, it might actually be the 7A38-7130 cream dial steel version - which is Sports 150 rated.


December 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This typical US eBay 'Junk Lot' listing includes what may be a common-or-garden, but cosmetically half-decent gold-tone 7A38-7289:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170972266892


Diabolical photos though. :roll:

January 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This diverse 'spares or repairs' job lot, comprising mostly quartz analogue chrono's, listed on eBay 10 days ago, looked interesting.

Apart from the possibly half-decent-looking stainless 7A38-7020, there was a 7T32, a 7T34 and a Citizen Cal.3560.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400365331180

Lot van 10 herenchronografen Seiko + Citizen voor herstelling of onderdelen.

Lot of 10 mens chrono's for repair or spare parts.



I was tempted, but when the time came, decided to pass. It went for 63.50 Euros (approx. £54). Possibly a bargain for someone. :/

January 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Some auctioneers have no idea how to group (or photograph) lots. :roll: Anybody fancy a Longines 9ct quartz dress watch ? :/


http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/18910960_longines-a-9-carat-gold-quartz-wristwatch-the-tw


July 16, 2013 at 6:33 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This cosmetically nice-looking condition, but non-runner 7A38-725A offered in a job lot by a US eBay seller wasn't very difficult to spot:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300948651355



Obtained from various estate sales is this lot of 3 vintage Seiko watches. All are Quartz. When batteries were installed none worked. Fix or use for parts. One is a SEIKO chronograph with a dk gray/black and gold tone band and case which cosmetically is in very good condition. Case is signed 7A38-725A. It does not look like this watch was worn much. It measures approximately 40 mm in diameter and 42 mm lug to lug. The middle watch has an orange dial and a silicone orange ....

As I do not know the history of these watches, they are sold AS IS and are AS FOUND. Shipping in the lower 48 states is $6.50. International requires registered mail. International bidders email for shipping costs to your country before bidding ....




The 7A38-725A certainly looked like it might make a good fixer-upper. For the best part of last week, I was the only bidder. Not that I needed another one, but before I went to bed last night, thinking to myself 'whatever', I set up an automated bid on auctionsniper, as the auction was scheduled to end at 4:00am BST, this morning. No chance ! A few others had obviously seen it too. Three snipe bids came in the last 6 seconds. The third lowest was marginally higher than mine, so my snipe bid didn't even register. C'est la vie ....


August 19, 2013 at 3:24 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I wouldn't call this a 'hidden gem' exactly, but the 7A28-702A in this 'Spares or Repairs' job lot on eBay Germany, which ended earlier today, might turn out to be a bargain fixer-upper. 



Especially when the lot sold for only 41.50 Euros:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321191901838

August 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Not exactly a 'hidden gem' (certainly not going by the seller's close-up photo), nor a Seiko 7Axx, per se, but ....

I spotted this Orient J39 (fitted with a non-original stainless bracelet) in a 'Spares or Repairs' job lot, last Sunday:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261282567319


The Seller's description included: ORIENT ..J39002-70...CS


I tried unsuccessfully to persuade the seller to split the lot. But I did manage to get her to post a better photo of the J39. It's not pretty:


September 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I must admit, that when I first spotted this 7A38-725A (just a 'Head Only', missing its original bracelet) in a job lot of 11 assorted quartz watches on eBay Germany, back in September, I simply couldn't be bothered to write it up at the time:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171127346445

11 Herren Armbanduhren(Seiko, Citizen..)


 

Sie bieten hier auf 11 Herren Armbanduhren verschiedener Marken wie Seiko,Esprit... Alle Uhren funktionieren nicht und werden deshalb als DEFEKT verkauft. Außerdem fehlen auch bei 7 Uhren das Armband. Hier eine Auflistung der Uhren:


-Seiko Quartz Chronograph Sports150 7T32-6B89(A0)

-Seiko Kinetic Titanium SQ100 5M42-OA20(A4) (ohne Armband)

-Seiko Quartz Chronograph 7A38-725A(A6) (ohne Armband)

-Citizen Chrono Alarm-Chime (Digi-Ana) 4-098439 TA 41-9524

-Esprit (ohne Armband)

-Louis Delon Quartz

-Ross Rino Quartz 19K Gold M602-01-B22

-TD Trends Quartz (ohne Armband)

- ATE H Puls Tech F15 (ohne Armband)

-Digi-tech 2-9529 (ohne Armband)

-Quartz Armbanduhr (ohne Armband)


The lot sold for an unremarkable 25.61 Euros at the time:


What reminded me of it recently was that apparently whoever bought the job lot subsequently decided to split it up and re-sell it:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151158008530

SEIKO Herren Armbanduhren Sammlung




 

Versteigert wird aus einer Uhrenauflösung vier Seiko Herren Armbanduhr, im gebrauchten Zustand (siehe Bilder). Die Uhren laufen nicht, werden als Bastleruhren versteigert! Bei einer Uhr ist das Glas beschädigt.


As you can see by comparing the photos, a couple of the watches, besides the 7A38-725A were in the previous job lot.

That auction ended yesterday evening, with the reduced lot selling for 36.05 Euros:

November 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

7ARCool
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181317309219

Finally found one!

The Seiko 5 is quite nice and wearable and the strap does not nearly look anything as badly scratched in reality.

Was a bugger removing the strap as was a very tight fit in the Seiko 5's recessed lugs.

All in I am chuffed as these bracelets are hard to find. :D


February 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Chris. I briefly thought about moving your post to the 'Wrong Bracelet' thread, but of course, it's the wrong way round ! :lol:

Perhaps we should change the title of your original topic to: Finding Hidden 7Axx 'Gems' ON other dross watches:P

But seriously - well spotted !! 



I have a near mint 7A28-7040 case if this one is battered, but no original strap.


So which bracelet is it ? A B1241S or the B1075S you were looking for at the start of this thread ? 


Was a bugger removing the strap as was a very tight fit in the Seiko 5's recessed lugs.


Hard to tell from the seller's photos, but have the end tubes been filed down slightly to fit the Seiko 5's 19mm? lug width ?


February 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

7ARCool
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The Bracelet is a B1075, No "S".

I had not offered the strap up to the case.......until I read your comment.

Yes the end tubes have been filed down and there is a bit of play.....bloody butcher!

Im sure I can remedy the play as this will annoy me when wearing the bracelet.

Maybe force some thicker spring bars down the end tubes so there is no movement.

Fancy filing this bracelet to fit a Seiko 5......... :lol:

February 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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