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The eBay auction for that slightly graunched titanium 7A38-7030, including a NOS YA22A bracelet, by Japanese seller triton1967 ended yesterday, selling for a whopping $568 after 45 bids. Bearing in mind that the same watch sold on Yahoo Japan auctions less than a year ago for a mere 18,500 Yen, equivalent to approx. $168 (see previous page), that it achieved this price has to be attributed in part to one particularly persistent bidder who placed 30 of those 45 bids. 


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152502993667


April 19, 2017 at 4:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Speaking of those NOS YA22A bracelets, it seems his seemingly never-ending supply is still not exhausted ! :o

The previous listing ended a few days ago with some, if not all three (the quanity was adjusted) being sold.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152501555396


It was replaced soon afterwards by this latest re-listing:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152510720063

April 19, 2017 at 5:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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It's hard to believe, but it's been over a year since that Japanese seller first started listing his seemingly never-ending supply of NOS YA22A bracelets on eBay. The above, most recent eBay listing (for qty. 3) ended a month ago, with them all still unsold.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152510720063


The Japanese seller hadn't re-listed them on eBay since and I began to think that might have been the last we'd seen of them ....

Until this new listing appeared on Yahoo Japan auctions yesterday:



http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n216565241



Google translates the Japanese seller's now very familiar sounding description as follows:


■ SEIKO Speedmaster in the 1980s is a genuine titanium bracelet of 7A38-7030, YA22A.

■ I think that it is a very precious thing with unused items at that time. Condition is also a good thing.

■ 7A38-7030 was an expensive thing of all titanium unusual at that time, it was a high-end model of speed master.

■ The length is about 160 mm in flat, the lug width is 10 mm, the adjustment link (frame) is 3 pieces. Since it is an unused item, the growth of the frame is not at all.

■ It seems to be the standard length when looking at the catalog of the time.

■ It is free shipping on sending click posts if you do not mind.

Those who can use ■ Thank you.

* If you have any unclear points please ask a question.


Note: the number of included adjustment links appears to be diminishing. :(


June 15, 2017 at 5:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's an unusal job lot pairing which appeared on Yahoo Japan auctions earlier today, with an opening bid price of 1000 Yen. It's for a 6218-8971 SeikoMatic Weekdater and a 7A38-7030 Titanium 'head only' - both are described as non-runners. Here's the irony though. As an unmolested head only, the 7A38-7030 would obviously have made an ideal candidate for one of those NOS YA22A bracelets. Except someone has modded the case, by filing out the lug boxes and drilling the lugs. Presumably the butchery work was carried out, to enable a leather strap to be fitted, before the glut of bracelets became available. :roll:




http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v508127550



Google translates the relevant parts of the Japanese seller's description as follows:


July 11, 2017 at 4:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above Yahoo Japan auction for a job lot pairing, including a modified 7A38-7030 'head only' ended at lunctime on Tuesday 18th July selling for 20,500 Yen after 20 bids.


http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v508127550



The result is of course completely academic, because one doesn't know how much value to apportion to the Weekdater. :/

A far more significant Yahoo Japan auction result - for an almost NOS titanium 7A38-7030 SJS018 follows below ....


July 16, 2017 at 4:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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There was of course another Titanium 7A38-7030 listed on Yahoo Japan auctions at the beginning of this week (the same day, in fact: 11th July); one which most definitely could benefit from one of those NOS YA22A bracelets. It was itself NOS, apart from a broken bracelet (first joining link), so was listed as 'junk' with an opening bid price of only 1000 Yen. I didn't spot the listing while the auction was live, as there was no mention of 7A38 in the title or description. :roll: I picked it up, post facto, from this post on Wristsushi.




http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/257881245

ワケあり超希少未使用セイコースピードマスター動品615E



Google translates the Japanese seller's listing title and pastel coloured formatted description as follows:



Although I failed to spot it, it seems the auction got plenty of attention with 126 bids placed ! :o Going by the discrepancy between the start / finish times, I would suspect the auction was automatically extended by a total of 16 minutes, due to late bids placed. It finally sold for a whopping ¥167,000 Yen - equivalent to approx. $1484.50 USD / £1133 GBP. 




So is that a record auction selling price for a Seiko 7A38 ? :| I'd hazard a guess it could well be. I can remember a couple of NOS stainless 7A38-6020's coming close to £1K. A fitting result for what was the most expensive 7A38 in its day @ ¥100,000 Yen. 


July 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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With that last almost NOS 7A38-7030 having achieved a record auction selling price a couple of weeks ago, it'll be interesting to see what the next one makes. This well cared for, one owner example was listed on Yahoo Japan auctions earlier today, with an opening bid price of 100 Yen.




http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/o195513400



Google translates the Japanese seller's description as follows:


■ SEIKO SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH-QUARTZ

■ Ref: SJS018

■ When brand new Price: 100,000 yen

■ 7A38-7030

■ Serial No: 3D6591

■ Case diameter: 39.5 mm, Thickness: 11 mm, Weight: Approximately 75 g (around the current arm)

■ Full Titanium Body

■ Japanese-Switched Calendar

■ It is probably made in December 1983 Cal. Speedmaster with 7A38, now it is a rare model of a full Titanium body that we can not see at all. Although I remember that it was 1984 indeed, it is 1 owner goods purchased at a discount shop in the city.

■ There is never a single breakdown to the present until now, but there is no overhaul history, but 7A28 does not have trouble of the stopwatch function which is often seen and it operates normally.

■ I am thinking that you can use as it is about 2 years about about 2 years after the battery exchange at the acquaintance's watch shop on exhibition.

■ There are not conspicuous dents such as damaging the appearance, but since 30 years have elapsed since purchase, please forgive scratches and titanium specific degree of titanium.

■ There is a memory that brought crystal glass to Seiko Service once and exchanged. It is a condition that you can safely say that it is almost intact with the naked eye.

■ The circumference of the arm is 17.5 cm and I have some margin. Perhaps I think that I removed one link but it seems I lost it.

■ Accessories will be only genuine BOX at that time.

■ Since it begins with the lowest winning bid price from 100 yen, please obey the no claim no return after it makes a successful bid.

■ Please bear the domestic uniform 750 yen for the carriage.

■ As much as possible, we will ship same day by Kuroneko Takkyubin.

■ Please be sure to inform the newer from the question column before bidding.

■ The bid of those who feel uneasy in dealings will be canceled without prior notice.

■ Although it is actually selfish, please bid only for those who can get contact within 48 hours from the end of the auction.


August 2, 2017 at 4:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above Yahoo Japan auction for a titanium 7A38-7030 ended a few moments ago, in something of an anti-climax. Earlier in the week, when I'd checked on it, with two days of the auction still to run, it had already been bid to over 50,000 Yen - and acheived its rightful N°.1 status as a featured listing.



With 10 minutes left before the auction was scheduled to end, at just before midnight local Japanese time, it had already been bid to 163,000 Yen.




Like most YJ auctions, this one was set to automatically extend, if any late bids are placed. As it transpired, none were forthcoming and it sold for ¥163,000 Yen after 57 bids. While not quite as high as the previous record, that's still a very respectable selling price, equivalent to approx. $1472.65 USD /  £1129.50 GBP.


http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/o195513400



August 6, 2017 at 10:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Another titanium 7A38-7030 was listed on Yahoo Japan auctions earlier today, with an opening bid price of 1000 Yen. Obviously this one's not in such good condition as the two previous examples, but it does appear to be yet another example that has benefitted from one of those NOS YA22A bracelets. I'm not quite sure what to make of the seller's description (see Google translation below) - in parts, it seems to be bit of a 'work in progress' (in terms of tenses). The 'oil stain' on the centre right of dial that he mentions is visible to the left of the day window (at first I thought it was a shadow), but what's also noticeable is how the CHRONOGRAPH script on the dial has faded quite badly - to an almost pale yellow. Not an uncommon problem.


Something of a pleasant surprise was the size of the 3 Yahoo Japan hosted photos. When I came to right click and save them, I found they were 1200x900 instead of the usual antiquated 640x480 size that we've  had to put up with for years. Whether this is something clever the seller did, or an enhancement by Yahoo (not before time) remains to be seen.



http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/d243889522



Google translates the Japanese seller's description as follows:


Thank you for looking. Seiko · 7 A series Speedmaster, rare titanium model. At the moment, both an operation and a chrono function are not found abnormal, but since it is old, I think that OH is almost required. Because it is old, you can see the feeling of use on the case, and stuff like oil stain on the center right of the dial. Although I think that it is still firm as I am replacing it with the original belt of the dead stock and not using it much, the clasp part has rubbing. * Clock stand is not included. ■ I am waiting for the bid of the old one, those with an understanding in the antique. Those seeking perfect items should refrain from bidding. ■ It will be shipped by Yahoo Neko Takkyubin 60 size. Dispatch by letter pack and non-standard-size etc that can not be handled is not possible. ■ Please understand beforehand that the bidding of many bad evaluations may be withdrawn without prior notice. Thank you.


August 19, 2017 at 4:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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To further add to the confusion over the translation of the Japanese seller's description ....

I ran another search on Yahoo Japan this afternoon to find that he's also just listed a 7A38-7030 p/n YA22A bracelet.

It's 'dead stock' (theoretically NOS), but with some cosmetic issues. So what is actually fitted to the 7A38-7030 he listed ?



http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/u158702545




Google translates the Japanese description as follows:


Thank you for looking. Seiko · 7 A series Speedmaster, 7 A 38 - 7030 belt, dead stock. It is the reason of "there is a problem", but is it round dirt? discoloration? There is something like. I can not take it even if I rub it. However, I think that it is a valuable thing, so how are those who have this model as spare? ■ I am waiting for the bid of the old one, those with an understanding in the antique. Those seeking perfect items should refrain from bidding. It becomes sending out with a letter pack ■. ■ Please understand beforehand that the bidding of many bad evaluations may be withdrawn without prior notice. Thank you.


August 19, 2017 at 9:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Those two Yahoo Japan auctions for the titanium 7A38-7030 and a YA22A bracelet, from the same seller, ended this afternoon.


The 7A38-7030 made ¥89,800 Yen after 36 bids, equivalent to approx. $822.25 USD / £638.20 GBP.


http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/d243889522




The YA22A bracelet made ¥9,800 Yen after 20 bids - a surprisingly high figure, given its cosmetic issues, compared to similar NOS bracelets that have previously sold for less. That said, it still wasn't expensive - equivalent to approx. $89.75 USD / £69.65 GBP.


http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/u158702545



August 25, 2017 at 1:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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