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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

Seiko7A38
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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

Seiko7A38
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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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