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Seiko7A38
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It's a couple of years since I've bought any Seiko 7T32's on eBay, and with the size of my 7A38 collection nowadays, nothing I'd ever consider doing again. As Dirty Harry said: A man's got to know his limitations. I hardly ever wear my couple of 7T32's (nor my 7T59).

But it doesn't stop me casually looking. The vast number of diverse 7T32 case model variations produced seems to be endless.

I came across this one on eBay Germany a couple of weeks ago:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110961849565

SEIKO Quartz Chronograph * Uhr * 7T32-7BOO * 150116 * Armbanduhr * TOP *




The seller's opening bid price was 99 Euros (approx. £80); there were no takers.

Quite attractive though - with very definite shades of 7T59-6Axx about it (or rather should I say 7T52, as there's a Date but no Day).


October 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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I saw that one as well Paul, and did contemplate it. The bezel and pushers are very 7T59.


I rejected it for much the same reason, though it did take several looks and a few internal conversations ;)


October 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Funny thing, Simon. :lol:

Whereas you and I both thought it was quite attractive (for a 7T32), but not worth the 99 Euros asking price - so did everyone else.

The seller re-listed it a week later, with an opening bid price of only 1 Euro, and no reserve: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110969071404

The auction ended earlier this evening. :roll:

November 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Hmm. Or maybe it didn't sell for that price. :|


Yet another case of 'Déjà vu', which sadly is becoming all too common on eBay lately. :/

The same eBay seller 'tikomm' re-listed it again on 29th November: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110983198865

December 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Here's another similar-looking (but not so 7T59-esque) stainless white-faced 7T32 - a 7T32-6D60, which was listed on eBay Germany

- as 'New without tags':


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150954287296

Seiko Quartz-Chronograph ,7T326D60,neu im Originalkarton



Unfortunately I missed the end of the auction, about an hour ago. Not that I really needed (or wanted) another 7T32 that badly, but ....


December 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Now this is a white-faced 7T32 (Y182 - same difference / movement) which I could really fancy, because of it's space connection. 

Not a 'Spationaute' by name, but a subsequent model, as worn by Jean-Pierre Haigneré on the Soyuz TM-17 Altair mission in 1993.




http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190764403115

YEMA Men's MISSION ALTAIR 1993 Analog Chronograph Alarm Watch SPATIONAUTE NIB



Offered NIB, by the same US eBay seller 'izeldor' (a.k.a WatchFactory.com), comes complete with blue nylon / velcro and shark straps.

Pity about the $235 opening bid price though. :(


December 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

kevkojak
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Just snapped this one up on the bay. Came up on a £30 start or £50 BIN overnight, so I jumped on it this morning.

I don't have many blue dial watches, and this is a lesser spotted variant of the 7T32, so it'll make a welcome addition!

Photo's to follow on arrival.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200860978683

December 8, 2012 at 6:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

kevkojak
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And another win!!!


Listed as "Seiko Sport Tuna Chromography" with a distant photo.


It's actually a Seiko Sportura, and a rare beast indeed. It's the very first branding of the Sportura, and the only variation ever to use to 7T32 movement before switching to the 2 button 7T62.


Didn't even break the £50 mark!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221161834704

December 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Spotted this Lassale branded 7T32-6G60 in stainless and 18ct gold listed on eBay Germany earlier today:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm//121107494994

Herrenarmbanduhr Seiko Lassale "ALARM CHRONOGRAPH" in Edelstahl/Gelbgold, Quarz




Comes with a crazy price tag (probably not too dissimilar to the original R.R.P.) of 695 Euros.

So if this isn't a re-listing, I guess it'll be around a while longer yet - rare 7T32 variation or not . :roll:


May 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Seiko7A38 at December 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Hmm. Or maybe it didn't sell for that price. :|


Yet another case of 'Déjà vu', which sadly is becoming all too common on eBay lately. :/

The same eBay seller 'tikomm' re-listed it again on 29th November: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110983198865


Further down the page of my search on eBay Germany I found what appears to be the very same 7T32-7B00 that started this thread.


 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300902329076



If not the same watch still doing the rounds, the current seller is using exactly the same two photos. :roll:


May 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I've seen lots of Orient 7T32's on eBay over the years, but never before this particular model, a HFA940:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221242564508



I'm not usually very keen on over-sized oblong pushers, but I'll admit they work reasonably well on this case design:




Note, unusually it has dual outer scales: both the normal Tachymeter and Telemeter. Pity about the badly scratched crystal. :/


The movement inside will be an Orient branded HFA000, like this - as opposed to a Seiko 7T32B or S.Epson Corp. branded Y182B.


June 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

bmwboris
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I really like the look of this watch.

It has a vintage look to it with the italic numbers and china white face

June 22, 2013 at 6:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Yes, I'll admit I'm leaning (even more) towards that 'vintage look' myself lately. :/ Perhaps I'm getting old.

Was sorely tempted by a gold-tone white-faced Roman numeral dial Citizen Cal. 3560 at the end of last year.

Glad I resisted, because I've managed to secure an example of the Seiko 7A38 equivalent. Of more anon. 8)

June 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

bmwboris
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Be strong Paul- DON'T DO IT!!!!!

Look what happened when you thought of getting you first 7AXX model LOL!!!!!

June 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Konkordski
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Considering how protective Seiko is of its movements (even rebranded 7T's) this one slipped through the net...

http://www.todocoleccion.net/reloj-racer-chronograph-caballero~x26942597

Racer seems to be part of Orient but can only find one other Seiko-esque chrono online (unknown movement):


July 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Well spotted on that Racer '7T32', Lawrence.  You're becoming quite the online obscure watch detective. 

But I wouldn't say that Seiko were 'protective' of their movements - they seem quite happy to sell them (to every man and his dog).

What you'll find in many of these 'lesser known' brands is that the movement backplates certainly won't be stamped 'SEIKO', and probably not even S.Epson Corp. They're more likely to be stamped Morioka Tokei or Shiojiri Ltd, or some other pseudo-subsidiary.

July 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Konkordski
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I'm only hunting for interesting chronos to compare and contrast with what I've already got. Regular Seiko's are a bit too popular and conservative for me, plus I've had a 7A for 25 years... Been there, done that ;)

I meant you see Citizen Miyota's in all sorts of nasty Chinese crap but never Seiko designs, even rebranded... Perhaps they're just priced higher so they won't end up in fake Tag Heuers!

Saw a couple of other sporty 7T32's in the last week:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/YEMA-Chronograph-Mens-Watch-/221254511915

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ORIENT-CHRONOGRAPH-TITANIUM-WATER-RESISTANT-200M-GENTS-WATCH-/221218520023

July 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Saw that Yema '7T32' (Y182) myself. I was going to add it on here, but then noticed the nasty after-market bracelet that was fitted. :(

July 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Racer seems to be part of Orient but can only find one other Seiko-esque chrono online (unknown movement) ....


Think I can confirm your suspicions, Lawrence. Came across this, which appears from the dial layout to be the same caliber:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Orient-Chronograph-Mens-watch-1990s-with-Box-and-papers-Good-bidding-/300936199670




Problem is the case-back is so scratched, it's not possible to read the model number which might give a clue to the Orient caliber. :/


July 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Getting back on topic ....

This one is a very blingy Orient 7T32 - a la Rolex Daytona, nearly as bad in taste as my Orient J39909-808)


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281140179218

OROLOGIO ORIENT VINTAGE LAMINATO IN ORO TACHYMETER CHRONOGRAPH



July 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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