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I try my best to keep all these 7A38-xxxx model specific threads updated with the latest eBay listings, but there are only so many hours in a day - and I need to work (to pay for my collecting habit) and sleep sometimes. So occasionally I'll miss one.


This 7A38-7010 'head only' was listed, albeit only briefly, by a US eBay seller, late on Wednesday evening. As it happens, the seller was of the typical narrow-minded CONUS only mentality, so it wouldn't have made any difference (to me).


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283181951365


1980's Seiko quartz chronograph 7A38-7010. Used but in very good shape. Lugs are 20mm. Shipping to lower 48 states only.


It sold a couple of hours later, in the early hours of Thursday morning, for $140. 


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283181951365

In this particular instance, WatchCount.com's Look-up tool doesn't really do any more than confirm that ....



But if you look at the eBay Bidding History ....




That reveals it was originally set up as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of $85. So either the seller had set it up with a Buy-it-Now option from the outset, or some canny buyer persuaded him to add one.


September 28, 2018 at 7:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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So if you've bought yourself a cheap 7A38-7010 'head only' (or are need of some form of wrist attachment, for whatever reason), what do you do ? :/ To answer another of Lolo's questions, from his most recent email, here's a partial copy and paste of an email, that I wrote in reply to another owner back in December 2014 (it's posted in full on page 1 of the 7A38-701A model specific thread).


Originally posted by myself on: December 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM


Thanks for your email. Sorry, I don't have any simple solution for your dilemma.

The Seiko p/n Z1118S bracelet is obsolete and no longer available. Their typical 80's lightweight folded link construction was a major weakness that usually lead to stretching of the U section joining pieces and early failure. Seiko UK ran out of stock years ago. I suspect Seiko USA will be in a similar position.


There are a few similar designed bracelets with 20mm fitment like Seiko p/n's B1424S, B1688S and G1410S, but none of them have exactly the same link section or that silver anodized finish of the original. Again your chances of finding even one of those are pretty remote nowadays - any that appear on eBay are quickly snapped up by collectors for use as substitutes on 7A38-701x's.


I would have suggested a Feiko aftermarket bracelet, but I guess you've already dismissed those.


http://www.seiko7a38.com/apps/forums/topics/show/7821161 


Now here's the rub (pun intended) ....


September 28, 2018 at 8:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I'm not personally bothered in the slightest about having missed that eBay listing for the 7A38-7010 'head only' while it was live. But as I wrote, sometimes I do miss spotting stuff on eBay - and on occasions, it annoys the hell out of me ! :mad:


Regarding replacement bracelets for 7A38-701x's (and anything else that might take a 20mm fitment), I've never been averse to using those cheap 'Feiko' 20mm bracelets as a last resort. Thankfully all my 7A38-701x's are on the original Seiko p/n Z1118S bracelet (albeit at least one of them is a bit stretched). I have used the the 'Feiko' bracelets, for want of anything better, on a couple of other watches, like Orient J39001-70 Divers. But, as they're not particularly comfortable to wear, due to their poor finishing, I'm always on the lookout for something better.


To which end, years ago, I'd set up a few saved searches on eBay, specifically looking for 20mm Seiko bracelets. They don't often find much worthy of buying - and obviously need refining, because for reasons unknown, they completely failed return a search result notification for a comparative bargain recently. :(


This Seiko p/n B1424S bracelet, which is probably the best closest-appearing substitute for a p/n Z1118S was listed by an Israeli eBay seller, a couple of weeks ago, as a 7-day auction listing, with an opening bid price of $9.90.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263933750918



Vintage Seiko B1424 s/s Bracelet for lcd watch Ana Digi 20 mm.

Pre-Owned. Please see photo.


It sold for a mere $12.50 (cheaper than the cost of a 'Feiko' 20mm bracelet) after only 4 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263933750918


Had I seen the auction while it was live, you can rest assured that I would have nailed it. But, luckily for the winning bidder, I didn't.  So understandably I'm more than a little annoyed with myself.  Had it instead been an original Seiko p/n Z1118S I'd missed, I'd more likely have been unconsolable. 


September 28, 2018 at 9:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Earlier today, I belatedly spotted this poorly titled listing for a defective 7A38-7010, fitted with a leather strap, which was listed 3 days ago, by a German eBay seller, as a 10-auction with an opening bid price of 1 Euro.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153197404726


Guter Seiko Qaurtz Chronograph 80er Jahre

Quartzwerk mit Datum , chronofunktion , leider defekt , geht garnichts .

Original Gehäuse mit Stahlboden , 39 mm .

Die Seiko ist gebraucht aber noch sehr schön .

Privat Angebot , keine Rücknahme und Garantie .

Seiko ist Defekt !!!!!


September 30, 2018 at 1:49 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Sometimes, when I see listings like that poorly described 7A38-7010 on eBay Germany, I'll put in a low bid. Sometimes just for the hell of it, when I've got absolutely no intention of following through, let alone attempting to win the auction. For one thing, it keeps my competitors guessing. But it also sometimes provides interesting additional information when I receive the inevitable eBay outbid notice.




That 7A38-7010 has 37 watchers besides myself already !! :o


October 1, 2018 at 9:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 7-day German eBay auction for a defective 7A38-7010, fitted with a leather strap, ended earlier this evening, selling for 67.88 Euros after 48 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153197404726


October 7, 2018 at 2:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This well-worn 7A38-7010, fitted with a cheap black leather strap, in place of the original bracelet, was listed earlier this evening, by a French eBay seller, with a risible 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of 315 Euros (and no 'Make Offer' option). Not that you'd want to if you had any sense. Check out the gouge on the top L.H. of the case, the manky lume and the non-original replacement crown fitted too. If you bought this over-priced piece of junk, that scratch on the end of the leather strap would probably be the least of your worries. :roll:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/123494247187



SUPERBE ET GROSSE MONTRE ANCIENNE DE LA MARQUE SEIKO

CHRONOGRAPHE MOUVEMENT QUARTZ

PILE NEUVE ,FONCTIONNE PARFAITEMENT

BRACELET NEUF EN CUIR NOIR AVEC UNE RAYURE SUR LE BOUT

LE VERRE COMPORTE UNE RAYURE

A NOTER DES TRACES D USAGES DIVERS

VOUS POUVEZ VOIR SUR LA DERNIÈRE PHOTOS UNE ENTAILLE SUR LE BOITIER

MONTRE ANCIENNE D EPOQUE

VENDU COMME DÉCRIT ,DIAMETRE 40

RÈGLEMENT CHÈQUE OU VIREMENT

PROFIL ZERO OU MOINS DE 10 EVALUATIONS J ANNULE AUTOMATIQUEMENT LA VENTE

MERCI


November 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This non-working 'basket case' restoration project of a 7A38-7010, which has evidently suffered water damage and is fitted with a non-original replacement bracelet, was listed at lunchtime today by a Spanish eBay seller, as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of $15. Strictly for the brave. :/


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283267472265


Seiko 7a38-7010, NON WORKING, In great shape, easy repair just swap the movement. great project. What you see is what you get. Look at my other watches for sale. If you have any questions let me know. Thank you and good luck bidding.


November 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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