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Seiko7A38 at July 20, 2018 at 12:25 AM

This 7A38-701A in average worn condition, with typically faded chronograph hands, (now pale yellow instead of their original orange) and wabi'd bezel inlay, was listed yesterday morning by a Spanish eBay seller, with an over-optimistic Buy-it-Now price of 420 Euros.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253761849947


The Spanish eBay seller had re-listed that 7A38-701A, four more times since July, gradually reducing the Buy-it-Now price, most recently down to 280 Euros. I hadn't been watching it closely, so I'd missed spotting that it had sold late on Friday night. But even then, it didn't sell for the much reduced Buy-it-Now price.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253996889081

WatchCount.com's Look-up tool reveals it sold for a best offer of 247 Euros.



The eBay Purchase History shows there were a couple of other offers made: 

December 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at December 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM

If you'd added that (10-day) Italian eBay auction listing for a 7A38-701A to your eBay watching page, as I did, you'll probably have noticed that it's already been bid to over 500 Euros in less than 6 hours ! :o


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113425370557



The crazy early bidding on that 7A38-701A continued for a couple of days. With a full 7 days of the auction still left to run, it eventually stalled @ 600 Euros. :roll:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113425370557



The 10-day auction ended 10 minutes ago, with bidding still at 600 Euros after 33 bids. The extra bid (the only one actually made in the last 7 days) was placed by the winning bidder, 2 minutes before the auction ended - presumably as a 'safety' bid, in case anybody decided to snipe it.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113425370557

Was it shilled ? Of course it was. Let's face it, most Italian eBay auctions seem to be. The losing bidder certainly has 100% bidding activity with the seller. But how many other bidders were involved in jacking it up to that unrealistic selling price ?


December 15, 2018 at 9:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This well-worn, but unusually (for him) original 7A38-701A, with manky dial and hands lume, was listed in the early hours of this morning by arch Filipino watch botcher badingski, as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of $9.99.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/352550865154



December 31, 2018 at 7:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 7-day Filipino eBay auction for a well-worn 7A38-701A ended in the early hours of this morning, selling for $125.50 after 37 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/352550865154


January 6, 2019 at 11:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I sometimes find it difficult to express my utter contempt for would-be profiteering eBay re-sellers politeterms. The word Scumbag immediately springs to mind. A rather familiar looking well-worn 7A38-701A with manky dial and hands lume was listed yesterday by one such UK eBay seller times2go, as a 10-day auction, with an absolutely ludicrous opening bid price of £324.99.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/372584269132



VINTAGE TIMES 2GO

Modern Watches Are A Thing Of The Past!

Vintage Seiko 7A38 - 701A

Description

Vintage SEIKO Chronograph rare MATRIX dial

Age

1983

Movement

Cal : 7A38

Measurements

Diameter mm - Lug to Lug mm

Dial

Nice and Clean, please see pics

Crystal

Clean/Clear

Case

Very nice and clean condition, cleaned but NOT Polished, please see pics

Crown

Original Seiko, Good Condition

Bracelet

Original Seiko Bracelet

Overall Condition

Lovely clean condition, ready for you to wear.

Running Perfect,tested for time keeping and day/date changing as it should.

serial number: 305134

I try my best to describe my items, anything missed out due to human error is to be considered covered by the pictures.

I do not guarantee time keeping on any of my vintage watches even if the time keeping is perfect. Adjustments of some sort is generally the norm with vintage watches. Please understand this and keep this in mind especially if you are new to handling vintage watches.

I am not a dealer and this is a hobby, therefore I'm only able to check messages once every couple of days. REMEMBER ask Questions first and then bid, this will save time and money for both parties.

I expect bidders to have prior knowledge of the vintage items they are bidding on and I do not encourage novice bidders.

Please note, For Some Identical items, stock pictures may be used.

BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!

This is a private eBay listing targeted at fellow collectors, not a rental service for those seeking a vintage watch for that one- off occasion to then demand refunds because 'the item is not as described' or 'I didn't realise the colour doesn't match my curtains' or' sorry, my dog placed the bid!'. These types of excuses will not be entertained so no time wasters please!

THANK YOU

Times2Go


This watch, described in such glowing terms, is of course the very same well-worn 7A38-701A, subject of my two preceding posts, sold by Filipino eBay seller badingski on 7th January for $125.50. Although the seller has managed to upload the wrong photo of the case-back (from his other listing for the ex-badingski 7A38-7010) the serial number quoted in his description matches badingski's: 3O5134.




As for his blatant false statement: I am not a dealer.Obviously utter horseshit !


January 31, 2019 at 6:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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It's not like I'm withholding priviliged information, but occasionally, I'll deliberately refrain from posting about an eBay item, so as not to draw any more attention to it than necessary. As was the case with a particularly rare 7A38 spare part which popped up on eBay at the end of January. In fact, had it not been so late in the evening and the circumstances different, I'd probably have posted it immediately following my preceding post on 31st January.


The item in question was a NOS 7A38-701A bezel, Seiko p/n 82390103, which falls into the 'rare as rocking horse manure' category. It was listed by the Italian eBay seller simone00simone as a 10-day auction, with an opening bid price of 1 Euro. The potential for shill bidding aside, I was under no delusion that I'd pay dearly for it, if I actually won the auction. As things turned out, my not posting about it here in a timely fashion probably made little or no difference. The listing received some 238 views over the 10 days and at one point when I checked, it had 40 watchers ! :roll:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113608136240



Warehouse found NOS RING for Seiko 7A38-701A CHRONOGRAPH VINTAGE.

I don’t ship to Spain and Canary Islands.


The auction ended about 20 minutes ago, with the NOS 7A38-701A bezel selling for a whopping 151 Euros after 18 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113608136240


I won the auction. :D Now all I need is a half decent 7A38-701A to put it on. :roll:


February 10, 2019 at 9:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at November 3, 2017 at 6:36 AM

This well-worn partly functional 7A38-701A 'Head Only' was listed overnight by a US eBay seller with a ludicrous 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of $600 !! :o To add insult to injury, he's offering it through eBay's GSP programme, which for anybody in Europe stupid enough to even contemplate anything like that price would potentially add a further $188 in charges on top !


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/362148041161


Here's a blast from the past ! :lol:

Remember this well-worn partly functional 7A38-701A 'Head Only', listed by US eBay seller nite_flite_time back in November 2017 ? He did briefly reduce his ludicrous 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price by 25% at one point - down to 'only' $450. That didn't work, so he's just carried on blithely automatically re-listing it ever since, with the price back up to $600, still retaining the same eBay item number. :roll:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/362148041161


Now he's trying a different tack. Overnight he's re-listed it another 6 times !! :o

But on different eBay domains:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/362577329648 - Australia, asking $853.56 Au.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm//233161525539 - on eBay UK asking £459.30

http://www.ebay.fr/itm/362577349684 - on eBay France asking 534.66 Euros

http://www.ebay.de/itm/362577349757 - on eBay Germany same 534.66 Euros

http://www.ebay.it/itm/233161558421 - on eBay Italy again at 534.66 Euros

http://www.ebay.es/itm/362577350707 on eBay Spain again at 534.66 Euros


Just in case anybody still watching the original listing thinks they might be seeing double. Here's one who won't be adding it to their eBay watch list more than once.


March 10, 2019 at 8:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at January 31, 2019 at 6:11 PM

I sometimes find it difficult to express my utter contempt for would-be profiteering eBay re-sellers politeterms. The word Scumbag immediately springs to mind. A rather familiar looking well-worn 7A38-701A with manky dial and hands lume was listed yesterday by one such UK eBay seller times2go, as a 10-day auction, with an absolutely ludicrous opening bid price of £324.99.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/372584269132


This watch, described in such glowing terms, is of course the very same well-worn 7A38-701A, sold by Filipino eBay seller badingski on 7th January for $125.50.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/352550865154


I'd lost count of the number of times that profiteeering UK eBay re-seller times2go had re-listed the ex-badingski 7A38-701A, but I'm guessing it must have been 7 or 8 times. This morning, I was going through my eBay watch list, deleting ended items, to make room for more over-priced crap (which I have no intention of buying), when I noticed the latest re-listing showed: 'This item is out of stock'. It would appear that yesterday afternoon he'd reduced the opening bid price from £324.99 to 'only' £250 and someone had bought it soon afterwards.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/372647089950

The eBay Purchase History tends to confirm that, but there's a Best Offer rider:



A WatchCount.com search on completed items showed that it sold for £255



Either way, be it £250 or £255, a nice little profit on the <£100 price paid, for doing basically bugger all, other than taking a few deliberately dark photos. 


April 14, 2019 at 6:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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One of the unusual things about time2go's eBay listing was the way he described the dial: **RARE MATRIX DIAL**. I can't say I've seen that particular expression used before. I think I may have referred to it as a 'grid pattern' before now. It's certainly distinctive and unique to this particular model of Seiko 7A38. A similar pattern is used by Audemars Piguet on many of their watch dials - but let's not go there, otherwise the 7A38-701A might start getting tagged 'Royal Oak' as well. :roll:


So when you're searching for a 7A38-701A, you'd always expect to see that familiar grid pattern dial - right ? :| Not necessarily - Not if the watch in question is in truth a complete and utter Franken, like this hideous aberration listed yesterday evening by an Italian eBay seller as: Seiko 7A38-701A Chronograph vintage raro.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273805613621


In fact the only parts of this watch which are correct and original for a 7A38-701A are the well worn case and bezel. So rather than contaminate this thread, once I've had some lunch, I'll write it up where it rightfully belongs, in the appropriate thread:

Heads Up on yet another 7A38 Franken(s) - Part 2 !!


April 14, 2019 at 7:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Just for the record, the 7-day Italian eBay auction for the above complete and utter Franken, based on a 7A38-701A watch case, ended on Saturday evening, selling for 85 Euros after 22 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273805613621


April 22, 2019 at 5:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-701A, which on the other hand appears to be completely original, albeit in well-worn condition, with a typically stretched bracelet, was listed on Saturday morning by another Italian eBay seller as a 7-day auction, with a somewhat over-optimistic opening bid price of 399 Euros.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/163657908888




Seiko 7a38-701a Chronograph. Orologio molto raro, primo cronografo al quarzo analogico mai prodotto. Si presenta in buone condizioni estetiche, ghiera vissuta ma secondo me molto piacevole per un vintage (vedi foto), e di funzionamento. Anche le funzioni cronografiche sono ok. Tutto originale, datario in italiano.

Per altre informazioni o foto non esitate a contattarmi.


April 22, 2019 at 5:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This well-worn 7A38-701A, fitted with a cheap rubber 'Diver' strap, in place of the orginal bracelet, was listed yesterday evening, by a US eBay seller with a laughable 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of $450, or the option to make a much lower more sensible offer. Personally I wouldn't bother wasting your time or money. Note the discrepancy between the discoloured lume of the dial batons and the fresh looking hour and minute hands. They're either replacements or have been re-lumed.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153465452058


For sale is a mens used vintage Seiko Quartz Chronograph wristwatch with dual date. This is a very cool vintage racing type watch. I just had this watch serviced and it is operating properly all functions work as they should. The case size is 39.5 mm in diameter x 43 mm lug tip to tip. The condition is good. The case has some fine surface scratches. It has never been polished. The bezel has some scratches, minor dings, and some fading. Import taxes and fees are the buyers responsibility.


April 27, 2019 at 7:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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In the early hours of this morning, the US eBay seller of the above less than ideal 7A38-701A had reduced their 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price from $450 to $400. It sold a couple of hours later, for $50 less again. Still too much to pay for an example in this condition, IMO.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153465452058


WatchCount.com's Look-up tool shows it sold for a best offer of $350.



May 8, 2019 at 11:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This well-worn 7A38-701A, fitted with a Speidel Fixo-Flex expanding bracelet, in place of the original Seiko p/n Z1118S, was listed yesterday evening, by a French eBay seller, as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of 36 Euros, or the option to make an offer.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273865082618


Seiko Homme 7a38-701a Sa003j Chronographe Montre Alarme Cadran Noir Rare. État : Occasion Service de livraison : Lettre verte/Ecopli.

Le 28-mai-19 à 13:22:38 Paris, le vendeur a ajouté les informations suivantes:

Vends montre Seiko qui a sûrement besoin d'une révision l'heure fonctionne correctement en revanche le chrono tourne pas bien mais je pense que l'aiguille des secondes touche celle des heures ce qui pose problème enfin bref je ne suis pas expert il manque un axe pour le bracelet Fixo Flex. Je n'ai ni boîtes ni papiers.


May 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 7-day French eBay auction for that well-worn 7A38-701A, fitted with a Speidel Fixo-Flex expanding bracelet ended a few moments ago, selling for a mere 81 Euros after 8 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273865082618


June 3, 2019 at 3:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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