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Quelque chose un petit peu plus 'jazzier' pour le weekend, Monsieur ? JAZ N8YZ669 (made by C.G.H. / Yema for the US market):


March 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Staying with the 'Panda' theme, but rather more subdued this time .... My Saturday morning 'beater'  - an Orient J39725-70:


March 31, 2012 at 6:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Another 'unfinished project' - the nearest thing to a 'home-made' Seiko 7A38 'Panda' that I've built so far - my Franken 7A38-702X



March 31, 2012 at 9:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Today, my newest incoming (from Germany - the home of the 2nd hand 7Axx). It needs a new crystal badly, but I can do that  8)



March 31, 2012 at 2:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Today, my newest incoming (from Germany - the home of the 2nd hand 7Axx)

Shush, Simon.  You'll give the game away.  You want everyone to know ? 


Here's my latest incoming, again courtesey of eBay.de - and I'm certain I've only ever seen this model turn up on eBay in Germany.

Like yours, mine is in need of a new crystal, and also a good cleaning - this is very much 'as received' condition. It's a 7A38-7130,

.... not the relatively common black-faced titanium SAA046J, but the rather more unusual cream-faced all-steel version, SAA092J. 




Compared to the cream-faced titanium 7A38-7120 (previous page) and Ti 7A38-7130, the dial on this one is marked SPORTS 150.

Mine isn't hacked in this photo. I presume it has had a new crown stem fitted at some point, which wasn't properly trimmed to length.

It works fine, but the crown won't push home fully. Needless to say, it will be remedied, mit Dremel cut-off wheel, in due course. 

April 1, 2012 at 5:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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A slightly battered blingy 'beater' for this sunny Sunday Spring afternoon - my Orient J39908-70, which came from eBay 'Down Under':



April 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Arpie
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Ohhh.....I hate Mondays....the only thing which makes me happy is my two tone 7A38-7190 this morning.

 


April 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Nice wrist shot, Arpad  .... but isn't that on your wrong right wrist ?  

I checked your YouTube videos and you're definitely not left-handed. 


PS - I hate Mondays too, and today hasn't been a good one - hence no wrist shot from me. :(

April 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Arpie
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OFF TOPIC! :)

Paul, be careful making judgement based on guitarists, they are tricky persons :D Sometimes they pick the strings with their right hand but actually they are left handed. (my guitar teacher was the same)

However I`m right handed :D 

In primary school I always wore my watches on my right wrist, then in secondary school they were on my left wrist. Interestingly during my university period I did`t wear watch at all. So let`s just say regarding to wearing watches I`m bi-handed...it depends on my mood really :D

It`s Tuesday Paul, so please show us something...at least your 7A38-701A :D

April 3, 2012 at 4:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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With apologies for the  Arpad - I was only 'pulling your leg' (again). ;)


.... please show us something...at least your 7A38-701A.


Your wish is my command, Arpad.  But I'm not wearing it today, so you'll have to be satisfied with a 'library' shot for now. :P



April 3, 2012 at 5:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Just don't expect this 'on demand' service in the future, OK Arpad ? ;) .... Here's an almost real-time Q&D shot of my 7A38-701A:




April 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Arpie
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Nice!!!! :D I like this watch a lot!

There are couple of small scratches on the bezel so I guess you want to sell it....in this case please don`t hesitate to contact me! :D:D:P

April 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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My first Orient '7A38' Pseudo Plongeur - in typical 80's gunmetal coated two-tone finish. Pretty much all original (including scratched crystal), apart from the NOS Seiko pushers (p/n 806007030), which I fitted as 'closest match' replacements. Model # is J39601-70.



April 4, 2012 at 5:31 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's a seldom-seen version of Seiko 7A38, and one I don't actually dare wear for any length of time, because it's in NOS condition.

Another gunmetal two-tone, to boot - except the coating on this watch is a much paler colour, which looks almost lilac in some lights.

The dial's colour on Seiko's database is shown as 'GRAY', but as I've managed to capture the actual colour pretty well in this shot 

you can see it's probably best described as 'Beige'.   Lilac and Beige. Very 1970's / early 1980's. Model # 7A38-7250 SAA080J:



April 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Sir Alan
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Here is my latest (but only by 30 minutes) - a 7A38-7190 from Germany:



in pretty good condition, and I really like this style and feel of bracelet.


The 2pm pusher is sticky - I fitted a new crystal last night and can see evidence of rust around the pusher base and then into the movement pusher spring/clip.


I've got 3 or 4 spare so will probably fit a new one over the long Easter break and generally clean things up.

April 5, 2012 at 4:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's another 'oldie' from my collection - again one that I don't wear very often (of more anon) - the Titanium 7A38-7130 SAA046J:




Just a quick footnote on this one.

Some of you may have noticed José Sotto ('Watchcooking') sold a couple of these on eBay recently: item #'s were 370598304557 and 360438241578. These two appearances in the Philippines were very much 'the exception(s) to the rule'. Nine times out ten, you'll find 7A38-7130's on eBay in Germany. They're fairly common over there - the most I've seen on eBay.de at almost the same time was 5 in November 2009 (their auctions overlapped slightly). Which indicates that Seiko must have pushed this particular model in Germany.

I wrote 'pushed', rather than promoted, because these watches certainly weren't cheap in their day.

Here's a scan of a German catalogue illustration from 1986:


Note the R.R.P. of 1295DM. That almost puts this Seiko 7A38 up into the 'lower end' of Cartier Ferrari Formula chrono' territory. 

April 5, 2012 at 6:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here is my latest (but only by 30 minutes) - a 7A38 7190 from Germany ....



Purchased by 'Sir Alan' from 'Sir Mikel', I presume, Simon. :D

April 5, 2012 at 7:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Another titanium one this afternoon, except the bracelet and watch case on this (including, unsually the case-back) are ALL Titanium.

The rare and sought after JDM 7A38-7030 SJS018:




Not the easist watch to photograph, because its sapphire crystal doesn't appear to have any anti-reflective coating.

The day wheel is showing Thursday, by the way, that's just the alternate japanese Kanji symbol, which I prefer. :P


As far as I know, the 7A38-7030 was the most expensive 7Axx that Seiko ever offered (and only then to their Japanese home market).

The price shown in the 1985 japanese catalogue was 100,000 Yen:




At the time, it was double the price of 7A28 'Aliens and Bishops', and three times the price of common or garden 7Axx's (33,000 Yen),

which probably accounts for some of its rarity (and desirability). 

April 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Not the easist watch to photograph, because its sapphire crystal doesn't appear to have any anti-reflective coating.


In fact that photo's pretty awful. Even outside, the available daylight is cr*p today, and it's too cold to go out and take another one.

So here's a slightly better one I found on file, taken not long after I'd bought it (from José Sotto, funnily enough) back in May 2010:



April 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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.... ideally with the correct day / date showing. Call me a pedant if you like. :P


 Erm, let's try that again, shall we  ....THIS time with the correct day AND date showing. 



April 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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