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Something a bit (read very) rough to start the new page. :P

It's not as if I needed another stainless 7A38-728x (I've got half a dozen of them already), but I never can resist a 'bargain'. :roll: I picked up this (ab)used 7A38-7289 off eBay in the States a week ago for $25 Bucks.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Seiko-mens-watch-used/173269768021



It was evident from the eBay seller's photos that it was in dire need of some TLC. In fact, my intention had been to break it up for parts. But I popped a new battery in it and it ran and everything worked perfectly, first time, despite the bent minute hand. So I guess I'm going to have to fettle it.



April 28, 2018 at 8:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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A little later than planned, a quick shot of my recently acquired JDM 7A38-6040 SJS038, after the first phase of its fettling - seized pushers now working, fitted with new seals, crystal and bezel insert. Still got to do something about those ill-fitting rattly bracelet end pieces. :/



April 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I haven't worn one of these in ages. :/ One of 'a few' Orient J39908-70's in my J39 collection. From memory I've got two of this particular dial variant - the other one is 'NOS', whereas  this one's obviously not.



April 30, 2018 at 5:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Hang on a minute !! :o On the occasion of my 10,000th post here, there's only one watch I should be wearing to celebrate - my original stainless 7A38-7270 SAA093J - owned for 30 years, never cleaned or serviced and running fine regardless - still with all my original DNA too ! :D



April 30, 2018 at 9:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wearing my 'beater' 7A38-6060 this afternoon.


May 3, 2018 at 9:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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It's Inter-Galactic Star Wars Day ! May the Fourth be with you ! 

Wearing my 7A38-6070 SAA073J and matching 'Darth Maul' themed shirt. 



May 4, 2018 at 5:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Swapped that (and the garish shirt) for somthing a bit more subtle, this afternoon - my newest incoming Seiko 7A38, which arrived this morning. It's a very nice, almost mint example of a two-tone 7A38-7270 SAA094J that I picked up on eBay Germany last week - for what I thought was a very reasonable price. :)



May 4, 2018 at 9:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's a Q&D 'as received' shot of my latest arrival: another variant of the RACER Orient J39024-50 - the hitherto elusive 'Reverse Panda'. :)



May 5, 2018 at 5:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Still my favorite. Seiko 7A38-706A. I had no intention of selling this one during my recent purge of watches with “patina”. ;)

Now I am going to concentrate on good clean 7A38’s. :lol: 


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Paul in Vegas.  8)

May 8, 2018 at 9:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Experience has taught me that if you really want to pick up any cosmetic flaws in a watch (or even a speck of dust under the crystal you missed) - take a wrist shot. You can guarantee it will show up. I tried on this almost mint 7A38-6060 SAA071J, which I hadn't worn in a good while, this afternoon, with exactly that in mind. I was looking for any marks on the almost pristine bezel. Found a tiny one - just above the 5 of 50 on the bezel scale. Couldn't choose between these two photos - both marred by reflections in the domed crystal.



May 14, 2018 at 10:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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NOS YEMA N8 Flygraf with the green lume. :)

May 16, 2018 at 2:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I dunno, Don. :roll: There was I, thinking all along that you were supposed to remove the hang tags before wearing a new watch. :P


Gentlemen, may I present my very shiny, newest incoming 'Nearly New' (with tags) Cartier Ferrari Formula Cal. 531, ref. F6444401. 8)



May 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I bought myself another gold-tone 7A38-7260 SAA100J recently, which arrived from Italy at the weekend. I'm not even sure why I bought it really, because from memory, I've already got 4 of this particular model, including a NOS example. :roll: Like that one, this little-worn, well cared for, almost mint example came on the original Seiko p/n BRJ37G tan leather strap. They're a bit too short for my liking; I can just wear them comfortably on the last hole, so I'll be swapping it for something slightly longer - probably in teju lizard - I've just got to find a different colour to those I've already used on the others. :lol:



May 21, 2018 at 9:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This may seem inappropriate, but as I haven't written anything elsewhere on the 'Net, I wanted to record the date in memoriam. Earlier today, I wore this stainless 7A38-7000 to a funeral. :(



Saying a final farewell to my youngest brother Tim, who sadly decided to cut short his own life at the end of last month, during a bout of depression. Such a waste - a brilliant artist, wonderful human being, kind, generous to a fault, funny - sometimes even a bit crazy. Loved fast cars and pretty women. He had a sense of irony too. His body was consigned to the sound of 'Time is Tight' by Booker T. & the MG's.

God Speed Little Bro'.



May 23, 2018 at 10:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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My newest incoming 7A38 - another almost mint stainless 7A38-7020 SAA009J which arrived yesterday. Apart from fitting a new battery and adding a couple of bracelet adjustment links, this morning, it's pretty much as received. I'd already noticed the bezel is ever so slighty out of alignment. I'll fix that presently. ;)


June 1, 2018 at 5:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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In case you hadn't noticed, I'm in catch-up mode, after a couple of days offline. :roll:

This arrived on Monday morning, courtesy of my ever-obliging Stateside shipping agent - Paul 'PHK' in Las Vegas, who on this occasion certainly went 'the extra mile' (and then some), to acquire this for me. Yet another Yema Spationaute III Aragatz, but with the rare 'Mission Flags' dial, which I'd never expected to find on the wrong side of 'The Pond' (because of that 'Commie' flag on the dial.




Sorry, but I simply couldn't abide the fake 'antique look' strap it came fitted with. So very quickly swapped for a cheap but rather more appropriate navy blue ZRC 'Faux Requin' Shark grain strap, which I just happened to have in my spare strap drawer. It'll get something of better quality - which its condition merits, in due course.



June 12, 2018 at 5:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Today (nearly 12 hour earlier) it was this 7A38-6060 SAA071J.



June 12, 2018 at 5:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wearing my scabby two-tone 7A38-706B SAA084J today - because I can. :D



June 13, 2018 at 6:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Paul that is a great looking Yema Spationaute III. And if you think that fake 'antique look' strap is bad, you should have seen the hideous rubber strap it was on before I asked him to change it! :lol:

Today I’m showcasing a birthday present I received from a very good friend, who knew I collected Seiko watches. 

A Seiko 7A38-7290. Notice the absence of “patina” on this surprisingly original watch. What looks like wear on the leading edges of the case and bracelet is just reflected light from my shirt. Plus a couple of dust specks thrown in.

I was getting tired of some of my watches having a little to much ‘wear and break in’ hence the purge a few months ago. This is a very good start down a slippery slope! :) ;)

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

June 26, 2018 at 5:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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PHK at October 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Paul that is a nice piece. Now, if I can figure out a way to drive to the UK I would hand deliver those timepieces.  :lol:



That looks nearly as good as the one you bought for me, back in October 2016. ;)



(re-posted photo, but at least the date is correct)


I know it's a cliché, but wear it in good health my friend - and many Happy Returns for Monday. 39 again, right ? :P


June 27, 2018 at 2:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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