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Rob Benham
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Hi, I'm using my real name, the name I used to buy my 7A38 some 28 years ago. I was a middle-aged pilot then, and by the time I could afford a proper pilot’s watch my eyes were not good enough to see the tacho dial, so my new acquisition was somewhat wasted. Thanks to your forum, it’s now in pieces on my hobby bench, however, trying to add magnification by stacking up ready-readers on the end of my nose is somewhat inhibiting. Only the clear photos and good technical writing of the forum is giving me hope of ever using my watch again.

December 3, 2013 at 11:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome aboard (at the third attempt), Rob - thanks for persevering. :) Looks like you had a couple of problems (viz blank posts). 

I suspect you may have been a victim of the Webs 'timeout' error, which is flagged in another thread in this section. Although the problem hasn't entirely gone away, it's been happening less often recently. In case you're wondering where they've gone - I've copied the text from your third post and pasted it into your first, then deleted the other two. Which model 7A38 did you choose by the way ? 


Edit: Just saw you wrote on your profile: 7A38-7000 owner since they were £150 new.

December 4, 2013 at 4:50 AM Flag Quote & Reply

MTX371
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Hey guys,

my name is Tim from Germany, 40 years old and Seikomaniac since about a year...

The last years I was more and more thinking about the Seiko, my cousin had in the middle 80´ies... In my opinion it was a 7A38-704A, but I may be wrong... So I have done my search for this beautiful watch - and found one in Italy.

After doing some research about the 7A28/38/48 i found some more examples, which I wanted to have too... So a 7069 and 7089 (titan models). After I got them I wanted to stop - but I couldn´t... 

Some weeks ago I found this wonderful forum (and Paul... ;) ) and I hope to learn a lot about our beauties here...

In this sense - may there always be a 7A28/38/48 on our wrist... :)

Cheers!

Tim

January 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

MarkDubya83
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Hi, I'm Mark and I got into 7Axx watches when I was looking for a 7A28-7000 Aliens as an engagement gift for the now future Mrs Dubya. While I know I overpaid for it, it was totally worthwhile and considerably cheaper than a diamond ring! What I hadn't anticipated was just how compelling the whole world of vintage watches is. I've since bought a 7A38-7120 (titanium with gold highlights) which is worn almost every day as my lucky watch, and it's only a matter of time before I surrender to another nice example.

I believe that watches like these deserve wrist time - they're not the high-end ultra-valuable Swiss watches whose value merits a locked box and just occasional wear for show... these are solid, properly engineered watches with a timeless style that deserve to be worn, scratched about a bit and live a decent life with their overly enthusiatic (in my case at least) owner.

Why this forum? Well, I'm on others, but the specialist knowledge here is second to none - this is without doubt the right place for model-specific advice and chatter.

Anyway - I look forward to posting and reading in this forum in the future!

January 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome aboard, Mark ! :)

So when do we get to see a photo of the Missus wearing her 7A28 Aliens ? 

January 31, 2014 at 12:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

MarkDubya83
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Oh, better than that - I'm going to write up the recent repair project which used 3D printing to make new pushers. Bear with me though, I need to take photos in daylight so it'll be sometime this weekend...

January 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Pashmolean
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Hi everyone, I've been cruising around the forums for a number of years now, although spent most if my time over at TZ-UK where I'm also known as Pashmolean. My interest started 19 years ago when my parents bought me an Oris Big crown for my 21st. Since that time I've owned so many watches I've lost count. Breitlings used to be a passion but from there went to Rolex's and JLC's. Particular favourites are the explorer and JLC Reverso. My tastes have changed recently and after selling up so to speak, and taking a watch-free break, my interest is growing again. Always been a fan if Seiko's and have owned a few over the years but never a 7a28/38. Always had an eye on these but never got round to getting one, and I still haven't, but I'm on the hunt!! I'm a photographer by trade and have been for 10 years now. I specialise in interior photography, mainly commercial and product. Don't get expecting 100's of photos though, I rarely have time to shoot for myself (and when I do have the time I rarely want to spend it behind a camera). I promise I'll try harder though! Ash
January 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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Gentlemen,  Retired USPS---Collecting since 1988---First love  American Railroad Grade--And selling what I get tired of}--It started in 1988 when my wife inherited her fathers watch bench and all the tools-  we found a couple of American pocket watches, one a Hamilton 992 railroad grade....I was hooked and started collecting pocket watches and repairing some. I became good friends with a local tech school trained watch repairman. And since I worked as a USPS mail processing electronic tech and went to work at 3 PM, I would hang at the watch repair shop before work picking up valuable watch repair info. I have 30 high grade RR watches in my collection---keeping only mint ones THAT kept Railroad Time—a couple of seconds + or – in a week. When Ebay started up I joined in September on 1997. It was only text then ! Some time in the 1990's I started collecting wrist watches----Swiss automatics from all the major makers Omega, Rolex, Longines, Tissot, Glycine, Etc. Etc. ---most gone to Ebay----I am a “catch and release” type collector and 600 or so feedbacks reflect this. My total collection now is only 150 or so now. My first Seiko was a World Time automatic I picked up when I was in the USAF in Thailand in 1970. Started "collecting" Seiko's when I was in a second hand store  and bought a hand wind back in 2007. I moved to high jewel 35, 33 ,26 jewel and Grand Seiko's. From automatic Seiko's I moved to Quartz 3003, 4004. Twin Quartz, Grand Quartz. From analog quartz ,I moved to Seiko LCD's, keeping a couple and moving the rest to Ebay. Then I discovered Seiko 7a series ! I had noticed the them in the past but had not investigated them. I bought my first this last fall ( 2013 ) and now I have 14, 4 of those are now in parts. Looking for more. Don :P

February 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

lactardjosh
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All,

My name is Josh and I was led here by the Worn & Wound article on the 7a28/7a38, as I'm sure many others will be.

I have a modest collection of watches, including a couple Seikos (SARB015 Aplinist and 6139-6002 Pogue), but I am a mechanical watch guy.  So, what brings me here, to the source of a wealth of quartz chronograph information?  As I said above, the recent W&W article turned my head and made me relook at this specific quartz chrono.  Reading the forum, it's easy to get caught up in the fascination with this movement.

The 7a28/7a38 is the pretty much the first quartz movement that I liked the look of, visually.  The technology and history of the movement and watch is also a point of fascination for me.

I've already pestered Paul with PMs asking for advice, which he kindly provided.  As a return favor, I'll try to be a participant here.

Hopefully I'll not have to wait too long to add a 7A28 to my collection of watches.

Thanks all.

Josh

February 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome aboard - officially, Josh. :)

February 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

lactardjosh
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Thanks Paul.  Thanks for your help.

February 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

CalumH
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Hi, I have a 7A28-7020 with a now discoloured or 'patinated' shall we say, dial (see my poor profile photo). A hand-me-down from my dad in the late eighties. My dad is an electronics engineer, which is why he went for this model. He now has one of those Omega's, which has been very unreliable compared to this watch. I was completely ignorant of the fact it was the first quartz chronograph until a couple of years ago, I just love it and love wearing it! I switch between wearing this and a later Seiko from the eighties so it's held up very well, the glass is heavily scratched so I was thinking it's time I look into bringing this back to it's former glory, which is how I came across this forum. It runs perfectly and always has. I've just found out using this forum that it was made in December 1982 with a serial number of 2D0273. I think I've just started a long journey into Seiko geekdom! I live on a Scottish island (in Tobermory), beautiful but a little remote, thanks Calum

February 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome aboard, Calum. Or should I say, welcome to the mainland. :) Nice little introduction too. ;)

February 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

CalumH
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Thanks Paul for the warm welcome, I should possibly add that I'm originally from Essex and I am slowly but surely spreading my dropped consonants across the west coast of Scotland! This site/forum is so extensive, very helpful and fascinating... :)

February 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

frenchy
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Hello to everybody on the forum my name is David and sadly I'm old enough to have bought a 7A28 the day they were launched.

March 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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That makes a few of us 'oldies' then, David. Welcome aboard. 

March 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

frenchy
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Seiko7A38 at March 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

That makes a few of us 'oldies' then, David. Welcome aboard. 

Lost your Pm, but yes it was the one on TZ

March 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

jk13
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Hello everybody, I'm from Italy and I'm a 7A fan (since November when my brother - also a Seiko addict - showed me and explained to me how good and fascinating a 7Axx movement is). The day before I searched in internet some informations and I found a photo of a Geiko gen 1 chrono, so my "Seiko love" really started.  Now I've some of them (7A38-706A and 7A48-7000) and also other Seiko watches (6105-8110) and I still dream about a Gen1. I love to search watches in flea market and litle shops. Weeks ago I decided to be a member of this forum because I read it many times a week, and now I hope I can write and contribute also.


March 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Welcome aboard, Riccardo. :)



PS - I've just finished moving your other two posts (adding them onto the existing 'Non-Seiko 7Axx look-alikes' thread). ;)

March 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Oro
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Hi, I'm Bryan, in the USA.

I've had a 7A28-7079 since new, a Christmas gift from my father in 1984.  He had a 7A28-7069 titanium he had bought new in 1983.

I have that one now; he hadn't worn it in years and let me take it.  I'm looking to tighten that one up (he was much harder on his than I was on mine over the years!), and add a few more variants for occasional wear, learn to work on them, and enjoy them more.  

My maternal grandfather was a Railroad engineer, so I think the sacred nature of a good watch was instilled early. ;)

Bryan.


March 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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