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Seiko7A38 at September 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM

This well worn 7A38-6000 was listed this morning by a Swiss eBay seller, as a 10-day auction, with a highly optimistic opening bid price of 550 Swiss Francs or the unlikely option to Buy-it-Now for a borderline ridiculous 950 Swiss Francs. At today's exchange rate, the Swiss Franc is pretty much on par with the US Dollar (0.9922).


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153658955976


The above ridiculously over-priced well-worn 7A38-6000 (carried forward from the bottom of the previous page) remains unsold. The Swiss eBay seller had re-listed it twice more as 10-day auctions, latterly reducing the opening bid price to 'only' 520 Swiss Francs. His latest wishful re-listing is a Buy-it-Now for 690 Swiss Francs, with the option to make a much lower more sensible offer.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153694184300


October 31, 2019 at 5:29 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Meanwhile, late yesterday evening, an Italian eBay seller listed this non-running well-worn example, for 'parts or repairs', as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of 1 Euro. The seller's description appears to be refreshingly honest.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293304730200


Rare Seiko 7A38-6000 Panda 7A Chronograph [Defect]. Not working / untested. Noticeable signs of usage (body, glass, bracelet). Some rusting on the movement. Crown stays on position 1. Pushers stuck. Bezel stuck. FOR PARTS OR REPAIR / NOT WORKING.


October 31, 2019 at 5:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 7-day Italian eBay auction for a non-working well-worn 7A38-6000 ended late yesterday evening, selling for a strong 238 Euros after 32 bids.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293304730200


November 7, 2019 at 4:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Going through my eBay watching page, I just noticed that the well worn 7A38-6000 listed by the Swiss eBay seller in the last week of September (see top of this page) had sold yesterday afternoon.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153694184300

Not as eBay would have you believe, for the 'reduced' Buy-it-Now price of 590 Swiss Francs, but as revealed by the alternative 'true selling price' link, for an offer of 530 Swiss Francs. Still a hefty price to pay for an example in this condition.


https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemVersion&item=153694184300


November 17, 2019 at 5:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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There's a common saying: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;)

It's actually a partial quote from Oscar Wilde, which in full, reads as follows:

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”


9 years ago, for lack of the correct original Seiko p/n G1157S bracelet, I fitted a vintage Seiko Beads of Rice bracelet to my first 7A38-6000 'Dinky Diver'. The full story of how I arrived at this solution is documented on the first page of this thread.




I was really pleased with the way it turned out and would never consider changing it. (Besides, I have another almost mint 7A38-6000 on the correct original bracelet). :)


Yesterday, I had a quick browse on UhrForum.de and found this post in their 'Seiko Quartz Self Help Group' thread, dating from 12th October, made by erstwhile forum member ketap (a.k.a. 'Carlo', Carsten, whatever).




Seems he's decided to copy my idea. You can translate the German yourself, using Google translator. In his typical snide manner, he sarcastically remarks about my having bought a 19mm bracelet (which incidentally came cheaply - $45, including a Seiko Sportsman watch head which I subsequently sold for £15) and dremelling it down to fit the watch's 18mm lug width. At least my end pieces fit properly and the bracelet has a matt brushed finish (with polished centre links), to match the watch case. Once again, a mediocre attempt at plagiarism: 5/10 for effort, D- for originality.


Ketap's poor German doesn't translate to English particularly well, but he ends the second part of his post with:

If you look watches and single bands but still far below the fantasy prices.


Indeed, he's not wrong about 'the fantasy prices' asked for Beads of Rice bracelets. I remember well, looking in sheer disbelief, back in the day (before I found my much cheaper source), when some sellers were asking as much $199. Times have moved on - along with the extortionate prices. This US eBay seller is currently listing a few Seiko Beads of Rice bracelets, including an 18mm NOS - for $375 !!


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133243167568

.... and another for $475 !! :o


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132736461184

December 4, 2019 at 5:29 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I don't think - indeed I'm pretty certain, that I've never seen a NOS 600L 'Panda' dial for a 7A38-6000 offered for sale, anywhere. Yesterday evening, a Peruvian eBay seller listed one, with a borderline extortionate 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of 154.13 Euros, without the option to make an offer. It looks like the 'real deal', but that's about 5x the price you'd pay for a NOS 7A38 dial from a Seiko distributor, if they were still available. Thankfully, I don't need one. :/


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153788635946


DIAL SEIKO 7A38 600L Quartz Chronograph SEIKO 7A38 6000 Dial New Old Stock


January 8, 2020 at 3:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Well that didn't last long - less than 24 hours. :roll: The Peruvian eBay seller ended their listing for a NOS 600L dial yesterday evening - allegedly because of an error in the listing. Presumably 'the error' was in the pricing and it was sold off eBay, via the 'back door' for a more realistic figure. :/


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153788635946 



January 9, 2020 at 5:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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