Seiko 7A38 - by the numbers



Post Reply
Forum Home > 7Axx General Discussion Area > Use of after-market reproduction parts on 7A28's

Site Owner
Posts: 12380

I'm pretty sure I'd mentioned this in passing, on a couple of previous occasions in other threads. While certainly nothing like the problem that exists with other more popular collectable Seiko calibers, such as the 6309 divers and 6139 chrono's, it does happen occasionally. Thankfully it's usually restricted to the fitment of replacement bracelets and bezel inserts to certain 7Axx 'diver' models. Another fairly common 'mod' is the use of after-market repro' 6139-6002 'Pepsi' Tachymeter bezel inserts on certain 7A28-703x and -710x variants. I'd been looking for an example to cite, and thanks to the honesty of Filipino eBay seller 'mixedtitles', we now have one:

SEIKO CHRONOGRAPH MENS WATCH 7A28-703A aftermarket bezel

(Incidentally, the watch is also fitted with a not unattractive aftermarket bracelet, which he has mistakenly described as a 'NATO'.)

Here's another 7A28-703A still fitted with its original well-wabi'd bezel insert, which recently went unsold:



Whereas these kind of mods (whether properly disclosed or not) should neither be encouraged, nor condoned, it begs the question -

if it makes the watch more appealing / saleable and ultimately wearable, faced with the dilemma, what would you do ?

April 17, 2012 at 3:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Posts: 41

What would I do? Hehe, that was me bidding first, though someone over bidded me already. By the way, maybe worth noticing, I bought a couple of replacement bezels for a 703B. Fact is that my first attempt to use one of them didn't fit mine. I have not yet tried with the other one I keep. Cheers, Paul!

April 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Posts: 32

I don't see a problem with using aftermarket reproduction parts in general.  After all, watchmakers have always made parts that were unobtainable.  But I don't like aftermarket parts made for one model being put on a different one.

April 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

You must login to post.