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Another classic cock-up by UK eBay seller Schillach61, purveyor of over-priced Seiko spare parts to the gullible, in his pathetic efforts to keyword spam his way to a maximum target audience and profitability - in the form of yet more mis-information:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400788521281


Yes, the silvery-white sub-dial hand, Seiko p/n 04E14ES may be used in sets of three on the 7A28-7080, 7A38-7070 and 7A38-7080.

But not on the 7A38-6020 (which just uses p/n 04E14ES as a constant seconds hand). Somehow it wouldn't look right with 3 of these.




What you actually need for 'a set' of sub-dial hands for a stainless 7A38-6020 is ONE p/n 04E14ES and two of these p/n 04E24AA.


October 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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More MIS-information from eBay rip-off merchant seller Schillachi61 - yet another incorrectly identified 7Axx part. :roll:

Actually, I didn't spot this myself. It was bought to my attention by a forum member who sent me a PM, querying it. ;)


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400788531823


Both the two-tone and gold-tone 7A28-7020 (SPR007J and SPR010J) and gold-tone 7A28-7029 (SPR014J) use a gold plated bezel, Seiko p/n 82332581. This bezel p/n 82332589 is only used on the all-stainless 7A28-702A (SPR009J).


October 15, 2014 at 7:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I'd already commented on Indonesian eBay seller fhipe's ridiculous $545 asking price for a NOS 7A38-6000 'Bishop' bracelet in the 'Craziest Prices' thread, earlier today. I just noticed he's got this pair of NOS yellow plastic pushers for a 7A28-7009 Aliens listed too.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221586273872


That's not a 'Buy-it-Now for $94.50 - that's his opening bid price ! :o


October 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I briefly debated whether to start a new topic for this post, but by dint of being over-priced and incorrectly identified, it fits pretty well under the umbrella of this thread. Recently I've noticed an increasing number of eBay sellers offering supposedly substitute crystals for 7Axx's. Some are better than others, but most of what they're offering are obviously just cheap mineral glass crystals which you could have bought yourself from Cousins UK, for a fraction of their asking price. This one which came up in one of my eBay saved favourite searches earlier in the week, offered by a Dutch seller is a classic.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112016258462


Sternkreuz 325 2mm mineral, 

Replaces Seiko's 325W20GN00 7A28 crystal but is a little thicker as the original 

Sold as is, no returns.


Now I don't do 7A28's, but I do know that Seiko p/n 325W20GN00 is the crystal used in both the stainless and gold-tone 7A38-7000.

It's 32.5mm diameter by approx 1.5mm thick, with a small polished bevel edge. The genuine Seiko crystal is still available from Filipino seller Tony Plaza (using his seikoparts14 eBay ID), though it has to be said, his asking prices are gradually creeping up.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291683932505


Myself, I've used to good effect (and would personally recommend as subsitutes) both Sternkreuz p/n MSM325 and their own brand 'cheapie' p/n F150CMH325, which cost £1.50 and £0.70 + VAT respectively, from Cousins UK. I prefer Sternkreuz MSM for their hardness (they can take a lot of 'welly' when pressing home), but the cheaper Cousins crystals have a small polished bevel edge, which, in this instance, makes them almost indistinguishable from the original Seiko crystal. So why would anybody in their right mind want to pay this Dutch seller $20 (+$12 postage) for the wrong crystal ? Which incidentally costs £1.60 + VAT from Cousins UK. ;)


June 5, 2016 at 5:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I'm sometimes appalled at the sheer unashamed greed of certain eBay sellers, particularly those dealing in spare parts. Yesterday, German / Italian based eBay seller contintasca (forum member 'Christian') listed these 6 secondhand bracelet adjustment links @ 15 Euros EACH :o - claiming that they were for a 7A38-7010 / -701A or -701B. They may possibly fit, but they're definitely not the correct links.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232831220868


Pre-owned bracelet link for Seiko 7A38-701A, 7A38-701B, 7A38-7010 bracelets.

Unique opportunity to extend a short bracelet.

Price is for 1 link and 1 crosspiece!

If you buy more than one link and shipping fees are not automatically combined by Ebay I will issue a refund.


I dug out 6 of my 7A38-7010's / -701A and 701B's - all of which are fitted with the correct original Seiko p/n Z1118S bracelet. Christian's links may look similar from the topside (if a little narrower), but they're different underneath to the genuine article, which have the arrows stamped on the small interconnecting links and straight push-out sections. All mine look like this:


July 3, 2018 at 6:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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