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Following hot on the heels of that previous less than ideal example, this beaten-up 7A38-701A 'Vulcan' Head Only was listed earlier this evening by another UK eBay seller, with a 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of £550. At least he's open about his intentions. :roll:

Hi for sale is an extremely rare Seiko 7A38 Vulcan bomber Pilots watch.

I myself am ex RAF and I was given this by a high ranking officer in Feb 1990.

It keeps good time the little dials work.

The second hand seems to be stuck, this doesn’t seem to effect its time keeping. But I would recommend a service.

The same watch as this sold on Sunday night for well over £600 prompting me to sell mine.

Happy bidding.

April 23, 2018 at 5:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The 'ex-RAF' seller must have been in a hurry to cash in on the current bout of 'yellow dial fever'. :roll: His head only 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' sold rather quicker than I'd anticipated, early this morning, not for the 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of £550 - nor anything like it .....'s Look-up tool reveals he let it go for an offer of only £260 ! :o

As confirmed by the eBay Purchase History:

April 24, 2018 at 1:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' in average worn condition, was listed this morning by an Italian eBay seller, with a Buy-it-Now price of 790 Euros - and currently no option to make an offer.

Couple of points to note: It's fitted with what I would term an incorrect, but similar appearing, replacement bracelet: a Seiko p/n B1424S - as opposed to the correct Seiko p/n Z1118S. Not the first time I've seen this, by any means. Indeed I've read somewhere about Seiko AD's fitting them to 7A38-701X's as service replacements. I'm sure I've previously included a link, but here's where I first encountered the p/n B1424S bracelet used on a 'Vulcan' in a thread on MWR back in July 2009.

As the seller correctly states in his description, the 38xxxx serial number dates its manufacture to August 1983 - the first month of 7A38 production. Not the earliest (lowest) numerically, my own and the nice example recently acquired by Australian collector Tim Johnston both precede it, by a hundred units or so.

Seiko Quartz Chronograph. Rare edition of this watch.
Stunning yellow dial, Running condition. Watch is used with signs of use and wear.
Extremely Rare Seiko 7A38 701B - the mythical & legendary "RAF Vulcan Bomber Crew Military" Men's Chronograph Watch - this model was only made across a time period of a few months in 1983!
It was believed that this model was issued to RAF Vulcan Bomber Crew after a batch supposedly turned up in ex-military supplies. This is now considered to be highly doubtful but the Vulcan name and legend has stuck to this model!
Age. Made in August 1983 (according to the serial number). This watch was only produced for a period of a few months in 1983 and as such is very rare - try finding another for sale!
Sold as is. Private sale. No guarantees. No returns. No warranties.

May 9, 2018 at 12:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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As I expected, regardless of the incorrect bracelet, that 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' sold quicky, in the early hours of this morning - for the 790 Euros Buy-it-Now price.

As confirmed by the eBay Purchase History:

May 10, 2018 at 12:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seems I spoke too soon. :lol: Because it was back on eBay again by mid-morning, re-listed - with one brief addition to the description:

Relisted because of a timewasting "buyer".

But it appears to have sold again, he says wth fingers crossed, this afternoon:

For what it's worth (not a lot, obviously) confirmed by the eBay Purchase History:

May 10, 2018 at 1:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' was listed late yesterday evening, by an Austrian eBay seller, with an over-optimistic Buy-it-Now price of 799 Euros, or the option to make an offer. For reasons best known to himself, the seller has erroniously listed it as 'New with tags' - which it clearly isn't. The black lacquer of the bezel inlay is typically scratched and chipped; the lume of the hour and minute hands looks suspiciously dark - and of course it's fitted with a non-original generic replacement bracelet. That said, I'm sure it will sell - just a matter of how much for.


Legendary Seiko Vulcano Chronograph to sell.

Nearly 35 years old

Production Year : September1983

First Chronograph Quarz-Movement in the World

Serialnumber : 394388

This watch is discontinued and in the meanwhile a must have among the Seiko Lovers.

The watch is used but it works perfect.

This is not the original Wristband

100 Meters Waterresistant

Calibre: 7A38


Verkaufe wunderschöne Vintage Seiko Armbanuhr.

fast 35 Jahre alt

Die Uhr besitzt das erste Chronographen-Quarzwerke der Welt.

Batterie gewechselt und läuft einwandfrei.

Durchmesser: ca 39mm

Band: 20mm

Ein absolutes Muss für Liebhaber.

Baujahr: September 1983

Seriennummer: 394388

KEIN original Armband

July 16, 2018 at 12:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Although I'd added it to my eBay watching page, I probably hadn't been watching the Austrian eBay seller's listing for a 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' as closely as I should. Not being in the best of shape and fitted with a non-original generic bracelet, and stupidly priced @ 799 Euros, I didn't expect it would be going anywhere in a hurry. In fact, the Austrian seller had made almost certain of that, by twice increasing his 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price to 1000 Euros - and I hadn't even noticed !! :lol:

Earlier this evening he ended the listing because of an error - presumably the error was in his pricing strategy ! :roll:

He re-listed it soon afterwards as a 10-day auction with an opening bid price of 600 Euros. Suprisingly it has a bidder already. But hang on a minute; it's a Zero feedback bidder, who has 100% activity with this seller. So presumably a shill. :roll:

July 25, 2018 at 3:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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An interesting (and somewhat amusing) development on that 7A38-701B 'Vulcan'. Yesterday morning, the Zero-feedback (then the only) bidder retracted his bid !! :o

Revealing the would-be Austrian eBay seller's hitherto unseen, even more ludicrous 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of 1500 Euros !!

Checking the bidding history, there appears to have been another bid (for 625 Euros) placed yesterday lunchtime, which was again retracted that evening. :(

This re-listing ends this evening in approximately 6½ hours. Last time I checked it had nearly 50 watchers. I wonder if anybody actually intends to place a bid (and leave it placed). Or are they all just bemused bystanders like myself. 

August 4, 2018 at 6:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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