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Seiko7A38 at March 31, 2019 at 11:08 AM

This 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' in what appears to be decent, lightly worn condition, was listed yesterday evening, by a UK eBay seller as a 10-day auction, with an opening bid price of £150. The seller describes it's condition as 'Excellent' and 'Rarely worn', but has to be said it looks a little grubby in places.

At the risk of almost repeating myself ....

I hadn't bothered updating the thread before, but the day after he'd listed it, the UK eBay seller of the 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' added another photo to his listing:

On 31-Mar-19 at 17:49:39 BST, seller added the following information:

Additional photograph of the face in detail added.

Surprisingly, like the US eBay seller in February (on the previous page), he didn't bother to re-order his photos to make this much better photo the primary image. :/

During the first 3 days of the 10-day auction there appeared to be what can only be construed as some blatant shill bidding going on. Twice it was bid to £700, before a large number of bids were retracted. Nearly all the bidders concerned had either 100% (or close to 100%) activity with the seller. One such possible shill bidder who placed a single bid of £680 on 1st April did not retract their bid, thereby effectively setting the seller's reserve price.

It all became academic when the 10-day auction ended on Tuesday evening, with the 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' selling for a very strong £1019.67 after eventually 13 bids. That's almost Seiko 7A28 RAF Gen. 1 money ! :lol:

April 11, 2019 at 3:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at March 7, 2019 at 12:27 AM

It's back again this morning - re-listed overnight.  

Indeed, the clearly deranged and embittered Australian eBay seller aussiewatches continued his 'hit and run' tactics, re-listing the fraudulent 'Vulcan' a total of four times during the latter part of the week. All of these were supposedly 30-day listings, but typically ended as 'no longer available' after varying intervals.

Re-listed Wednesday 6th March – duration approx. 25¼ hours:

Re-listed Friday 8th March – duration approx. 9¼ hours: 

Re-listed Saturday 9th March – duration approx 4 hours: 

Re-listed Sunday 10th March – duration approx. 37 hours: 

As I've done with all the other 7A38-xxxx model specific topics that I've updated recently, I'm just adding a brief mention in passing. 

Time to draw a belated line under this one. In fact, the line was crossed and drawn 3 weeks ago, when bitter deranged Australian eBay seller aussiewatches, latterly masquerading as seiko7A38 forum, real name Dempsey W***** finally received a long overdue, well deserved ban for his trouble. But before he got banned, he did manage to create two more abusive and fraudulent listings for 7A38 'Vulcans'. 

This one was created on Tuesday 18th June and removed by eBay Trust & Safety on Thurday 20th June afternoon, by which point I'd decided enough was enough. It followed his usual format, with the same ignorant mistake in the title and using the same stolen photo (belonging to Australian collector Tim Johnston) as all those in the above quote. (There were two more besides - on 16th March and 14th April).

Finally in a last gasp stand, he actually managed to 'get it right' - if only by copying the title of this topic verbatim. This bogus listing for a 7A38-701B 'Vulcan' appeared briefly early on the morning of Friday 21st June, before being promptly removed by eBay Trust & Safety, after less than an hour. His eBay account had a restriction placed on it and was subsequently banned on 2nd July. This listing used another different stolen photo, from an eBay listing by UK eBay seller bigmacnofat, dating way back to November 2011, which can be found on the first page of this thread.

July 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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My real reason for updating this thread is that this afternoon, I was idly googling images of 7A38's and stumbled across a couple of interesting Instagram posts. Yeah - I know what I've written about eschewing 'Soshul Meedya', as a general rule, but sometimes you have to make an exception, sit up and take notice ....

I first spotted this image, which if you click on the link actually turns out to be a video, rather than a (wrist shot) photo. It was uploaded 6 days ago on 19th July. Note the errant case-back gasket peeking out @ approx 21 seconds in.

Whereas the poster is to be congratulated at finding 2 almost mint examples, his doing so changes absolutely NOTHING regarding 'all the theories and legends'. :roll:

That post lead me to this one on another Instagram offshoot:

O.K., so I may have wrongly assumed (as have many other collectors), that based on all previous examples seen to date, that this model was only produced between August and December 1983. So one of his was manufactured in February 1985. :/ So what ? :roll:

Here's his Instagram account, with a few more photos of his two 7A38-701B's:

July 25, 2019 at 1:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-701B 'Vulkan', in average worn condition, was listed yesterday evening, by a German eBay seller, as a 7-day auction, with an opening bid price of 1 Euro. It's suffering from a couple of common maladies: some loss of black enamel from around the rim of the Tachymeter bezel insert and a typically stretched original p/n Z1118S bracelet. The seller initially omitted to included the model number in his listing, but added it to the description late last night.

Seiko RAF Vulkan Bomber Chronograph rar Vintage Military.

Zustand: Gebraucht.

Versteigere hier eine sehr seltene Seiko die ich geerbt habe sie wurde getragen und hat auch Gebrauchsspuren auch Kratzer auf dem Glas und Armband.

Bitte bieten sie nur wenn sie mit dem Zustand dieser Uhr einverstanden sind.

Diese Uhr ist sehr selten und auch schon etwas älter aus den 80er Jahren.

Papiere oder Verpackung sind nicht mehr vorhanden.

Dies ist ein privat Verkauf daher keine Garantie oder Rücknahme.


Am 17.08.19 hat der Verkäufer die folgenden Angaben hinzugefügt:

Seiko 7A38-701B

August 17, 2019 at 2:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 7-day German eBay auction for a 7A38-701B 'Vulkan' ended a few moments ago, selling for a respectable 555 Euros after 26 bids. The winning bidder ID v***u (644) is the encryted form of silversurfer365, belonging to erstwhile forum member 'ketap' (Carlo).

August 23, 2019 at 2:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-701B 'Vulcan', with alleged RAF provenance, in well-worn condition and suffering from a non-functional chronograph, was listed late yesterday evening, by a UK eBay seller, as a 3-day auction, with an opening bid price of £350.

Seiko 7A38-701B (A3). Also called as Seiko Vulcan. I purchased this watch from UK seller who told that he worked in RAF for 30 years and this watch was given to him by his senior who flew Vulcan in 1991 at what they called air day post party. But I have no proof of that as that was the message I received from it’s previous owner. :) Watch time is working but I haven’t checked time. But chronograph functions are not working, so definitely it needs a service. Watch is used so you can notice watch glass and bezel insert has scratches. Watch bracelet is original Seiko SQ reference Z1118 for 7A38 watches, but I don’t have any document to verify if it’s belongs to Vulcan or any other 7A38 model. So it’s up to buyer to verify it before buying. I will never accept returns for any reason. So please ensure you got all details and verify it before buying it. Dispatched with Royal Mail 1st Class.

Once again I will never accept returns. So please make sure you checked all you need before you buy. Have a nice day.

Also I will return remaining postage fees if postage charge for your location is less than what you have paid.

October 6, 2019 at 9:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The above 3-day UK eBay auction for a partly functional 7A38-701B 'Vulcan', in well worn cosmetic condition, ended a few moments ago, selling for £435 after 5 bids.

October 8, 2019 at 6:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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