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Seiko7A38 at August 13, 2018 at 3:31 AM

Seiko7A38 at July 14, 2018 at 3:55 AM

Checking my eBay watching page, I noticed that suspect resprayed 7A38-7140, listed by greedy profiteering UK eBay re-seller ancutza_seven2009 had been ended yesterday evening – as item no longer available. Presumably sold off eBay for a considerably lower figure. Friday 13th – unlucky for someone perhaps ? :/ I only hope they bought it with their eyes open, or had read this thread beforehand. Otherwise it’s probably not the last we’ve seen of it. :roll:

At the risk of repeating myself ....

One can only assume that the 13th holds some special significance for devious would-be profiteering UK eBay seller ancutza_seven2009. Two hours earlier this morning, he once again ended the re-listing for the suspect re-sprayed 7A38-7140 as allegedly 'item no longer available'. :roll: Rest assured - it will return. ;)

Edit: As predicted, back on eBay again a few hours later, re-listed once again. :roll:

And so it goes on .... and on .... and on .... and on - seemingly Ad Nauseam. (ended early as 'NLA' on 27th August) (ended early as 'NLA' 2nd September) (ended early as 'NLA' 16th September)

Here's the latest current re-listing from this weekend (while it lasts, that is). :roll:

I'm still not exactly sure what this greedy would-be profiteering UK eBay re-seller ancutza_seven2009 hopes to achieve by employing these juvenile 'now you see it, now you don't' re-listing tactics. He's certainly not fooling me. :P Perhaps it's avoidance of eBay listing fees. :/ Anyway, for anyone who may have been lulled into believing this is a 'new' eBay listing - it clearly ain't.  The full saga of this grossly over-priced re-sprayed 7A38-7140 is documented on the previous pages.

Incidentally, the current greedy would-be re-seller ancutza_seven2009 was stupid enough to pay 385 Euros for it - rather less than his £850 asking price.

September 18, 2018 at 7:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Here's another distinctly dodgy (and grossly over-priced) 7A38-7140 that's also probably best avoided. This afternoon, I took a walk on the wild side - on the Italian free classifieds site, where it pays to tread carefully at the best of times. I was searching for Orient J39's; found a couple but nothing worth the effort / money or of mention. Thought I'd run a quick search on 'Seiko 7A38', to see if there was anything interesting. Scrolling down the results, my eyes were immediately drawn to this 7A38-7140, listed 4 days ago, with an asking price of 800 Euros:

Translating his description, the Italian seller 'Lorenzo' claims ....

I give spectacular and original SEIKO CHRONOGRAPH SPORTS 100 black with yellow dial .. clock from 1984-85 so now an absolute rarity and in conditions of nos .. it was 35 years in the jeweler's safe ... new battery and reverified all the circuit for a perfect functioning in all its functions .. unfortunately without a lost box from the former dealer ... I can consider exchanges, even higher prices, but only with sub watches, Seiko or anyway watches to my liking, but NO ABSOLUTELY to vintage . For exchanges only with delivery by hand. The price is not very negotiable and I do not consider offers too low or ridiculous ....

Given the recent hike in prices perhaps I should consider keeping mine in a safe.

His primary image is of my 7A38-7140 - stolen from page 1 of this thread !! 

The original photo even includes the word 'Mine' in the image filename !!  

October 14, 2018 at 2:27 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-7140, in what appears to be decent used condition, was listed in the early hours of this morning by a US eBay seller, with a Buy-it-Now price of $550 or the option to make an offer. It's being offered through eBay's GSP programme, which potentially adds another $180 to the already high asking price. :(

Superb condition in top working condition. Everything functions as it should. A few missing links from bracelet but fits my 7 3/4 inch wrist. If you have come this far you know it’s rare. Any questions just ask. All offers considered.

The case-back serial number 580448 doesn't immediately ring any bells with me, but there's a fairly strong likelihood that the watch has featured earlier in this thread. When I get more time, later this evening, I'll have a trawl through the previous 5 pages, to see if I can find a match. ;)

October 23, 2018 at 7:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Sure enough, this same 7A38-7140, case-back s/n 580448 has previously featured in this thread - fairly recently too (it's detailed on the previous page). I may not have remembered the serial number, but had I been able to see it, I would certainly have recognised that deep scratch on the case-back, which was plainly visible in the previous Italian eBay seller's photo. It's conveniently hidden by a bright reflection in the current US seller's photo.

To save you turning back the page, it sold in February this year for 230 Euros.

October 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seiko7A38 at February 13, 2018 at 6:15 AM

The above Italian eBay listing for a 7A38-7140 in decent used condition ended yesterday afternoon, selling quickly as I'd expected - but not for the full 300 Euros Buy-it-Now price.

As revealed by's Look-up tool, it sold for a best offer of 230 Euros:

As confirmed by the eBay Offer / Purchase History:

So by now asking $550 for it, the would-be profiteering US eBay re-seller is effectively looking to double his money in just 9 months of ownership. 

October 23, 2018 at 3:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Possibly in response to my comment about the scratch on the case-back, the US eBay seller subsequently revised his listing, dropping the Buy-it-Now price by $50 and adding the sentence:

Please excuse the photos in the brighteness but there is a scratch on the back side of case.

This morning, he ended the listing, because the item was no longer available.

So presumably it sold off eBay, via the 'back door' for an undisclosed offer. :/

October 26, 2018 at 9:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This 7A38-7140, in worn condition, showing some loss of black chrome plating, was listed this morning by an Italian eBay seller, with a typically over-optimistic 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of 380 Euros - and currently no 'Make Offer' option. However, contrary to eBay rules, the seller has included his email address in the description, thereby surreptitiously soliciting offers. So I wouldn't be unduly surprised to see this listing ended as 'No Longer Available'.

Seiko 7A38-7140

Usato, orologio vissuto con segni da comune uso. Segni anche sul vetro, non visibili in foto.

L'orologio monta uno sei movimenti al quarzo migliori di sempre.

Perfettamente funzionante

Con box Seiko visibile in foto.

Per qualsiasi cosa non esitate a contattarmi:

November 16, 2018 at 12:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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After a flurry of eBay activity over the last 12 hours, once again, I find myself now posting in retrospective catch-up mode. :/ Then again, I can't stay up 24 hours a day, watching and reporting on this stuff. A man's gotta sleep (and deserves an occasional late lie-in sometimes). :P

Another 7A38-7140, in decent used condition was listed overnight by a US eBay seller, with a Buy-it-Now price of $425, or the option to make an offer. Going by his description, presumably the seller wished to sell it quickly, to make way for / fund an incoming grail. By the time I saw the listing this morning, it had already ended.

Excellent condition everything functions as it should bracelet probably missing a link or so but easily fits my 7 3/4 in wrist. Make an offer make an offer incoming grail.

A worldwide eBay search on ended listings shows it sold for a Best Offer.

Goodbid's Look-up tool reveals it sold for a comparatively low-ish offer of $350.

Note the listing was only live for just over an hour and received a mere 20 views.

The eBay Purchase History shows in fact that was the only offer tendered:

Had I seen it at the time the listing was live, this would have been another case of Déjà Vu. ;) This, is of course, the same 7A38-7140, case-back serial # 580448, listed by US eBay seller sagechick last month, which was withdrawn as allegedly being no longer available.

Note this seller rodeorider772011 is also conveniently located in Saint Louis, Missouri - so is very likely another alias used by sagechick.

November 23, 2018 at 7:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Meanwhile, early this morning, there was something a bit strange going on, with the other 7A38-7140 listed by the Italian eBay seller a few days ago. While his previous listing (with the Buy-it-Now price of 380 Euros) was still live, he listed it a second time - as a job lot with 5 other unrelated watches (some were NOS, but all in dubious taste), for a Buy-it-Now price of 520 Euros. There were only two photos of the 7A38-7140; slightly different from those he'd used in the previous listing, but clearly the same average fairly worn example, case-back serial # 660087.

Mini lotto composto da 6 orologi:

Seiko 7A38, orologio abbastanza vissuto con segni da comune uso su cassa, bracciale e vetro. Perfettamente funzionante, con scatola Seiko visibile in foto.

Seiko V657 Usato con segni da comune uso, cinturino in gomma generico visibile in foto.Perfettamente funzionante . No b&p .

Orient w.r.100 metri.

Condizioni :NOS, mai indossato Perfettamente funzionante.No b&p.

3 PryngepsReggae.

Condizioni:NOS, mai indossati e perfettamente funzionanti. No b&p.

Per qualsiasi cosa non esitate a contattarmi :

That job lot re-listing ended a couple of hours later - sold as a Buy-it-Now.

As confirmed by the eBay Purchase History:

Half an hour later, the Italian seller belatedly ended his original Buy-it-Now listing as No Longer Available.

So I was right about what I wrote earlier - if for the wrong reasons. :P

I wouldn't be unduly surprised to see this listing ended as 'No Longer Available'.

November 23, 2018 at 8:01 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Do you ever get fed up of seeing the same old watches turning up on eBay time and time again ?  I know I do. Especially when a watch that's already made a few appearances in this thread recently, rocks up in the hands of yet another would-be profiteering re-seller.  This admittedly nicely photographed, decent looking used example of a 7A38-7140 was listed late yesterday evening, by US eBay seller triadvintagecompany, with a 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of $649, or the option to make a more realistic lower offer.

Case: Black PVD & steel, 40x40mm

Crystal: Light scratches

Dial: Original, excellent condition, great layout/colors

Movement: Seiko 7A38

The watch is currently working and keeping good time, chronograph function and quickset date functions work as they should. The watch comes on the original Seiko SQ bracelet that will fit up to a 7 1/2" inch wrist.

Please ask any questions.

North Carolina residents must pay 6.75% sales tax.

This is of course, our 'old friend' case-back s/n 580448 - with that deep tool inflicted scratch I mentioned previously, clearly visible in this seller's photos.

So just to briefly recap. This watch first appeared on eBay in February this year, listed by Italian eBay seller peppeniello00 who sold it for 230 Euros. Presumably purchased by sagechick (using another eBay ID), who first tried, unsuccessfully, to sell it in October for $550. Subsequently sold by another St. Louis Mo. based eBayer rodeorider772011 (presumably another alias) in November for $350. Now listed by another would-be profiteering re-seller / dealer triadvintagecompany, admittedly with much better quality photos than the previous US eBay seller(s). According to them, it's now worth $649.  Erm, I don't think so.

December 6, 2018 at 5:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Back in the deep dark mists of time, I seem to recall writing somewhere on this forum (it might even have been on the first page of this thread), that it looked like 2012 was going to be the year of the crazy prices. Nearly seven years on, at the beginning of January 2019, here we are once again, with another ludicrous speculatively spectacularly over-priced 7A38-7140.

This NOS example was listed late last night by a Spanish eBay seller, with a 'Premium' Buy-it-Now price of  £2,500 !!

GENUINE NEW 1985 Seiko Watch 7A38-7140 Sport 100 Giugiaro Design


Never wear, New, just found in my father drawer.

I have not changed the battery to do not sign the back of the watch and to keep its integrity.


For the reason I am not sure about the price this it start as Premium Price, offer welcome.

Document with year and store details. See picture.

Free fast and tracked shipping to EUROPE Country and UK.

I will answer to any question.



January 2, 2019 at 6:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Earlier this afternoon, I received this missive, via the website contact form, from 'Gabriele', the would-be Spanish eBay seller of the above NOS 7A38-7140.

Here's my reply:

1) Your photos are in the public domain - on eBay. They are not watermarked by eBay, nor by yourself as copyright © images. Therefore, they are not copyright.

2). I think however you will find that the registered trademark 'Giugiaro Design' is copyright. This watch is not a Giugiaro design. I suggest you remove it from your title and description, without delay, before I report your listing for infringement. 

3) In my opinion, particularly in view of the ludicrous 'Premium' price you are trying to ask for this watch, your photos are quite frankly rubbish and rather amateurish. May I suggest you try looking at some of the other better quality photos in this thread. It might give you some ideas.

In case your poor command of English doesn't quite grasp my meaning. No.

January 3, 2019 at 11:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Another 7A38-7140, used but evidently in lightly worn well-cared for condition was listed by an Italian eBay seller earlier this evening, with a typically over-optimistic Buy-it-Now price of 810 Euros, or the option to make an offer.

Seiko Watch 7A38-7140 Sports 100 Chronograph Vintage

buone condizioni come da foto

batteria pila nuova.

January 11, 2019 at 6:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Meanwhile, the deluded would-be Spanish eBay seller drudticstudio had made a number of revisions to his listing for his ludicrously over-priced 7A38-7140.

These included eventually removing the erroneous 'Giugiaro Design' from his title and description, as I'd suggested, adding the word 'Chronograph' and replacing his original set of 6 unwatermarked lacklustre photos with 9 which frankly weren't much better - but this time had prominent copyright © markings. In deference to his request, I have refrained from uploading them - for the time being.

What I completely fail to understand though, is why when he was fielding counter-offers of £1450 - more than a THOUSAND POUNDS LESS than than his ludicrous Buy-it-Now price, why he didn't also revise his price. The mind truly boggles.

Anyway, he didn't and to no great surprise, it ended unsold late last night. :roll:

January 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The deluded Spanish eBay seller re-listed his 7A38-7140 this afternoon, with the ludicrous £2500 Buy-it-Now asking price reduced to a marginally less risible £1850.

January 12, 2019 at 5:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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In the immortal words of Python Graham Chapman, this is getting very silly ....

Earlier this evening, another Italian eBay seller listed yet another NOS 7A38-7140, with a 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price of 1100 Euros, or the option to make a lower more realistic offer.

Seiko chronograph Sports 100

NOS condition, perfect working, no signs of use, with box and instruction.

January 12, 2019 at 5:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The deluded 'Spanish' eBay seller (or whatever nationality he is - I really don't care), re-listed his ludicrously over-priced NOS 7A38-7140 again, earlier today. This time, he's reduced his 'pie-in-the-sky' Buy-it-Now price from the previous £1850 down to 'only' £1249. That's now about DOUBLE the price any rational potential buyer might realistically consider paying for such an example. That is, if it were actually running, rather than having been sat with a run-down battery inside it for the last 30 years !!

January 27, 2019 at 5:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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