This is by means of a somewhat
Back in October last year, Skip flagged this 7A38-7010 'Franken' in another thread ....
and I replied to it there, but later copied and pasted my reply in post #83 of this thread.
SEIKO7A38Fan, on 06 October 2010 - 01:41 PM, said:
SEIKO7A38Fan, on 03 October 2010 - 06:07 PM, said:
The seller, Mike Mounce also has that 7A38 listed on the Seiko & Citizen Trading Post.
Slightly lower price on there, too.
I already sent him an email about it, yesterday.
Effectively, it's a 7A38-7010
, fitted with an incorrect case-back off a 7A38-7180
Also, although it appears similar, the bracelet isn't the correct one for a 7A38-7010, either.
Noticed the seller has now dropped Buy-it-Now price from $175 to $120, in the hope of tempting a buyer.
He's also added this rider to his listing description:
Interested parties responsibility to ask all questions before bidding.
This just shows you that I'm human, occasionally miss things
and that I'm still learning about more these watches all the time.
The original eBay listing # 320598891817 has long since dropped off 'history'.
The SCWF advert is still there, but the remotely hosted photos have been deleted.
I didn't upload the seller's photos at the time, so here's 3 out of the 5 of them:
Not such a bad looking watch, really - even if it is a 'wrong 'un', especially at the final SCWF asking price of $110.
Now compare it with this - Hung 'Time2Fly' Pham's minty example:
Notice anything ?
How about the colour of the Day / Date windows
I recently checked through the 100+ photos of 7A38-7010's that I had on file.
All the others have Black lettering on White background Day and Date wheels.
Only the aforementioned Franken, with the 7A38-7180 case-back had White lettering on Black.
How come ?
Because not only did this watch have the wrong case-back fitted,
but it now appears (to me
) extremely likely that it had also received a movement swap.
The black chrome coated 7A38-7180 uses White on Black background Day / Date wheels.
Edit: Just noticed that the 7A38-7010 'Franken' also had a mis-matched / mis-placed 30 minute sub-dial hand too.
Edited by SEIKO7A38Fan, 11 May 2011 - 04:24 PM.