The eternal struggle of the cash strapped WIS 

A third world problem I know, but I recently found myself in the situation where although I’m fortunate enough to have, in my opinion, a nice collection of timepieces, it wasn’t enough, I want more, I WANT ALL THE WATCHES!! Seriously though, I was at the stage where I hadn’t had a new arrival for some time, and didn’t have any disposable to drop onto a new watch purchase. I was craving that excited wait for the postman to arrive with my new toy, like a 5 year old waiting for Santa to come on Christmas Eve. That anxious opening of the parcel that’s just arrived, hoping that the watch has made it unscathed through the postal system, and then lives up to your expectations. But all those emotions would have to wait until I had some dollar to spend, or, god forbid, I did some watch trading rather than straight purchasing. Now I say it like this because I’m a bit of a hoarder. Once I’ve got something, I find it difficult to let it go again. Don’t ask me why, because I’m not entirely sure. I’ve got watches in the box that don’t get much wrist time at all, there’s even one that I replaced the battery in, put it back in the box, and it stayed in exactly the same place until the battery died again. But at this moment in time, my yearning for a new watch outweighed my unexplained desire not to let go of any of my ‘precious’!

Looking through my collection and trying to decide what was going to be moved on took a bit of time, all of these watches are in my possession either because I liked them, which is obviously why I bought them, or a few of them were gifted to me, so there’s an emotional attachment to them. In the end I decided that one of the two Seiko 7548s I had would soon be finding a new home. The 7548-7000, a JDM model with Kanji date wheel, is a bit rarer than the 7548-700B that was staying, but the keeper is more original (the departing watch had a double domed, AR coated crystal), and happens to be a birth year watch for me. 

The departing Seiko 7548-7000

With the outgoing watch decided, I posted it up in the sales/trades section of my watch forum of choice and sat back waiting for some offers to roll in. I could have just sold the watch for cold hard cash, but I ran the risk of spending this cash on something more sensible, like feeding and clothing the children, if I did this. Also, the watch came from this particular forum, so it’s nice for another member of this watch community to enjoy it, it’s also quite likely that by trading watches within this community, the time pieces involved are going to be good, honest and well looked after examples. 

After a few days I ended up up in a bit of a horological three way (snigger), I had a part trade, part cash offer for my outbound Seiko diver, and also, the opportunity presented itself to purchase a lovely little piece of Seiko quartz history, which happened to be as near as damn it the same price as the cash sum I was about to receive. I was glad that these two events happened at the same time, as it meant the cash was winging its way to pay for my interesting quartz purchase before it lined further the coffers of that guy George at Asda in exchange for Paw Patrol or Peppa Pig pyjamas. 

So without further ado, let’s get to the watches. Now, I like quartz, I like Seiko and I like dive watches, so receiving the following watches from the postman this week filled me with that new watch ‘buzz’ that I had been craving. 

Seiko 7A38-7190

In 1983, Seiko unveiled to the world the first ever quartz, analogue chronograph in the shape of the 7A28. This is a 15 jewel, fully adjustable quartz movement with no plastic parts to be found anywhere in the gear train. The movement can also be serviced and adjusted pretty much as you would with a mechanical watch, owing to its construction. The 7A38 that I’ve acquired here is different only to the 7A28 due to the addition of the day/date functions. This a small watch by my standards, about 36mm in diameter, but never has the phrase “great things come in small packages” been so apt as to describe this quartz beauty. The dial really is stunning and superbly detailed, depending on how you catch the light it turns from white, to silver and back again which is a delight to look at. The bracelet is also superb, nice flat mate finished bars that taper down to the simple, but solid and functional clasp with the ‘SQ’ (Seiko Quartz) emblem stamped onto it help to make this watch extremely comfortable (bordering on unnoticeable) to wear. 

Love this bracelet

For a 30 year old watch this piece really is in super condition and will certainly be getting plenty of wrist time. 

The next package that I tore into like my previously mentioned, inner child at Christmas contained this:

Seiko SKXA35

The Seiko SKXA35 is exactly what you would expect from a Seiko diver, really well built, nice wrist presence at around 43mm, great lume and legible dial. The fact that it’s bright yellow is a bonus! I’ve got an Orange monster and an Orange bullet in the collection so it’s nice to have something different. The yellow is very, well, yellow, but on the wrist it doesn’t seem to be to garish at all. Powered by the reliable and billet proof 7S26 movement this watch is currently keeping time to around 2spd which I’m very pleased with. 

On the wrist

The Oyster bracelet that it came on isn’t original Seiko but is very good quality, the nice surprise here was the ratcheting clasp that I imagine probably came from a MM300. I’ve not encountered one of these before and it’s nice to be able to adjust the bracelet quickly by a few mm when required. 

Seiko ratcheting clasp

Some people call this watch Bumble Bee, I think it looks more like a Minion!

So there we go, I conquered my hoarder tendencies and have got 2 great watches to show for it. The problem I have now though is I had forgotten how much I enjoy the new watch arrival process and am currently deciding if I can cope with letting another one go, watch this space (pun intended)!

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