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    Seiko 7A28 Gen 1

    Morning all, quick question for all you Gen 1 owning guys out there. I've been looking at these for a few weeks now, and just can't stop visualising one in the watch box. Really like the simple chrono dial, the brushed case and of course the military credentials make it that much more interesting.

    But, they seem to be about a grand now. I seem to remember when I bought my G10 about 4-5 yrs ago, that these were 3-400 quid.

    So... those of you that have bought one recently(ish) and paid four figures, or close to, do you look at the watch and think you've had VFM? And those that bought a few years back for a few hundred, and really know / appreciate the watch, do you think you'd buy one now for 1000?

    Just interested in your thoughts on this, as I've decided an issued watch will be my next purchase, and its a toss up between one of these or a CWC RN/SBS diver.

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    Master Seiko7A38's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    S.W. England

    In case you hadn't seen this ....

    I don't actually own a 7A28 RAF Gen. 1 ....

    But I have been tracking their prices for nearly 5 years:

    And you're right. I've never understood the attraction myself (nor never will), particularly when you can still buy many of the civilian variants of 7Axx's for a fraction of the price.

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    Thanks for the link, that brings back some memories, should have bought one when I was looking originally 4-5 years ago for 400 odd quid...

    I do actually really like them, that's why I'm finding it hard to ignore what my rational self is telling me! 1000 for a quartz tool watch that was under half the price only 4-5 years ago. But then I've still got pieces that I bought 5+ years ago that have doubled in value, so I suppose its to be expected in this market.

    I've just got to decide whether I like it more or less than the CWC. First world decisions eh?

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    Mar 2018
    West Sussex UK
    I've had 4 over the past 10 yrs I buy them, the price goes up stupidly and then I sell, I like them, but not that much. The first one I bought was 120 Trinity Marine had about 20. IMHO there are much nicer watches for a fraction of this price.
    As the whole reason for the price is supply and demand and not build quality i'd be very careful buying one for this price.
    Last edited by actionvin; 5th June 2018 at 09:05.

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    Grand Master seikopath's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by actionvin View Post
    there are much nicer watches for a fraction of this price.
    Sums it all up
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Brisbane, Australia
    Just a thought, you could get a civvy Seiko Gen 2 or Pulsar Gen 1 if you like the military chrono look as well as a CWC Quartz RN Diver for the money. Best of both worlds?

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    I was lucky to have picked mine up about 20 years ago , when they were sensibly priced.

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    Apr 2007
    North Wales
    Had mine several years and wouldn't be buying at a grand these days. It's rarely worn and I'm no military collector but part of me doesn't want to ever sell.


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    Within the EU and planning to stay.
    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    I was lucky to have picked mine up about 20 years ago , when they were sensibly priced.
    Sold mine when they were sensibly priced.

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