When a 'Ghost Bezel' just means totally knackered !

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When a 'Ghost Bezel' just means totally knackered !

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This well-worn 7A38-7070 was listed on eBay this morning, by an imaginative UK eBay seller, as a Buy-it-Now for £275.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Sei ... 3388758369

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The seller has tacked 'Collectible Ghost bezel' onto the end of his listing title. :roll: It doesn't need more than a cursory examination of his photos to see that the bezel insert has been virtually obliterated through abuse and carelessness. :( It's absolutely covered in scratches and graunches, but what little trace of the enamel remains is most definitely black.

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His description is good for a chuckle or two. Perhaps 'Corpse bezel' might be closer to the truth than 'Turning Ghost'. :lol:

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Like so many other expressions used by watch enthusiasts, the term 'Ghost bezel' emanates from the Rolex community. Quickly googling it, the first result returned by Bob's Watches Rolex blog provided a definition:

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Indeed, here is the perfect example of a true 'Ghost bezel' on a Seiko 7A38-7070, belonging to Simon 'Sir Alan', who posted it on page 3 of the old forum's Replacement 7A38-7070 bezel replacement ideas thread in December 2013.

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Re: When a 'Ghost Bezel' just means totally knackered !

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I note with amusement that the UK eBay seller has since revised his listing, editing both the title and description:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Sei ... 3388758369

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Message to seller: No Sorry. It's not faded either. But the word you're looking for begins with 'F' and ends with 'd'. :lol:

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Re: The 'Ghost Bezel' 7A38-7070 makes another appearance

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The hapless would-be UK eBay seller of that well-worn 7A38-7070, with a completely knackered bezel insert, eventually ended his listing a week ago, because of an error - presumably in the over-ambitious pricing. :roll:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363388758369

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This morning I received a couple of new search result notifications from TheSaleRoom.com - amongst them was this:

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... 6901800985

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He's given up with eBay and chucked it into a sale at his at his nearest local auction house: Michael J. Bowman (Newton Abbot is just 7½ miles from Torquay). Opening bid is £90, with a rather more conservative auctioneer's estimate of £150 to £200 (subject to an additional 26.94%, including commission and VAT). There's no mention of the allegedly haunted bezel - just that it needs a new battery. Check the wording of his eBay description - evidently he hasn't bothered. :roll:

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Re: When a 'Ghost Bezel' just means totally knackered !

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Remiss of me, I'd overlooked posting the auction result. :oops: Last Saturday, the well-worn 7A38-7070, with a knackered bezel insert (and also in need of a new battery) was bid to a hammer price of £190. Adding buyer's premium and 20% VAT brings the total selling price to £241.20 - so despite being £30-odd quid less than the seller was asking on eBay, certainly no bargain, given the condition.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... 6901800985

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