I may have left a few threads on the old Webs hosted forum unfinished, but occasionally the need arises to resurrect them, as in this case. I'd last updated that particular thread in late October 2013, nearly 8 years ago, when I wrote:
I'm almost ashamed to admit, I never did anything more to it. I gave it the nickname 'El Caracortada' (Latin American for 'Scarface') as a nod to the eponymously titled 1983 f-rated movie starring Al Pacino and obviously the scabby scarred dial. It joined the roster of my regular everyday beaters and was particularly comfy to wear, because I'd fitted a spring-loaded clasp extender to the slightly too short bracelet (which really needed one more adjustment link). I've posted a number of unflattering wrist shots of it in the old forum's WRUW thread (and elsewhere) over the years and not cared what people might think, safe in the knowledge that I've a few much better examples of stainless 7A38-7000 SAA007J in my collection, including two in almost mint / NOS condition.
As a quick recap of the opening posts of the old forum thread, I'd originally bought a basket case stainless 7A38-7000 off eBay in the States, back in March 2010 for $42.05, which was subsequently to become the basis for 'El Caracortada'. It was well botched, including a glued-in acrylic crystal. I initially discarded most of it in disgust and subsequently used the 700L dial / movement to construct my first 7A38-7029 based franken in August 2010. See this post. That Franken later evolved for the better, when I fitted it with a Seiko p/n Z1020S bracelet.
Though I was never entirely happy with that particular case / dial combination. I'd been toying with the idea of building another 7A38-702x franken for some time. Last Friday, I built up a new black 709L dial / movement (deliberately using non-standard hands). I could easily have cobbled together a suitably refurbished 7A38-7029 case to fit it into (plus I had a spare NOS Seiko p/n Z1020S bracelet), but instead I decided to fit into to my existing Franken, thereby displacing the 700L dial / movement and resulting in this rather more attractive franken combination, which I was quite pleased with.
Freeing up that 700L dial / movement to use it to improve 'La Caracortada's appearance was the other part of my plan. Indeed, I'd hinted at it a few weeks ago, when I'd tried another franken combination that I wasn't entirely happy with:
Which I deliberately re-quoted in my WRUW post yesterday ....
Seiko7A38 wrote: ↑Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:34 amPerhaps I'm sometimes overly sentimental about certain 'lesser condition' watches in my collection, for all the wrong reasons. Well I've finally decided that it's time for 'El Caracortada' to meet his maker. This is absolutely the last time you will see me wearing what is undoubtedly my worst condition stainless 7A38-7000 SAA007J, in its current guise.