A not so 'MINT' example of the 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens

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A not so 'MINT' example of the 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens

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The Giugiaro-designed stainless 7A28-7000 worn by actress Sigourney Weaver, playing 'Lieutenant Ellen Ripley' in the 1986 cult classic sci-fi movie Aliens was a very clever bit of 'product placement' by Seiko's marketing people and certainly helped the watch to achieve 'Grail' status among collectors. There are a number of online blog articles attesting to this, such as: Seiko Giugiaro ‘Aliens Ripley’ .... and Watches On Screen: Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000.

These led to Seiko producing a number of limited edition 'Spirit' 7T12 powered re-issues of both the 'Aliens' and 'Bishop' watches in 2014 / 2015, which I wrote about in detail in this thread on the old forum. The closest resembling Ripley's 7A28-7000 being the SCED035 (as reviewed by W&W). These were hastily snapped up by speculators. But I digress ....

Like the initial 'Ripley' reissues, there were two colour finishes of the original 'Aliens' watch: Silver anodized (with black plastic pusher buttons) and Black chrome plated with yellow plastic pusher buttons. There were also normal export and JDM versions of both variants. The easy way to recognise the latter is by the small block capital CHRONOGRAPH dial script (instead of the usual italic) and their bracelets have SPEEDMASTER logo'd clasps. The black chrome coated variants (also seen stamped as 7A28-7009), which appear to be rather more common, never actually appeared in the movie, but by association (and heresay) also acquired the 'Aliens' moniker.

As I only collect 7A38's (not 7A28's) I have never owned either an original or re-issue of the 'Aliens' or Bishop watches. I've got nothing against 'quirky', but they do nothing for me personally. However, in this thread on the old forum I've commented with bemusement on their pricing a number of times in years gone by. I'm certain that I had also passed comment on a stainless 7A28-7000, listed by a UK eBay seller much more recently. But that must have been in another thread that I've so far been unable to locate. :| One thing's certain - that's when they do occasionally come up for sale, mint examples can command very strong prices indeed. Here's one described a 'very good condition' (rather than 'mint') which sold on an appropriately named website 'Grailium'. Note the generally matte finish of the silver anodized coating.

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Re: A not so 'MINT' example of the 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens

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As I don't collect 7A28's, I rarely bother to search eBay for them - let alone specifically for a 7A28-7000 'Ripley Aliens'. However, because certain eBay sellers regularly use blatant keyword spamming to promote their listings, like this ....

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.... they sometimes come up in my saved favourite search results. As indeed did this 7A28-7000 'Ripley Aliens' listed as 'Mint', in the early hours of this morning, by Italian eBay seller oysterdelarge727 (one of the multiple aliases used by Italian 7Axx collector / dealer, Giuseppe M.), with an absolutely ludicrous Buy-it-Now price of 3500 Euros / £3000 !!! :lol:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mint-Seiko-Q ... 4222534100

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'Grail' it may be to some, but this one is certainly unholy. It's far from 'Mint' and shows more than 'slight traces of wear'.
Seiko7A38 wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:30 amHere's one described a 'very good condition' (rather than 'mint') which sold on an appropriately named website 'Grailium' Note the generally matte finish of the silver anodized coating.
You don't even need to compare it with the photos of that pukka 'very good condition' example to see that the bezel area of the case has been buffed to a highly polished finish (presumably in an effort to remove nicks and scratches). The side-on view, which I've ringed in yellow, shows where the buffing extends over the rim. The bracelet and clasp appear to have been re-brushed, removing most of their original silver anodized coating (apart from the 'indents'). Probably one best avoided at any price. Caveat Emptor. :!:

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Holy Sh!t ! :o Italian eBay seller oysterdelarge727 a.k.a. 'Giuseppe's not so mint 7A28-7000 'Ripley Aliens' appears to have sold a couple of minutes ago, for an undisclosed best offer. They say there's one born every minute. :roll:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384222534100

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Re: A not so 'MINT' example of the 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:36 pmAs I don't collect 7A28's, I rarely bother to search eBay for them - let alone specifically for a 7A28-7000 'Ripley Aliens'. However, because certain eBay sellers regularly use blatant keyword spamming to promote their listings, like this ....

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.... they sometimes come up in my saved favourite search results.
At the risk of repeating myself .... :roll:

As a few readers will probably have already noticed, yesterday afternoon Italian eBay seller oysterdelarge727 (a.k.a. supposed Seiko 7Axx collector Giuseppe) listed another 7A28-7000 'Ripley Aliens' with the same astronomic Buy-it-Now asking price as his previous example in June - 3500 Euros. This listing title also begins with the word 'Mint'. Whereas this example is in better cosmetic condition than his previous polished and re-brushed offering, it's far from being mint and shows evidence of re-brushing on both the watch head and case-back. The pusher extension housing's retaining screws have also been typically botched.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mint-Seiko-Q ... 4402887279

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Italian eBay seller oysterdelarge727 re-listed his less than stellar example of 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens this morning, with the Buy-it-Now price reduced to 'only' 2990 Euros. :roll: I find it quite incredible how he can arbitrarily wipe 500 Euros off his original ludicrous asking price, which only serves to prove my theory - that he pulls the numbers out of a black hole (or some other dark orifice). :lol:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mint-Seiko-Q ... 4423644304

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Edit: Ah I see what happened now. Late last night, some gullible mug punter made Giuseppe a best offer against the original listing, probably under the influence of a glass of vino too many, which no doubt he immediately accepted.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384402887279

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Evidently they must have had second thoughts in the cold light of day. :roll: Incidentally, the revised primary image should be sufficient to serve as a warning beacon to all but the most-short sighted inter-galactic alien life hunting wannabe.

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Checking my eBay watching page, it appears that Giuseppe has managed to find another Aliens-obsessed mug punter. :roll: His less than stellar 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens sold (again) yesterday evening for an undisclosed best offer.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384423644304

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Seiko7A38 wrote: Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:15 amEdit: Ah I see what happened now. Late last night, some gullible mug punter made Giuseppe a best offer against the original listing, probably under the influence of a glass of vino too many, which no doubt he immediately accepted.

Evidently they must have had second thoughts in the cold light of day. :roll: Incidentally, the revised primary image should be sufficient to serve as a warning beacon to all but the most-short sighted inter-galactic alien life hunting wannabe.
Seiko7A38 wrote: Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:09 amChecking my eBay watching page, it appears that Giuseppe has managed to find another Aliens-obsessed mug punter. :roll: His less than stellar 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens sold (again) yesterday evening for an undisclosed best offer.
Evidently another buyer suffered remorse. Giuseppe's less than stellar 7A28-7000 Ripley Aliens is back on eBay again. :lol:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Holy-Grail-S ... 4456159558

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Note the title of this latest re-listing no longer begins with the word 'Mint' (which this example clearly wasn't). :roll:
The description now reads:

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He's also added this to the Item Specifics:
Used object with scratches, as shown in the photos, carefully study the photos before buying, look at them from a computer screen with zoom to see all the details in the best possible way.”
He omitted to add: Make sure you are wearing your glasses; are of sound mind and stone-cold sober. :lol:

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