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  1. Is this Tool Talk? Nice dividers, I'm waiting...

    Is this Tool Talk?

    Nice dividers, I'm waiting for the



    If no-one else posts after this I guess it's me.
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    As a strap addict may I just say that this thread...

    As a strap addict may I just say that this thread needs pics?

    Thanks!
  3. Fair enough. I honestly don't know why Rolex get...

    Fair enough. I honestly don't know why Rolex get under my skin so much. Part of it the way they try and steal Everest from my beloved Smiths but really it's become pathological with me. I need to...
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    Good question. My understanding is that the...

    Good question. My understanding is that the watchmaking side was directly subsidised; the rest of the company had various government contracts so were indirectly supported that way.

    I shall try...
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    A better use of your wrist than wearing that...

    A better use of your wrist than wearing that thing.
  6. Damn that's a handsome watch. I used to like...

    Damn that's a handsome watch.

    I used to like Rolex. Owned a few in my time. But gone right off them.

    Fun to watch how the fanboys resolve their the cognitive dissonance again. Some form of...
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    38 less if it's 19% commission on 200.

    But even so :-(
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    "The Explorer is most famous for its inclusion on...

    "The Explorer is most famous for its inclusion on the first summiting of Mount Everest in 1953."

    Oh ffs.

    There was no watch called the Explorer in May 1953.

    And there was no Rolex on the...
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    Found it! A brilliant article on Robert Lenoir:...

    Found it! A brilliant article on Robert Lenoir: Smiths, JLC and two world wars.

    "An Englishman, a Frenchman and a watchman: the cross-border life of Robert Lenoir (1898–1979)"
    by James Nye...
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    That made me laugh. Thanks!

    That made me laugh. Thanks!
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    Oh good call! Thanks. There's another article...

    Oh good call! Thanks.

    There's another article that I can't recall the title of at the moment, plus the Smiths forum here:

    https://www.mwrforum.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?29-Vintage-Smiths
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    Thanks for all the kind words. It was all done a...

    Thanks for all the kind words. It was all done a bit last minute, without notes or proper preparation so apologies for the slightly chaotic romp through Smiths' history.

    I stuck to the military...
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    Yes, good point. We know it was a wristwatch...

    Yes, good point. We know it was a wristwatch (and while he was there they serviced his pocket watch). As the only wristwatches Smiths were making at that point was the 13''' Mk X there's no other...
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    I think a caseback "ball" would do it? Would...

    I think a caseback "ball" would do it? Would need a decent o-ring gasket, too, I think for WR.
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    Thanks everyone. I did at short notice,...

    Thanks everyone.

    I did at short notice, unscripted and without notes so it's a bit sketchy but makes the main points.

    One interesting thing is that the Cheltenham site was a "shadow factory",...
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    I think I might patent that idea. The more I...

    I think I might patent that idea. The more I think about it the more I like it.
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    History Of Smiths Watches

    Hi All

    I did this video a few months back and thought some of you might like it

    https://vimeo.com/480902336
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    Yes, General Service (although actually only...

    Yes, General Service (although actually only issued to the RAF, RAAF and DOS iirc)

    It's the watch on the left, black dial and canvas strap.

    My little history of Smiths is here:
    ...
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    They are pretty awesome; rare, too, with only...

    They are pretty awesome; rare, too, with only about 50 known examples.

    Objectively the movement (and subjectively the design / aesthetic) of the W10 is better but the Dennison cases on these are a...
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    That makes a lot of sense. Assuming the sales...

    That makes a lot of sense. Assuming the sales software can be tweaked. Might also make the handling and shipping easier as it would only mean dealing with one type of watch.

    Ideally, the store...
  21. "Hoewel het altijd een vraag zal blijven of Rolex...

    "Hoewel het altijd een vraag zal blijven of Rolex ook letterlijk op de top was, waren de Oyster Perpetual modellen onderdeel van basisuitrusting destijds; dat staat vast."

    ("Although it will...
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    Sorry, I meant to include you in my apology for...

    Sorry, I meant to include you in my apology for being grumpy.

    Rolex have waiting lists (and worse) but a "fastest finger" mad scramble in a 2 minute online window also seems seems suboptimal.
    ...
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    Any news about this? Of course, Rolex will...

    Any news about this?

    Of course, Rolex will spend a lot of time and money implying it was one of theirs.
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    Sorry I'm feeling a bit grumpy. But also this: ...

    Sorry I'm feeling a bit grumpy. But also this:



    @theflyingfisherman: are you a salmon, trout and grayling man by any chance?
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    18mm here but pricey (NOS Eulit) ...

    18mm here but pricey (NOS Eulit)

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Perlon-18mm-60s-Reversible-Red-White-Blue-Military-nos-Vintage-Watch-Band/233799865230?hash=item366f8ed38e:g:WHsAAOSw2CNfvToU
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