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    It flew like a bird from the tweezers' mandibles...

    It flew like a bird from the tweezers' mandibles and pinged twice on the hard floor.

    A sweep with a strong magnet failed to produce anything.

    so . . . . I have reached out to the Mighty John...
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    Umm, yeah, about that. Are they special...

    Umm, yeah, about that.

    Are they special screws, unique to the Quasar?

    Suppose someone had lost one . . . I mean, hypothetically.
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    Thanks John. Is it just me or does the stepper...

    Thanks John.

    Is it just me or does the stepper motor move in time to the Michael Jackson beat?

    Q for Quasar and Quincy Jones.
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    I am now the proud owner of a Quasar!

    But Iíve yet to fit a battery as the screw that fixes the retainer / contact is very small and I am very clumsy!

    I might have a look at my tweezer and...
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    Yes, I think those watches used bought-in modules...

    Yes, I think those watches used bought-in modules / movements are are nothing special
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    From the mwr thread: - it is a one second...

    From the mwr thread:


    - it is a one second jump with a merry little bounce (a mechanically poor design)
    - it needs to be set by TIM on the second pip, not third as there is a one second delay
    -...
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    I think they tick once per second

    I think they tick once per second
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    I assumed the gold colour was Smiths "epsilon"...

    I assumed the gold colour was Smiths "epsilon" gilt finish as used from the late 1940s onwards. I might be wrong. You think otherwise?
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    Just posted a link to this thread over at the...

    Just posted a link to this thread over at the Smiths sub-forum of mwr, which may bring in some more information.

    I do like the gilding and rubies combined with slightly Heath Robinson engineering...
  10. Yep that's what I thought. Three positions: 1....

    Yep that's what I thought. Three positions: 1. winding, 2. date, 3. time setting. Except this one appears to missing 1.

    I did find it yesterday, once, and could hear / feel it winding (plus the...
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    Thanks John & Matt: I really appreciate your...

    Thanks John & Matt: I really appreciate your knowledge and input here!

    (And thanks for the photos John: more Smiths porn for my personal collection . . . . .)

    Well, this is turning into quite...
  12. 1990s Breitling Colt Superocean A17040: no hand wind position on stem?

    Hi All

    Dumb question. Got a 1990s Breitling Colt Superocean A17040

    It's this model

    https://www.breitlingsource.com/watch_details/Superocean_99.html

    But I canít seem to find a setting on...
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    Thanks! So the quartz vibrates really fast...

    Thanks!

    So the quartz vibrates really fast (due to an electrical current?) and that super fast buzzing is halved and halved and halved and so on until you have a usable "pulse" at so many beats...
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    Unfortunately (due to the fact the I didn't...

    Unfortunately (due to the fact the I didn't really go to school in any normal sense of the word combined with my very own -- and vast -- stupidity; I'm not sure any school could have made much of...
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    All material copyright BHI / HJ ...

    All material copyright BHI / HJ


    https://i.imgur.com/hBy0rrA.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/SCg9eFW.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/DeJb62h.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/g43s5af.jpg
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    OK! I've got the relevent issues of HJ from 1974...

    OK! I've got the relevent issues of HJ from 1974 -- will post scans later

    May I suggest we start a new thread either over at Watch Talk OR (better) at the specialist Smiths subforum on mwr?
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    OK! I'll pull what I have together. I'm also...

    OK! I'll pull what I have together. I'm also really hoping to be able to interview an ex-Smiths employee who worked on the Q project

    Cheers!
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    Thanks Matt. I think there's scope for a proper...

    Thanks Matt. I think there's scope for a proper article about these watches. Some wider history and how that relates to the particulars of the story of Smiths plus a a tear-down and technical...
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    BTW, I know very little about quartz watches. ...

    BTW, I know very little about quartz watches.

    I understand that 14 jewels is a lot for a quartz but have no idea about the 1.5MHz thing. Is that "high frequency"? I'm guessing it's probably...
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    Will do! Thanks for your interest -- these are...

    Will do!

    Thanks for your interest -- these are of limited appeal but fascinating to me.
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    All being well -- and let's not count our...

    All being well -- and let's not count our chickens, there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip etc etc -- this should soon be mine.

    https://i.imgur.com/gjWUkJP.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/bRgAKMv.jpg
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    Perlon here too I'm sensing a theme emerging

    Perlon here too

    I'm sensing a theme emerging
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    Yep. The graphite grey dial. It's also...

    Yep.

    The graphite grey dial.

    It's also got its original box!

    I'll post some pics when I get back from church.
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    Oh, and I can confirm that the case and bracelet...

    Oh, and I can confirm that the case and bracelet appear not to be by the same people who made the Omega ones.

    More to follow, all being well.
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    Just been offered one of these. Means selling a...

    Just been offered one of these. Means selling a few things to raise the funds but as I have a the first Smiths (Mk X made for the RAF in WW2) and a 1950 "Everest" pattern one (same dial as...
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