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  1. Yes! I think they had some vintage ones and then...

    Yes! I think they had some vintage ones and then remade their own version.
  2. Looking forward to some pics of these in use!

    Looking forward to some pics of these in use!
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    Thanks Baden, very helpful. I met him and his...

    Thanks Baden, very helpful. I met him and his daughter at the B'ham Watch & Clock Fair earlier this, seemed like a nice chap.
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    Thanks chaps, extremely helpful! Jason -- I'll...

    Thanks chaps, extremely helpful! Jason -- I'll get back to you about that book, that's a very kind offer. Much appreciated!
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    Tell me about vintage Ploprofs

    Hello All

    Hope you are keeping well

    A friend of mine is interested in buying a vintage Ploprof: what should he be looking out for? Are there any known issues? Are redials or frankens are...
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    "The Watch Collector" dealer: thoughts?

    Hi All

    Have any of you had any dealings with https://thewatchcollector.co.uk ?

    Any good?

    Thanks!

    (Subsidiary question: a colleague of mine is considering part-exing a rarely worn, nr...
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    On its way! The weight and sheer heft of the...

    On its way! The weight and sheer heft of the thing is quite impressive but as a wearer of vintage watches and quartz beaters I've become used to smaller, lighter things on my wrist. (I did have one...
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    There main thing is that you like the Super...

    There main thing is that you like the Super Astral. Heck, there are some all-English Smiths watches that I'm not keen on (mostly the gold-plated 1960's Imperials and Nationals).

    One difference...
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    No, all (or at least many) have the same caseback...

    No, all (or at least many) have the same caseback marking but the Smiths Astral's don't have a number (presumably a serial) on them. Also, I've never seen any Smiths Industry adverts or info that...
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    The case is a generic one used by a lot of small...

    The case is a generic one used by a lot of small brands in the late '60s

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?278922-The-Same-Case-Precista-1982-Smiths-quot-Astral-quot-Seiko-62MAS
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    I think that Astral ("Super Astral") is a French...

    I think that Astral ("Super Astral") is a French marque and not the Smiths' one, but I may be wrong about that.

    See e.g. here
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    It seems Smiths used this case/bracelet combo on...

    It seems Smiths used this case/bracelet combo on less exotic offerings (albeit with one crown rather than two)

    A couple on ebay at the moment (don't all rush to buy them ha ha)
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    Ah, yes, the infamous "No Bell" prize for physics

    Ah, yes, the infamous "No Bell" prize for physics
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    Now that's what I call a good first post! ...

    Now that's what I call a good first post! Thanks, Gent,

    Btw, If anyone has a Mk 2 and want the full set I'll be selling a Mk 1 and an original W10 soon. Plexi heaven!

    Cheers
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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...
  24. 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...
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