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  1. Thread: One for 2020

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    Would replacing the circle L with the pheon (ie...

    Would replacing the circle L with the pheon (ie move it to between the pinion and 6 o’clock) work?

    Could even go for the Smiths “fat arrow” (FA) rather than the “thin arrow” (TA). Of course then...
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    Yep, itís one of mine! I think the chunky Dennison case on the De Luxe GS/6B would be v hard to reproduce but also not really popular either. As with some other Smiths (eg the Mk X) itís a rather...
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    This. But people want sapphire and Eddieís got to sell watches.
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    Re the Mk XI: Shoulderless springbars with...

    Re the Mk XI: Shoulderless springbars with non-drilled lugs would be my choice but other than that, I love it.

    Initially I thought it should have the boobies coronet but maybe save that for the...
  5. Seems like even the fans (and I am one myself,...

    Seems like even the fans (and I am one myself, although not an uncritical blind follower) have accepted this
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    Thanks! Good to know. Those setting springs...

    Thanks! Good to know.

    Those setting springs are always breaking, the new ones are much better
  7. What's ten years between friends? A difference...

    What's ten years between friends?

    A difference of a mere decade? Pah, let's give them both a medal!

    Joint first place goes to Rolex AND Smiths (in alphabetical order).

    I'm so glad Eddie has...
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    :-( I'm sure it will be fine. Be sure to...

    :-(

    I'm sure it will be fine.

    Be sure to let us know, always good to add to the pool of knowledge.
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    Good post, thanks. Does anyone on here have...

    Good post, thanks.

    Does anyone on here have both?

    If not, would anyone like to send me a Mk 2 for a side by side comparison? Returned by RMSD the next day.

    I'm interested in the differences...
  10. It's what they've done since 1953. And the first...

    It's what they've done since 1953. And the first waterproof wristwatch etc etc

    What with waiting lists and ADs retaining cards and randomised serial numbers etc I'm afraid Rolex have lost any...
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    He wouldnít have been my choice but Iíll be interested to see how this plays out
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    Further thoughts. Having had the PRS-29A (1st...

    Further thoughts.

    Having had the PRS-29A (1st version) for 24 hours now I think itís my second favourite TF watch ever (the first is the PRS-25W Everest Expedition).

    I love the 17mm lugs (true...
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    Incidentally re the numbers: some W10s have...

    Incidentally re the numbers: some W10s have finer, crisper printing and on others itís thicker / wider. So both could be considered right.

    The arrangement on the new one bothers me though; the ď6Ē...
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    Funnily enough I got a PRS29-A old version today...

    Funnily enough I got a PRS29-A old version today in a trade. Iíll post some pics later next to my W10.

    Iím glad I managed to get the older PRS29-A as itís a much closer copy. I donít think I...
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    "A self-winding watch was necessary on Everest"?...

    "A self-winding watch was necessary on Everest"?

    Shame it didn't make to the top in '53 . . . .

    What was the one that did? Does anyone know?

    Schmitt or Schild or Smyths or something. ...
  16. As you might know the Beyer Museum in claims to...

    As you might know the Beyer Museum in claims to have the Rolex OP that Hillary wore to the summit in '53.

    I contacted them

    Fascinatingly, the might Philipp Stahl said this (here:...
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    PM me, I'll send you mine for free

    PM me, I'll send you mine for free
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    Agreed. Well , they've managed to sell...

    Agreed.





    Well , they've managed to sell another watch out of it. Not much incentive to be competent when incompetence is rewarded. (And that's assuming it was incompetence and nothing...
  19. Agreed. My guess is that the pre-production A409...

    Agreed. My guess is that the pre-production A409 looked too similar to the A404 (the only difference is that the latter has a stepped dial). Pre-De Luxe examples do exist -- presumably dating from...
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    PM on its way

    PM on its way
  21. I suspect the short-lived A409 went through three...

    I suspect the short-lived A409 went through three revisions: the (1952) pre-production design as issued to Hillary et al. then the 1953 iteration with the Art Deco numbers and leaf hands then then...
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    Lovely watches. The Astral will have a cal...

    Lovely watches. The Astral will have a cal 60466E and the De Luxe is probably a 27CS. Any competent watchmaker could service them.
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    What Matthew said, above.

    If itís a particularly rare or unusual one (military or automatic) then John Senior.

    Got any pics?
  24. The hands on the A409 in the catalogue are...

    The hands on the A409 in the catalogue are anomalous. The Ď53 had leaf hand and the Ď54 had syringe hands, the latter as per the A404.
  25. That is lovely! And bar the special low...

    That is lovely!

    And bar the special low temperature lubricants (yes, Smiths even made the oils themselves) the movement is identical to the one Hillary wore to the top.

    Hope your dad wears it...
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