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    I'm slightly embarrassed by all the positive...

    I'm slightly embarrassed by all the positive comments here, having done it a very short notice and in a rather rushed way.

    I should really re-do it properly!

    Smiths did indeed make all sorts of...
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    Seems that R&D, tooling and other costs...

    Seems that R&D, tooling and other costs associated with producing the four ebauches I mentioned in the video were at least partly borne by the govt. Some of that outlay was recouped / amortised by...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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