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    PRS-36 Smiths vintage cushion case - it's here

    ..and it's lovely :). I have a 7.75" wrist and it certainly doesn't wear too small.




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    Woo Hoo!

    Looks marvellous, congrats.

    Any pics of it poking out of a shirt cuff at all?

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    Very nice, I can not believe how different this is compared to the original visuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coot View Post
    Woo Hoo!

    Looks marvellous, congrats.

    Any pics of it poking out of a shirt cuff at all?
    Your wish is my command...


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    That looks very smart indeed!

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    A few more pics showing some of the nice details - the signed buckle and strap are a cool touch.

    Apologies for the backgrounds in the pics - the furniture isn't mine...the errant wrist hair however is.

    The crown is perfectly sized and unfashionably modest. Love it. The watch itself is just so very wearable.

    Very happy with it :)





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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    Your wish is my command...

    That looks tremendous with a shirt! Great pic!

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    Looks cool, are the hands blued steel?

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    Smile

    What a cracking watch Eddie, they just get better and better!
    Great cuff shot.

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    It looks superb!

    Would be interested to see it on a 6.5" / 6.75" wrist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    It looks superb!

    Would be interested to see it on a 6.5" / 6.75" wrist
    Here you go: 6.5" wrist. The quilted Smiths strap adds a bit of bulk, so I've swapped it out for something temporary.
    And yes, the time isn't set yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gentlemenpreferhats View Post
    Here you go: 6.5" wrist. The quilted Smiths strap adds a bit of bulk, so I've swapped it out for something temporary.
    And yes, the time isn't set yet.

    What a beauty

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryw View Post
    What a beauty
    Yep, I already love it. The wide-angle on the camera makes it look a little larger than it is, but it fills my girly arm perfectly. There's a slight dip to the lugs so it sits on the wrist neatly with none of the dreaded overhang.

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    Thanks for the pics

    It looks great!

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    Oh my.....


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    I really like the vintage Smiths logo, script and Sheffield nestling in between.

    Well done Eddie and thank you.

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    What a fantastic little piece!

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    What a stunning watch!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gentlemenpreferhats View Post
    Here you go: 6.5" wrist. The quilted Smiths strap adds a bit of bulk, so I've swapped it out for something temporary.
    And yes, the time isn't set yet.

    That's a modern classic if ever I saw one. Congrats Ahmed, the proportions look perfect.

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    It wears nicely on a smaller wrist, very pleased with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    Your wish is my command...

    Wow, that's pretty sexy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeroeseight View Post
    Looks cool, are the hands blued steel?
    Anybody knows? Thx.

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    Looking good, thanks for the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karm View Post
    That's a modern classic if ever I saw one. Congrats Ahmed, the proportions look perfect.
    Hello Mark! I hope you're well.

    Q&D on the tube home:


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    I wouldn't normally give this style of watch a second glance but this looks really really nice.

    The dial in the first picture really "pops".

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    Quote Originally Posted by lencoth View Post
    Anybody knows? Thx.
    The hands are iridescent blue when they catch the light but look black at other times. The text that Eddie put on the site says that they are "Vintage style skeleton hands, luminous filled with SuperLuminova C3"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    The hands are iridescent blue when they catch the light but look black at other times. The text that Eddie put on the site says that they are "Vintage style skeleton hands, luminous filled with SuperLuminova C3"
    Thanks, they look not painted but blued?

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    I would love to see Rocco do a starburst lapping job on just the top surface of the case. Does that make me a degenerate pervert?
    Johnny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeroeseight View Post
    Thanks, they look not painted but blued?
    I don't know the construction method - Eddie may be able to shed some light on it. I've tried to capture the iridescence here but failed miserably:


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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    I don't know the construction method - Eddie may be able to shed some light on it. I've tried to capture the iridescence here but failed miserably:

    The more I see this watch the more I love it, the texture on the dial, the blued shaped hands and the Smiths logo with Sheffield just makes it perfect.
    I don't really do dress watches, but I could make an exception:)

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    Thought I'd pop it on a different strap to see how it looks... This vintage brown makes it look a bit trench-watch-y... Not sure but the experiments continue :). This pic shows off the lovely texture on the dial:


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    ..and one of it's rather spiffing behind:


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    What a credit to the Smiths name . love the dial in particular - is it a silver linen dial ?
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    What a credit to the Smiths name . love the dial in particular - is it a silver linen dial ?
    It is indeed. In some pics it looks white, others it looks like brushed aluminium but definitely linen. The sub second dial has a neat concentric circle engraved design to make it stand out.

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    This watch is simply stunning and is the first watch in a good while to pique my interest. Well done to the posters for such good initial pics. I'm a sucker for sub seconds and whilst I really liked the look of the PRS9 I was worried it would be too large for my spindly wrists but this looks an ideal size. Just a question of raising the cash now....

    I may have missed it somewhere but did Eddie say what movement would go into these after the Peseux movements ran out?

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    A few superficial observations after a days ownership:

    Context: I've been after a modern dress watch for a while. I previously owned a Stowa Antea, but never quite got on with its austere dial and it went for other reasons a couple of years ago. I have a Seiko SARB045, but I've wanted something date-less and with a lighter dial colour to complement it. Vintage Seiko 66 nearly hit the spot but are undersized by modern standards. I've been rooting around Longines and Oris offerings for a while but then the PRS-36 project came up.

    Don’t like: I tend to look for flaws straight away and I found....not much :-) Being fussy, I would prefer the elegant Smiths Sheffield badge to be about 1mm lower and the subdial tracks about 0.5mm thinner. No OCD alarms ringing, though. I would also prefer the crown to be about 1.5mm wider but, as noted earlier, that is a modern affectation.

    Size: on my 6.5” wrist the watch proportions are just right- the cushion case and light coloured dial means it “wears large” but there’s no lug overhang at all. The supplied Smiths strap is beautiful and comfortable but too bulky for me so I’ll probably try sourcing something with a matte croc-grain.

    Movement etc: handwind is sweet and sturdy, and timekeeping seems fine. TBH I don’t care that much about the engine because….

    Style: Without any need for sports/mil spec, this is all about the visuals for me. I was a little concerned about the polished case, but it works with the linen/brushed face very well. The textured subdial gives what would otherwise be a large plain dial a visual focus which zings. This is almost the only watch I have with numerals but, depending on the light, they sometimes disappear into the face. It’s this interplay- numerals, dials, polishing, brushing, which give the dial a sense of life which I like, but without being overly shouty. Very... proper.

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    Whats hard to see from the photos is the tones in the strap - mines just arrived and in the garden light its quite lovely.

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    Is the crown signed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldandgrumpy View Post
    Is the crown signed ?
    Nope.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Thanks

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    To add to the excellent thoughts from gentlemenpreferhats, some of my observations:


    • Timekeeping: Excellent in my example. -1s/24hrs so far against my atomic G. I'm sure that's just luck but obviously I'm more than happy with that.
    • Winding: Very nice. Feels quality - you can feel the clicks of the click spring but no grating/grinding/undue effort as in some hand wound watches.
    • Logo - blooming brilliant in my opinion. Really sets it apart and is perfectly executed.
    • Dial - as mentioned previously and by gentlemenpreferhats, really well done. The mixture of the linen finish, textured subdial, outlined numerals and surprisingly effective lume come together really well. Really really well :)
    • Case - the overriding feeling is one of extreme wearability. It feels just right - not too proud, not too weighty, just....right. And I've got a burly 100Kg frame to wear it on and it doesn't look lost at all.
    • Crystal - there's a gentle dome to the sapphire that adds a little...life? to the watch. Life is daft, I don't really know what I'm aiming for there....it adds character for sure. The way it's flush to the case is nice too.


    The overall impression is excellent. I mean no disrespect to Eddie's other watches (as I have a number myself) but it feels to me like this is the start of another line or sub brand. The watch is really very good indeed. You may have picked up that I like it :)

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    Some quick observations from me too.

    It's a great size. I'm not blessed with big wrists and it fits nicely. Echoing the thoughts above, the shape and light face makes the watch wear slightly bigger than I expected but the lug to lug is still relatively small so it sits just right.

    I really like the small seconds and the contrast it brings to the face whilst also balancing the logo (which I'm really trying to see as a crown).

    The strap whilst very nice doesn't quite sit right on my wrist yet so I've swapped it out for a grey suede style one which looks great.

    It sounds daft, but I find it more relaxing to wear than some watches. I can be a bit ocd with getting the minutes to line up with when the second hand crosses the 60 but this wears a little more like a two-hander where it's not a worry.

    All in all, I'm very pleased.

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    Brilliant! That is properly classy. Easily the best-looking Smiths in the lineup IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teadazed View Post
    ....the logo (which I'm really trying to see as a crown).
    It's not a crown.
    It's a pair of tits squished between folded arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    It's not a crown.
    It's a pair of tits squished between folded arms.
    Which once seen cannot be unseen. I'm really trying to convince myself it's a crown though.

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    I knew I'd forget some things:


    • The tick - quiet, which pleases my wife as she hates my noisier watches...as it's a lower beat rate at 21600 it's a little more relaxed too.
    • Hacking - although it's a non-hacking movement, the trick of using gentle backward pressure to stop the seconds works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    Thought I'd pop it on a different strap to see how it looks... This vintage brown makes it look a bit trench-watch-y... Not sure but the experiments continue :). This pic shows off the lovely texture on the dial:

    I like this combo, a lot!
    Congrats on the new watch.

    Can you please share where did you get the strap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvax View Post
    Can you please share where did you get the strap?
    It's one of own from back when I used to work with leather - three layers of Italian calf so nice and chunky, soft and stiff. No idea where to get similar commercially I'm afraid as it was something of an experiment!

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    That is a real classy watch
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfugerbil View Post
    It's one of own from back when I used to work with leather - three layers of Italian calf so nice and chunky, soft and stiff. No idea where to get similar commercially I'm afraid as it was something of an experiment!
    ^^Thanks
    The more I look at it the more I like that
    Enjoy it!

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