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  1. #251
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    Great work Oliver! I canít wait till the expedition goes on sale. I love the who vintage style of it

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    I'm assuming that "Oliver" refers to OliverCD but I'll take it or at least share it with him!

    It's hard work begging watches off Eddie and then having to wear them . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    .......

    It's hard work begging watches off Eddie and then having to wear them . . . .
    He is playing the Rolex game of restricting availability to increase market presence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    He is playing the Rolex game of restricting availability to increase market presence.
    Be a waiting list next

    And a ban on selling new TF watches on SC . . . .

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    You have to already own a Timefactors watch to get one. Holding back warranty cards. Where will it end?
    Last edited by abraxas; 1st July 2019 at 23:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    You have to already own a Timefactors watch to get one. Holding back warranty cards. Where will it end?
    Has he started removing the stickers yet?
    Dave E

    Skating away on the thin ice of a new day

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    Timekeeping is at +8 secs a day, not bad for a new movement. I'm expecting it will be even better once it's run-in and settled down a bit.

    I think I need to keep this one on long-term test.

    The old Smiths are delighted to see their grandchild. Well, all except Morrissey. He said the face isn't white enough . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    The old Smiths are delighted to see their grandchild. Well, all except Morrissey. He said the face isn't white enough . . . .
    Brilliant (white)


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    Expedition prototype

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    The old Smiths are delighted to see their grandchild. Well, all except Morrissey. He said the face isn't white enough . . . .
    Very good
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    Norwegian flag strap, bit late for the 17th of May or maybe early for next year?

    (Couldn't quite manage to catch the light on the blued steel hands so you'll just have to imagine it.)





    Apologies for the q&d iPhone pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    Interesting, too, that they are completely sterile (apart from the Dennison inside the caseback). Whether they were trying pass as (J)LC or anonymous to disguise their provenance (and therefore the fact that we had on-shore wristwatch making capabilities) is an interesting question, bearing in mind that RAF watches could easily fall (literally) into enemy hands.

    Finally, another interesting fact: the jewels for these were smuggled from Switzerland via Lisbon in a specially made suit. (They were sewn into the lining of an MA1 operative called Ted Pitman. After the fall of France and before America entered the war we had no access to synthetic rubies and no capacity to make them. Smiths eventually set up a furnace at Carfin in Scotland to turn aluminium oxide into the much-coveted jewels, a place requisitioned to be out of the range of the V1 flying bombs.)

    For more info on the smuggling see James Nye's "A Long Time in Making: The History of Smiths" p. 103
    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you for this.
    You're welcome. I don't know much about much but I know a bit about Smiths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    I keep looking at the "shadow" one and the real one side by side.

    I really really like the shadow one but I think -- although I'm not sure -- that the real one is better.

    That was really quite something though, and I must say it really made a difference and captured the "Hillary" / Benson dial beautifully.

    But with the minty lume and the Omega orange seconds hand the more modern "unshadowed" version has it by a whisker.

    Still, a version of this with a flat dial, shadowed numbers, blued steel seconds hand without the lollipop and vintage vanilla lume would be a pretty bloody perfect.

    The Smiths Hillary? (Or is that a legal nightmare?) The Smiths "53"?
    Smiths Summit?

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    Smith's Chomolungma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Smith's Chomolungma.
    I'm pretty sure that is the Tibetan name. Which is completely appropriate as Mallory and Irvine summitted first from Tibet. ;-) However from Nepal, the approach taken by Hunt, it's called Sagarmatha which sounds far less romantic to me. As Eddie has already used 'Everest' we could use 'George'.



    He's buried in Hove, actually.
    Last edited by M4tt; 7th July 2019 at 12:28.

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    SmithS Hill-ary

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    First off all, wanted to say hello as this is my first post on here. I've been looking for an Explorer style watch for a while. Not a fan of the current Rolex model and not ready for vintage. I was also mulling over the Tudor North Flag, but it is a tiny bit too big for me. My searches eventually led me to Time Factors and I really like the Explorer, although would prefer something that was a little less of a homage.

    I was planning to buy the Everest later this Summer but the Exhibition looks like a lovely watch and has me intrigued. That said I am only really interested in a watch with a black dial at the moment. Is there any plans to do another version, an Expedition size dial with Everest colouring. I'm thinking of something like the Tudor Ranger, but with the vintage size and the Smiths design queues.

    Feel free to tell me if this should be in its own thread.

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    There has been no mention of a black dial Expedition so far.

    Have you taken a look at the PRS29a?

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    The PRS29a is a nice looking watch. I'd prefer a bracelet, but I suppose I could always swaps out the NATO.

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    I stumbled upon this forum in search of information about the prs-29am. And then i fell in love with this gem. What a wonderful watch, the casesize, the color of the dial and hands, just perfect!
    I knew within a second that i had to order one, can't wait until it is released. Great job Eddie!

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