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    Smiths Commando Mk2

    Tropical dial and slimmer minute hand.



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    Me thinks the COMMANDO text is too "in your face" contrasting to the boob logo

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    I rather like that.
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    Now that, I really like!


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    When's this one hitting the shop?

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    Love that. Really cool dial colour as well

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    Fume dial. Yummy.
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    Is this version 36mm or 38mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    Is this version 36mm or 38mm?
    36mm
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    I know I am jumping the gun here but a dark green fume will have to be in the books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    I know I am jumping the gun here but a dark green fume will have to be in the books.
    Ohh, now there's a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    36mm
    The dial does look great and the hands more balanced.

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    Looks good to me, but it would need to be at least 40mm for me to purchase one
    Commando text looks right to my eye.

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    ‘Commando’

    To my eyes it doesn’t match up with the Smiths logo text and is too big. It needs to be made smaller and less dominating.

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    Not a watch for me but I like the new dial, and the fact that the tropicalisation (if that term exists) is quite subtle, not graduated to a much lighter colour. Do I detect a slight vintaging of the lume too???
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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    ‘Commando’

    To my eyes it doesn’t match up with the Smiths logo text and is too big. It needs to be made smaller and less dominating.
    Agreed, it'd be a neat thing to my mind that IF it absolutely has to be there, if it were done in the subtle, 'now you see me now you don't way' of the original Everest logo.

    Be interesting to see some more pics.
    Last edited by Passenger; 26th July 2021 at 10:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    ‘Commando’

    To my eyes it doesn’t match up with the Smiths logo text and is too big. It needs to be made smaller and less dominating.
    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    Agreed, it'd be a neat thing to my mind that IF it absolutely has to be there, if it were done in the subtle, 'now you see me now you don't way' of the original Everest logo.

    Be interesting to see some more pics.

    As above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    Agreed, it'd be a neat thing to my mind that IF it absolutely has to be there, if it were done in the subtle, 'now you see me now you don't way' of the original Everest logo.

    Be interesting to see some more pics.
    I have to disagree here, I think the white commando text is a big plus for me. I would rather it remain as is as opposed to being like the Everest. Makes everything look more symmetrical. And is as it was on the original Rolex commando.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflyingfisherman View Post
    I have to disagree here, I think the white commando text is a big plus for me. I would rather it remain as is as opposed to being like the Everest. Makes everything look more symmetrical. And is as it was on the original Rolex commando.
    Fair enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflyingfisherman View Post
    I have to disagree here, I think the white commando text is a big plus for me. I would rather it remain as is as opposed to being like the Everest. Makes everything look more symmetrical. And is as it was on the original Rolex commando.
    same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Tropical dial and slimmer minute hand.



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    Looking good.
    I like the hands, but in my eyes their shine somehow doesn't match the toned down lume/print shade -- I'd probably either want the print much brighter or the hands less shiny.
    Also, the name should read 'Go commando' and be placed right under the boobs (which in turn should be made more prominent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflyingfisherman View Post
    I have to disagree here, I think the white commando text is a big plus for me. I would rather it remain as is as opposed to being like the Everest. Makes everything look more symmetrical. And is as it was on the original Rolex commando.

    If you want it as per the original then it should really be 34mm and manual winding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    If you want it as per the original then it should really be 34mm and manual winding.
    Hum, i do realize there are many differences, the crown logo at 12 for example but I don’t necessarily want it to be the original but I do like that aspect of the original and would rather it remain as is to keep the balance of the dial. I feel the Everest could also be improved upon by using white text as opposed to the current text print.
    Last edited by theflyingfisherman; 27th July 2021 at 04:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflyingfisherman View Post
    Hum, i do realize there are many differences, the crown logo at 12 for example but I don’t necessarily want it to be the original but I do like that aspect of the original and would rather it remain as is to keep the balance of the dial. I feel the Everest could also be improved upon by using white text as opposed to the current text print.
    I'd have to agree also with the EVEREST text in white, I have been saying this for quite some time now as you can see the difference it makes to dial symmetry, with the gilt version of the Everest.

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    That's the problem. The Rolex and the Commando fonts are very similar (maybe even the same?) unlike this Smiths Commando font combination which is quite far apart aesthetically.

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    Zero point?

    Too Walter Mitty for me, I love some of the Glycine Combats but I don't own one for just this reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    ‘Commando’

    To my eyes it doesn’t match up with the Smiths logo text and is too big. It needs to be made smaller and less dominating.

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    "If it ain't broke ..." but sometimes you have to ...

    Maybe this is just me, but it seems like Time Factors might be a little over developed on 36mm diameter watches?

    I realize Eddie has carved a very nice niche in that size; either perfect timing to trends, or perhaps even driving the trend. And there's that old expressions "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

    On the other hand, there's mainly the Speedbird III left that is bigger than 36mm. The vintage craze means everyone seems to have 40mm diameter cases out there. But I don't see nearly as many 38 and 39mm watches, especially with short cases, i.e. </=46mm case length.

    Seems like many of these Smiths and Precista's now only in 36mm would look fantastic, might hit another unmet sweet spot, with slightly larger case sizes as options. Historically I'm not the expert you all are, but it seems many military watches in the 50's through early 80's were 38 - 39mm?

    Maybe even add in Sellita SW200 Top grades? That adds a price point tier as well, to join the Speed bird.

    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepatriot View Post
    Maybe this is just me, but it seems like Time Factors might be a little over developed on 36mm diameter watches?

    I realize Eddie has carved a very nice niche in that size; either perfect timing to trends, or perhaps even driving the trend. And there's that old expressions "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

    On the other hand, there's mainly the Speedbird III left that is bigger than 36mm. The vintage craze means everyone seems to have 40mm diameter cases out there. But I don't see nearly as many 38 and 39mm watches, especially with short cases, i.e. </=46mm case length.

    Seems like many of these Smiths and Precista's now only in 36mm would look fantastic, might hit another unmet sweet spot, with slightly larger case sizes as options. Historically I'm not the expert you all are, but it seems many military watches in the 50's through early 80's were 38 - 39mm?

    Maybe even add in Sellita SW200 Top grades? That adds a price point tier as well, to join the Speed bird.

    Just a thought.
    I was fortunate enough to bag a gilt Everest in a Sunday melee some time ago. I sold it here on sc for the original price plus postage as 36mm was just too small for me, 38mm and I'd definitely still have it now. Probably hardly ever take it off, a truly gorgeous watch.
    But 36mm v 38mm is a moot point when Eddie can sell all he can ship in literally a minute or two.

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    R's right of course. Personally, between the sizing and the melee it's become more entertaining/rewarding to be actually buying watches elsewhere for now, though still interesting to observe the development process here.

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