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    Old Radium lume would be nice on this watch, but I do appreciate timefactors making their Homage/Reissue watches look like 'New old stock' rather than 'aged heritage' a la the PRS-29/48, so would like to see Eddie forgo it here

    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    It may be the render, but it looks more like sailcloth than canvas. The hardware also seems a little over powering, too 'Zulu.' But I like the idea and the colour choice. However the strap colour would match old radium lume quite nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiex View Post
    Interesting how we all see thing differently! I actually really like the Precista logo (as well as the watches).

    Like most here, I also like the Smiths logo - the original 'SMITHS' logo appeals to me as they remind me of the instrument panel in my Dads old Jag but also the newer smaller font of the PRS range with the 'boobies' crown.
    Makes no sense I know, just one of those things. Smiths logo ace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeBugShuffle View Post
    This is amazing.
    Quick note, I know the SW216-1 has a date, will there be a ghost position? Or is it a modified movement? Is there any other reasonably priced movement with small seconds that don't feature a date?

    Quick Edit: the eta-7001 was the movement I was thinking of, not sure whether that's achievable with the budget in mind or if there are other alternatives

    Also not presuming that I know more than the man himself!
    Sellita has agreed to make it with no ghost date, which is why there's a long lead time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Sellita has agreed to make it with no ghost date, which is why there's a long lead time.

    Eddie
    Holy shit thatís cool to hear, didnít realise that was something they did on request. Will eagerly keep an eye out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Sellita has agreed to make it with no ghost date, which is why there's a long lead time.

    Eddie
    Holy shit thatís cool to hear, didnít realise that was something they did on request. Will eagerly keep an eye out!

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    Looks great. Beautifull watch(1944 heritage?). No ghost date is nice. I would skip the strap, the ĎZuluí hardware is too present.
    Hard to buy for me, it would be a popular watch and sold out in a minute. Too bad.

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    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    This is not helping my plan to buy no more watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    This is not helping my plan to buy no more watches.
    Seconded!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    This is not helping my plan to buy no more watches.
    Yep. Especially the white dialled one. That could give be a serious contender to the Air Ministry for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    Yep. Especially the white dialled one. That could give be a serious contender to the Air Ministry for me.
    What stopped me from having an Air Ministry was the lack of lume.
    Small watch. Limited time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


    Eddie
    Think I prefer the colour on this strap but wanted to echo others thoughts on the hardware feeling a bit too Zulu-esque (though I appreciate it might just be because itís a render)

    Would canvas/nylon keepers rather than the polished silver keepers be worth any thought?

    Again - as everyone else is saying - this will sell out immediately. Beautiful watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    Yep. Especially the white dialled one. That could give be a serious contender to the Air Ministry for me.
    ContenderÖ. Funny way to spell companion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    What stopped me from having an Air Ministry was the lack of lume.
    Yeah I love my air ministry, and feel that lume would be out of place on the dial, but it definitely stops me from wearing it some days, especially with it getting dark so quick still around this time of year

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    Eddie, remember this?





    Look what just turned up.

    (these are all the pics I have)
    Small watch. Limited time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


    Eddie

    Love this WWW! I like the handset very much, just like the Omega. Are the numerals lumed on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post


    Eddie, remember this?





    Look what just turned up.

    (these are all the pics I have)
    I love the top picture and it's still something I very much want to do.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I love the top picture and it's still something I very much want to do.

    Eddie
    Longines have just released a heritage re-issue. Feel it would work better at a smaller size though.

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/th...-way-live-pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastadon View Post
    Love this WWW! I like the handset very much, just like the Omega. Are the numerals lumed on this?
    Yeah think it's just the minute track/logo/seconds subdial that isn't lumed here. Legibility would be on par/better than the PRS-29!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


    Eddie
    I like the cream, and think it would look great on a tan/brown leather strap with white or cream stitching.
    Can the lume on the numerals and markers be made a little darker to differentiate from the dial? On my white-dialled Everest, they disappear into the dial a little too much as the colours are similar.

    I think it good that you’ve gone for an 18mm rather than 20mm strap width, which looks a tad too wide on a 36mm dial

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCymro View Post
    I like the cream, and think it would look great on a tan/brown leather strap with white or cream stitching.
    Can the lume on the numerals and markers be made a little darker to differentiate from the dial? On my white-dialled Everest, they disappear into the dial a little too much as the colours are similar.

    I think it good that youíve gone for an 18mm rather than 20mm strap width, which looks a tad too wide on a 36mm dial
    Could be wrong, but I'd imagine this uses the same case as the PRS-29, agree this is the right move

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeBugShuffle View Post
    Could be wrong, but I'd imagine this uses the same case as the PRS-29, agree this is the right move
    The PRS-29 is close to perfect for me so that would be fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    The PRS-29 is close to perfect for me so that would be fantastic!
    It's my favourite smiths watch for sure, and I've been looking for a good www homage so it's kind of perfect for me as nothing else available scratches that itch

    Worth noting Vertex teased making a 36mm www on instagram, so that might be another contender too (although obviously Eddie's take looks to be more traditional new old stock/reissue of the original watch, whereas the m100 is a more modern redesign so not quite the same beast)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToeBugShuffle View Post
    Could be wrong, but I'd imagine this uses the same case as the PRS-29, agree this is the right move
    That would make sense but something is telling me it's a new case.
    Small watch. Limited time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    That would make sense but something is telling me it's a new case.
    You know what on second look I think you're right! Lug to lug is way off. WWW is 44.5mm and PRS-29 is 46.8mm

    If it's essentially just the PRS-29 case (slab sides, similar height etc) with a shorter L2L then I think it'll actually be an improvement on what I already consider to be an amazing case.

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    If you could ask TF to homage any watch, what would it be and why?

    Homages to
    Sekonda Strela 3017 & Omega Flightmaster taking best bits from the Cal. 910 & 911.
    Why? In my eyes the Sekonda is one on the most beautiful and elegant Chronos ever made. And the Flightmaster has one of the most interesting combinations of case and dial designs of the seventies.

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    Last edited by Stuart D; 1st March 2023 at 20:07.

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    I’ve fancied a GMT Chronograph for a while, but can’t identify a modern movement with these complications.

    The Heuer Autavia GMT is my grail watch and I’d love to see a modern interpretation.



    Or the Zodiac branded version based on the later Heuer Autavia case



    Coming to think about it, I’d like an homage of this Autavia even if it didn’t have the GMT function. The Pepsi bezel is a jaw dropper on a chronograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart D View Post
    Homages to
    Sekonda Strela 3017 & Omega Flightmaster taking best bits from the Cal. 910 & 911.
    Why? In my eyes the Sekonda is one on the most beautiful and elegant Chronos ever made. And the Flightmaster has one of the most interesting combinations of case and dial designs of the seventies.

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    The Sekonda looks like it would slot in nicely with the rest of the TF lineup! Not my thing but can definitely see the beauty of it

    Flightmaster is probably more polarising, but different strokes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCymro View Post
    Iíve fancied a GMT Chronograph for a while, but canít identify a modern movement with these complications.

    The Heuer Autavia GMT is my grail watch and Iíd love to see a modern interpretation.



    Or the Zodiac branded version based on the later Heuer Autavia case



    Coming to think about it, Iíd like an homage of this Autavia even if it didnít have the GMT function. The Pepsi bezel is a jaw dropper on a chronograph.
    A chronograph GMT is something I didn't even know existed, and now I'm lusting after a 50 year old £10k watch...

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    GMT chronograph could be the Valjoux 724.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    GMT chronograph could be the Valjoux 724.

    Eddie
    Thanks Eddie. Got your order in for them yet? ;-)

    Cheers, Steve

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    That was my 100th post. Come on Eddie, build a GMT Autavia homage to celebrate

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    Whilst looking for a Cali dial for another self build I discovered the very rare Rolex Zerographe

    https://monochrome-watches.com/an-ul...it-now-button/



    Another nice project Eddie, for once you’ve homaged the Autavia obvs.
    Last edited by YCymro; 4th March 2023 at 14:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCymro View Post
    I’ve fancied a GMT Chronograph for a while, but can’t identify a modern movement with these complications.

    The Heuer Autavia GMT is my grail watch and I’d love to see a modern interpretation.



    Coming to think about it, I’d like an homage of this Autavia even if it didn’t have the GMT function. The Pepsi bezel is a jaw dropper on a chronograph.
    What about this being an exploration into the Seiko VK63 mecha-quartz movement? No need for a GMT movement, just a faded Pepsi 12 hour bezel which could be turned to indicate GMT when on holiday?

    37 or 38mm bezel diameter, 46/47mm lug to lug with a 43/44mm lug-hole to lug-hole, sapphire box crystal, bi-directional bezel (for GMT use) and I’d have the ultimate daily driver. Please
    Last edited by YCymro; 4th March 2023 at 14:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCymro View Post
    Whilst looking for a Cali dial for another self build I discovered the very rare Rolex Zerographe

    https://monochrome-watches.com/an-ul...it-now-button/



    Another nice project Eddie, for once youíve homaged the Autavia obvs.

    Now that is adorable!

    Probably not commercial though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCymro View Post
    Whilst looking for a Cali dial for another self build I discovered the very rare Rolex Zerographe...<snip>
    Already done by Ken Sato's RXW brand.



    Photo from James Dowling's site & used for illustration only.

    https://www.ukwatches.com/product/01...new-old-stock/
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    ​Jim.

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    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/c...5?format=1000w

    So this is probably never going to happen - too similar to the PRS-25 and recently a very 'hyped' watch due to the re-release which isn't really timefactors' gig

    However!

    - originally designed and supplied to British explorers
    - interesting handset
    - vintage feel that falls in line with the rest of the smiths catalogue

    Make it a 36mm and give the seconds hand that red tip from the reissue and I think it would sell. One of the biggest complaints about the current ranger is the size (most feedback I see is it should have been 36mm but they didn't want to interfere with the explorer's identity in the lineup) so we know there's a market for it and lots of people found timefactors from looking for an affordable alternative to the 1016 so that kind of reach isn't unheard of for the company

    Would be easy to implement as it's basically just a PRS-25 with a different dial and handset, so a lot of the work is already done. The changes I've suggested also gives it enough of an identity where it's definitely a Smiths take on the watch, and not a rip off of a model that's recently been getting some media attention

    Quick Edit: with the same lume that was used on the PRS-25 Honeycomb for the extra warmth!

    Have now got myself worked up for a watch that doesn't exist
    Last edited by ToeBugShuffle; 8th March 2023 at 10:22.

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    Well, since you did say ďanyĒ






    Hamilton issued to US Marine pilots in WWII. A black dialed version existed for the Navy.

    This one is mine, but Iíd love to see a modern version.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    Already done by Ken Sato's RXW brand.



    Photo from James Dowling's site & used for illustration only.

    https://www.ukwatches.com/product/01...new-old-stock/
    Good spot Jim.
    That was made 20 years ago though, so now’s the time for another homage.

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    Depending on the price of the Sellita SW360-1, I'm thinking about bringing the Carmania back.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    I see that the Rolex Turn O Graf had a waffle dial. An easy win could be to use this new Timefactors waffle dial version on a re-released Commander.



    A white waffle might be nice too on an Everest?

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    Most iconic Smiths model ever. Use the same vintage lume as the honeycomb. Success.


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