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    here's a review of the Smiths W10 by Bob which can be found on the MWR home page -

    http://www.broadarrow.net/smiths.htm

    including some additional information by James K.

    and here are some of the images for reference -

















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    Oh dear! A nice little article - lovely photos - but seriously jeapordized by poorly researched political clap-trap!

    The simple truth is that by the 1970s British watch-making by Smiths (Cheltenham), Smiths' Anglo-Celtic (Ingersoll pulled out in 1969), Timex, Westclox and Newmark was simply no longer financially viable faced with cheap German, Russian, Japanese and now tariff-free Swiss imports through EFTA. Without military contracts, Cheltenham's high grade watch business simply could not survive... besides NATO was standardising on ETA movements and it made no sense to Smiths to design a new movement - their relatively new Imperial had been a slow-seller. The Cheltenham works was of far more value to Smiths' massive - and rapidly growing - avionics business!

    Ingersoll pulled out of the joint Anglo-Celtic business in 1969 to concentrate on imports; but by 1972, Anglo-Celtic was running at 1/4 its design capacity and was already heavily involved in Smiths' vehicle instrument business and other Smiths group sub-contracts. Only Smiths industrial clocks and timers were still (just) viable.

    Why would Timex want to buy Smiths' worn out capital equipment only to destroy it when Timex was already manufacturing in the Far East and winding down its UK production?

    Socialist governments love to tax society to the hilt to fund their vainglorious projects, but at the end of the day, we consumers - you and me - decide what we buy, from whom and a what price. 'We' chose not to buy enough British-made Smiths, Ingersoll, Timex, Westclox etc products despite the patriotic "I'm backing Britain" campaign of the mid-1960s! The post-1970s imported budget 'Smiths/Astral' models were largely c**p though Smiths did continue to offer via TNG some high-grade 9ct gold ETA based presentation watches.

    Now of course, everyone wants a Smiths! ... with very good reason!

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    perhaps I should add that this article was written many many moons ago..

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