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    I'm trying to determine which 'dial types' of Smiths stop-watches were issued to the forces and when; likewise pocket watches, especially post-war:

    I know about the 6B.221 0-360 degree direction finding models (obsolete by war's end) but it doesn't appear that Smiths offered 0-300 (communications) versions - I may be wrong) and of standard 0-60 1/5sec models, and the Navy's 3-sec sweep ASDIC/Sonar models.. but what of 1/10th sec movements and 6-sec ASDIC - and indeed 0-100 1/100th min time-study models?

    I know of 1966 (RAF/Army) and 1970 (Navy) issues but are there other dated issues - especially of any post 1970 'Smiths' with the high-grade Swiss ETA movements?

    Ditto pocket watches: VC, A/ etc and 6E/50, but I suspect few pocket watches were issued post-war though a black dial 1950s pocket watch has been seen...


    Anyone?!
    Barry

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    Hi Barry,

    Hopefully these old records may be of some use:









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    Hello Barry,

    Wiiliamson produced a 1/10th timer and Smiths (SS&S) produced a 1/5 timer c WW1 (in oxidised cases) but otherwise (Smiths-related, and mainly confirming rodabod's drawings):

    6B/221 issued 1941, 1943 and bizarrely 1964 (same dial but SW43 case and movement)
    VC/2530 1/5 sec and VC/2534 1/10 sec timers c 1943/44? seem artillery-related, possibly air defence
    6B/117 issued 1944, per Mark III (I.GS) drawing above
    6B/539 '53 Fat Arrow, ie per 5CF1001 drawing above - you see these marked as such but also 6645 101001

    There are stop watches of the c 1970s occasionally seen that have an embossed broad arrow and may be Smiths per drawing GS 129/C

    The other 1/10 sec designs were issued but mainly with Minerva or Excelsior Park movements from what I recall.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Martin (isologue)

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    Thanks Martin and Rodabod, as ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsy View Post

    1966 ^^


    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    SMITHS [MADE IN ENGLAND] SHOCKPROOF 1/5TH SECS. [TO 30 MINS] STOPWATCH;

    CAL. 4060; 6B/5213169; ISSUED TO THE RAF IN '72.
    1972 ^^

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