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    Default 18 jewels for £25!

    I hope someone here got this beauty

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/292199512188

    That's a lot of watch for the money!

    Sadly I missed out but whoever got it really grabbed a bargain
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under £4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for £5. Recently their price seems to have risen to £8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Wow, quite the bargain

    I didn't know that garrards produced a steel (chrome?) cased watch, have you seen any others?

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    The 18J is a beautiful movement - it deserves a solid gold case! Garrard (and Benson) probably bought batches of different dial designs/cases to test the market. Perhaps the gold cases proved the more popular?

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    Mens Vintage GARRARD SMITHS English 1950's Manual wind Wristwatch

    Winning bid: £26.75 GBP - Approximately $34.88 USD - 8 bids


















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    I was watching. Just didn't bid as I didn't really like the look of it aesthetically.

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    there's always an angle -

    Hayward Tyler to supply 9 pumps for Royal Navy’s submarines

    02 February 2015

    Hayward Tyler Group plc has won contracts worth more than £1.0 million to supply nine specialist pumps for deployment in the British Royal Navy’s Astute Class and Vanguard Class submarines...

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    Ah, so it was ended early?

    That 1218 movement is awesome: extra jewels plus overcoil hairspring.

    Non-Gold versions are rare and were it not for the inscription I'd suggest a re-case; many do turn up loose or recased after the gold gets taken for scrap value.
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under £4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for £5. Recently their price seems to have risen to £8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    overcoil hairspring.
    Didn't know about that. Very interesting.

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    Revo, chromed/stainless-steel cased Garrards are not uncommon with all manner of movements inside. The 'patina' and wear suggest to me this has not been recased.

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