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    SMITHS DE LUXE THIN ARROW MILITARY WATCH 6B/542 1955 RAF

    VERY GOOD USED CONDITION & IN GOOD WORKING ORDER

    Winning bid: 3,356.99 GBP - 29 bids






































    MOVEMENT - MILITARY 27cs CAL 0434E (STAMPED UNDER THE DIAL).
    SPECIAL BALANCE WITH BREGUET OVERCOIL & WITH HACK SETTING.

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    Such a nice watch!

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    Twas mine! hard to let it go but a new car forces sale of a few old friends..
    check the PX for a real nice honest 52 IWC mk11 hooked 7 I have for sale..

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    I would have gone for cheaper car and kept the watch!!

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    Aye there'll always be new and newer cars but never will there be more of these rare and beautiful beasts!

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    I do have other Smiths, so not too much of a wrench..



    this one will get people talking

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsoletewatchparts View Post

    this one will get people talking
    Deserves its own thread!

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    Well John, nobody seems to know anything about this example, what are your thoughts? some more images would be nice

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    I can't speak for John, but all companies experimented with different designs to test the market - that's the Marketing Dept's function! - so it would not be unusual to find one-offs or small batches of survivors squirrelled away... lucky John!!

    Equally this may have been to meet a proposed government department project (non WD) - note the civilian sized crown.

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    I'm more invested in the case. I'm assuming (maybe wrongly) that it's ss and not plated base metal but screw or snap back? Fixed or spring bars?

    C'mon John don't tease us!
    "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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    I imagine John over there giggling as we all chat and speculate about that last one. C'mon John, give it up!

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    Its a watch I put together, it cant really be considered "authentic" but all the parts of this watch including the dial were found (separately) in a job lot of smiths parts that came from an ex smiths bishops cleave employee (deceased).
    the dial looks so "new" that I thought people would think I had it made up myself so I have never bothered to mention it.
    Crispin (Mr Jones) will remember all the lots turning up on ebay back in 2013.

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    Yes, I remember and still use a lot of the parts I got then - it was the son of the chap who worked for smiths selling it all off.

    Naturally he couldn't shed much light details, but I think he was quite intrigued by the interest.

    Kind of like the look of the sub-seconds w10!

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    It looks very distinguished... not sure about the hairy arm though :-). I'm sure there could have been a market for such a design.

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