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    Default Well that sold pretty cheaply (I think)

    "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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    Really... You didn't see it first time round then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookedseven View Post
    Really... You didn't see it first time round then ?
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    Was it the one on the Facebook group?

    I saw this one as soon as it was listed and was watching it. I wasn't bidding but I did expect it to jump in the last minutes or even seconds but at 460 it went for about a third of what I thought it would reach.

    Nice piece, hope it went to someone on here.
    "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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    RARE VINTAGE VULCAN BOMBER SMITHS DELUXE GUN CAMERA WATCH RAF BRITISH MILITARY

    Winning bid: 460.00 GBP - 61 bids













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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    ??

    Was it the one on the Facebook group?

    I saw this one as soon as it was listed and was watching it. I wasn't bidding but I did expect it to jump in the last minutes or even seconds but at 460 it went for about a third of what I thought it would reach.

    Nice piece, hope it went to someone on here.
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    I've still got mine, before people start assuming it was mine!

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    Roddy, was yours the McTears one ?

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    the seller is a well respected member here -

    it sold cheap in my opinion, but then the IWC Mk11 and the MoD Record did also..

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    Yes. There was a big lot pocket watches with one of them in there.

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    Yeap... Pretty much the last lot, and I was your underbidder

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    Were you there in person? My Dad went for me as I was on nightshifts.

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    No... I was after a few lots but everything was from the photos so a big disadvantage. I really wanted some IWC WWW parts so the wrong ones were appealing but ended up going for big money. Also, stupidly it seems, thought I could pick up that big tin of spares. I think you won that, right ? I hadn't planned to bid on the Smiths, but it was almost at the end and I had nothing to show and I just spotted the Smiths as it went live. I think it was a good price, I stopped at around 100-140, can't remember exactly, I think all in was under 200.

    Still, I picked up two lots a couple of weeks later from McTears that seemed to be from the same source but perhaps hadn't been identified as military. I only know there was a Lemania series I/II mid case in there, but the lots seemed big as my parents complained how much stuff turned up. Might have a nice surprise when I eventually pick it up from them.

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    Some of the IWCs had civilian movements, so I generally steered clear. I got the big tub of parts and then immediately regretted it, but I'll eventually figure out what's in there and salvageable.

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    I put a few bids in on that; rather cool indeed. My favorite RAF plane and an amazing Englishman watch maker. Very cool bit of history to own for someone.

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    Default here are some other reference images from a different source


















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    Ex-Government Smiths Nurses wristlet watches were being sold in the 1980s with this dial in small calibre cases. I bought one, but didn't think about opening one up - and can't recall if they had military markings.... alas I soon sold it.

    Whether these were recycled R88 camera movements by the MoD/NHS as nurse/ambulance drivers watches, or recased by enterprising dealers has long puzzled me!

    I wonder what it would fetched, Vulcan attached?

    Barry

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