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Smith Watches Page

Post by koimaster » December 1st 2011, 8:31am

http://web.me.com/merrens/SMITHSWATCHES/Welcome.html




Welcome to smithswatches, bringing you a small selection of high quality vintage watches made by a British company. Starting in London as Samuel Smith in 1851, progressing down the years to becoming S.Smith & Sons(Motor Accessories), receiving it's first Royal Warrant in 1907. then becoming S.Smith & Sons (England)Ltd, which split into Smiths Motor Accessories Ltd, Smiths Aircraft Instruments Ltd, Smiths English Clocks Ltd and Smiths industrial Instruments Ltd.

The factory in Cheltenham that eventually manufactured the high quality timepieces featured here was built at the start of the Second World War. By the end of the Second World War The Smiths Group comprised of over 20 companies. By the time Smiths Aviation Division had become the main priority in the late 1970's the Clock and watch Division had broken up. From the 1980's onwards Smiths Industries had successfully moved on into Avionics, Smiths being instrumental in the development of automated aircraft flying and landing controls, and finally in the 1980's the Aerospace division was extending its reach far into the jet age.

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Post by johnny the frog » December 1st 2011, 1:35pm

Interestingly he doesn't mention the Smiths Empire range at all, perhaps because they were the cheaper Smiths line of the 1950's, 5 jewel pin pallets, and as such don't command the prices of the more illustrious ranges. My mid '50's Empire is away being repaired at the moment, but I'll post a photo when it returns, hopefully next week.

As I don't collect watches to sit on them as investments, I personally have no qualms in acquiring watches where the backs might have personal inscriptions on them. Quite the contrary, for me it gives the watch a personality all its own, to have been given to celebrate a wedding or a birthday means it was given with love, and was once someones cherished watch.

None of that means that I don't enjoy getting a bargain. Today a friend, knowing I collect watches, gave me a 1970's Rodania, saying it was an automatic, but it didn't work, and he hadn't been able to sell it at the last two boot sales he taken it to. In fact it was a 17 jewel manual, and, after an afternoons tinkering, it works fine now. A few hours of my time, a new strap and a $50 watch at the end. To me that's a bargain but with no investment potential!

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Smiths Empire - early to mid 1950's, ticking nice and loud

Post by johnny the frog » December 8th 2011, 3:15am

Here she is, just as received by me, with a 5 (a whole 5!) Jewel Pin Pallet movement, early 1950's Smiths Empire, "Made in Great Britain" not "Made in England" to signify it was made in Wales, at the Anglo Celtic watch factory, jointly owned at that time by Smiths & Ingersoll, based at the Gurnos Works, Ystradgynlais near Swansea. It was the largest watch manufacturing factory in Britain and one of the largest in Europe at the time.

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Post by eddiea » December 1st 2016, 11:31am

I think a Smiths Forum is long overdue here....
Here is an excellent review of the now owned by Time Factors, Smiths Everest....

http://wornandwound.com/review/smiths-everest-timefactors-prs-25-review/
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Post by koimaster » December 1st 2016, 12:14pm

eddiea wrote:I think a Smiths Forum is long overdue here....
Here is an excellent review of the now owned by Time Factors, Smiths Everest....

http://wornandwound.com/review/smiths-everest-timefactors-prs-25-review/



I assume you were joking?
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Post by eddiea » December 4th 2016, 12:28pm

koimaster wrote:
eddiea wrote:I think a Smiths Forum is long overdue here....
Here is an excellent review of the now owned by Time Factors, Smiths Everest....

http://wornandwound.com/review/smiths-everest-timefactors-prs-25-review/
I assume you were joking?

Actually , I'm not.... TF put out some nice watches , Smiths just being one of them ;)
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Re: Smith Watches Page

Post by bobbee » December 10th 2016, 5:12am

Smiths watches were popular during the WW1 period, as we see by these adverts including a Medical Watch with centre seconds.



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Re: Smith Watches Page

Post by eddiea » December 11th 2016, 6:08pm

bobbee wrote:Smiths watches were popular during the WW1 period, as we see by these adverts including a Medical Watch with centre seconds.


Not to mention first to summit Everest ;) ...Definitely deserving a forum here
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