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About Smalltimeguy

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  1. I've seen timefactors. Are they any good or just capitalizing on the name? As far as service, a competent guy, a watch repair guy (horologist?) told me if it's ticking within 2 minutes per day don't get it serviced. I was pretty taken aback but when he quoted me $200 - 300 I figured for a watch worth £50 I would wear it til it really needs it. Maybe he's way out of whack on his price. What's fair in your eyes? I have seen watches at $100 being offered on ebay as "fully serviced", can that be for real?
  2. Well, so I went ahead and blundered into an auction. I sniped my way into a Smiths Astral English made for about £50. He's a watch dealer with good feedback so for the money - about $85 US with shipping - I felt OK about it. I'll see when it gets here I guess. I'll try to get sone decent pics of too.
  3. I'm new to watch collecting and won't be buying a lot, but I'm interested in a Smiths because I recently started a job at Smiths Medical which it turns out is one of the divisions of what used to be Smiths Watches. Funny how time changes things. But I thought I should have a company watch. I'm watching a couple on eBay, a DeLuxe from a watch retailer, Hour Vintage Watch Shop, and two from an individual, an English Astral in very Good shape and a DeLuxe in average shape. The first is serviced and looks great, 1953 vintage. Price is £140 (about $180 USD) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gents-vintage-watch-Smiths-deluxe-England-serviced-15-jewels-c400-1953-A-409/312578428855?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D90f864bcbc8643dab9ee46ec302ef909%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D382841597898%26itm%3D312578428855&_trksid=p2349624.c100930.m5375 The other two are running but of unknown accuracy, unserviced, and have no bands. But they're only $50. Advice please! https://www.ebay.com/itm/SMITHS-DE-LUXE-WATCH-GOLD-PLATED-DATE-15J-MADE-IN-ENGLAND/192894886343?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D5138807d93214c81b501ad6dc2ac876b%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D192894890309%26itm%3D192894886343&_trksid=p2349624.c100930.m5375
  4. Tom here from the US, just got into this hobby by virtue of a couple of inherited watches. One is an Omega Seamaster Deville, received by my great uncle as an appreciation of 25 yrs service at his job in 1966. I don't think it was worn much by the looks of it. The second is my grandfather's Bulova pocket watch, (50s vintage) a real looker if you ask me, also in excellent condition. And I recently started working for the Smiths Group, (you GB folks may have heard of it) and I found out that the founder was none other than Samuel Smith of Smith Watches. So I think I should get a company watch! I'm looking at some on eBay now, they look like they aren't too expensive for a nice, usable, English made timepiece. I tend to wear them not just stash them in a drawer. Looking forward to sharing in the fun. Cheers all! (pictures coming)
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