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  1. This is a new thread to replace my earlier thread that incorrectly refered to an Asprey Zenex. The watch is actually an Asprey with a "Smith Clocks of Cricklewood" movement. It's been in Aspreys for "repair/refurb" for just over six months now so I still don't have a picture (didn't think it'd be anywhere near this long - their watch engineer became sick and had to be replaced - gws soon if you are reading this!). It is almost identical to this watch (17 jewel), down to the the engraving being the same all-bar having my Granddads name instead, and I think 1962 as the date. Forgive my ignorance, but I had never heard of this maker before (Smith, that is). What does anyone know about it or them? This is about my sum of knowledge: http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Smiths_English_Clocks
  2. I have a collection of clocks but have run out of space so I've more recently been interested in pocket watches. My first was from my uncle, a 9ct gold one with Garrard on the dial and moon hands (I suppose given it is a watch we should call them breuget) Then a paircase by the Johnson brothers who worked in Walton on Thames where I grew up, a hunter by Sam Pegler from Blandford ten miles up the road. I have another three for various reasons. (I'm sure more will follow) I'm still learning about watches, I'm still learning about clocks too, but one thing interests me. I often hear people say these small watches are ladies' watches but are they? I'm sure my paircase isn't and all the others are similar in diameter including my Uncles gold watch which is only slightly bigger. Most of my watches are mid 19th century apart from the pair case and all silver apart from my Uncle's.
  3. Hello! I'm new to the forum, and have to admit I'm not too big on watches, but I collect world war 2 militaria and I came across this Leonidas G.S.T.P which i want to find out more about. I already found a topic here about the same type of watch, and read up on the markings so Im familiar with GSTP now, I'm just wondering if there is any way to find out more about the watch's history. Dial: Military markings on the back: Army marking: British broad arrow with G.S.T.P Army serial number: N 5518 Markings inside the watch: Serial Number: 373738 no markings on the movement somebody carved: W. J. 15. 4. 50 into the side of the lid as well (I guess the owner) /the opened pics were taken by the guy i bought it from, i dont have the tools or confidence to open it/ I checked it for 3 days now and it keeps time very well, I only gain a few extra seconds every day. Is there any way to track the history of the watch (which unit, or at least branch received it)? Also if anyone can give any info on these pocket watches and how they ended up in British service I would be grateful :)
  4. Hello, I am new to this site. But I have inherited these two vintage ladies watches and was wondering ifanyone could enlighten me as to their value. I think they are from the 60's and the UNO one is 9ct gold case and strap. The Everite is just 9ct gold case and rolled gold strap. They are both working perfectly. The seconds hand on the UNO is missing so ive ordered a replacement for it. I look forward to hearing any information you may have. Many thanks, Alison
  5. Hello All, I recently bought several CWC G10 watches. I read a brilliant article on here on how to remove the scratches from the crystal. Two of the faces have what appears to be rust on the batons and I would like to remove the crystal but can't quite figure out if I need to get the back off first. I don't have any tools as yet but am keen to have go. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Hiutsuri
  6. Hi all , i had a Smiths Delux wristwatch movement for years in a draw just sitting there & someone gave me a case for one. I had to put a huge crown on it because of the huge pendant tube, which took me an age to find one , put an awfully big strap on it & low & behold it does`nt look too bad. Does any one have the smiths wrist watch book on smiths , by it think it Erick smith , as i`m looking to find a photo or references to a smiths Paratrooper watch, that i also own. Any one got any interesting smiths out there, not the militay stuff , just good old fashioned Smiths watches..
  7. Hi! I have these pocket watch.repeater works perfectly! tell me please! what approximately production time? and what their market cost? yours faithfully
  8. I have a pocketwatch in my family which I'm trying to identify. I believe it could have been made by my great grandfather (Thomas Horton) who was listed as a watchmaker in Coventry in the censuses 1861-1901. The pocketwatch has a Chester assay mark with date letter P which I think is 1898, and makers mark WJS on the case which I am told could be William Joseph Spencer, but I don't know if that's correct. The movement has no makers mark, just the number 23253. It has the word COVENTRY on it. Can I find out who made the case, the movement, and which watch making company Thomas Horton may have worked for? If so how?
  9. Hello all , i picked up a sort of ships clock up earlier this year ,Chromed case but no back that you could screw it to a wall or anything,i guess it would have been made to be sunk in to a wall or something. it was smashed up inside & basically an unwanted box of bits, but i`d thought i would take a chance & see if it was repairable. It turns out it is a Smiths Asral clock movement. I have to say i could understand why no one else has bought it, almost every wheel was bent & buckled , where someone had dropped it from a hight, even the case was bent & buckled . The dial had pulled away from the 4 pegs holding it on & to get every thing lined up was a bit like doing a jigsaw & manged to get it back togeather ok. i retouched the missing lines up on the dial , had to be a bit carefull as the paint on the face is a bit thin,i used one of those cd pens, that seam to write on everything.. I have managed to get the clock going & every thing seams to be running straight now, cleaned service & is ticking nicely beside me. The glass was a a shocker, because it was so thick it cost me £25.00 to have it cut & polished because of the polished edges.. I had to make up a stand for it so that i could use it some how , in the end i came up with this , which im a bit pround of for my second attempt. I`m hoping someone out there will be able to shed a little light as to where it was originally used. Cheers. Here are the pictures of the stand & clock, please email me if you have any ideas about where it might have been used.. When i made the stand i got some aluminum wire just to finish it off & a plate just to add a bit of detail.
  10. Hi there. I found this weird looking clock movement at my local carboot sale, i purchased it out of pure curiosity really, does anyone know what it is please? I thought it being maybe a pigeon clock movement but im really not sure? Any help would be appreciated.
  11. Hi, Looking for some thoughts on the pros and cons of vintage vs brand new. Obviously everyone will have their own view, just looking for some hints and tips before I take the plunge for a new watch. Looking to send between 500/700 GBP. Looking for an automatic, reasonably smart dress watch. My thoughts on buying new are - should work perfectly, guarantee of purchase, wide selection (but unable to afford the premium brands), For vintage my main concern would be condition. Would it need serviced? How accurate will the time keeping be? But the plus points being able to (maybe) buy a classic timepiece with a good history. Any hints and tips would be appreciated. Also websites that specialise in vintage watches. Thanks Kevin
  12. My Beautiful new Garrard 9ct dress watch, this has an E.T.A hand wound movement and is in mint condition, not even a scratch on the glass. £150 ... what does everyone think? any one have an idea on age on this style?
  13. Hi I am looking at Robert Loomes website and they have a watch called "Robin" Does anyone have any experience of them? Quality/Finish/service etc Hope you can help Gary
  14. Hi I am looking at Robert Loomes website and they have a watch called "Robin" Does anyone have any experience of them? They are an all English watchmaker. Quality/Finish/service etc Hope you can help Gary
  15. Hi I am trying to get more information on the pocket watch pictured. Its been passed down several generations at this stage and it would be nice to have some information on it. Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks, Alan
  16. I have been given a 18ct gold pocket watch stamped JW and the reg number 713055 18ct gold.The watch is also stamped 15 jewels, 2 ajusts,swiss made. The watch is a half hunter and the dimensions of the watch are diameter=45mm thickness=6mm. I have no idea as to the value of the watch or its age as the assay marks are not clear.If anyone can give me any information I would be very grateful. regards Harry
  17. During the Christmas break, my mother showed me an old pocket watch that's been passed through the family. As I don't know much about pocket watches, I did a little research online to find out something about the watch. Much of the information I found turns out to be on this forum (as expected), so I'm hopeful that the forum can also help fill the gaps in my findings. To start with: a photo. JWBenson02small by wotsch, on Flickr It's a half-hunter gold watch case, and I've seen plenty of similar gold- and silver-cased examples online – for example: here and here. There's no engraving on the case back nor on the inner case back: JWBenson03small by wotsch, on Flickr JWBenson07small by wotsch, on Flickr Opening the front of the watch, we find an enamelled dial with roman numerals, signed “J. W. Benson London†JWBenson04small by wotsch, on Flickr Seems to be nothing particularly unusual here as I've seen plenty of examples of this dial on the net. I found some good information about J. W. Benson here, which I found via this post on the forum. This information is repeated in various places (e.g. here), so I'm not sure which is the original source and which sources have just copy-pasted the text without reference to the original. (continued next post...)
  18. Have you guys seen this new Instagram User @dailywatch? Pretty awesome gallery: http://instagram.com/dailywatch Found my next watch there! I think you would like it :)
  19. Hello, I am a new member to the forum, I mainly collect watches but I was given this pocket watch recently when a family menber passed away. Does anybody know anything about the pocket watch, I cant find anything like it on the net. It is missing its winding pin and the loop for securing a chain. It does have the following markings : WEBSTER on the face FSAR on the internals it is stamped 925 silver Any info would be much appreciated.
  20. Speake-Marin vs Cecil Purnell The Tourbillon watch is considered one of the most refined and complex in horology. Invented in 1776 by Breguet, the Tourbillon is rare in that it represented a technological advance that was also ascetically pleasing. Most modern Tourbillon watches have a partially transparent skeleton, allowing the viewer to see the complex inner workings. These comprise hundreds of components and dozens of precious stones. Like their predecessors, most modern Tourbillons are wound by hand, making them incredibly attractive to collectors who want to connect with the rich history of watchmaking. As with all luxury items, there are good Tourbillons, and there are great Tourbillons. What is the difference? Often this question doesn’t have a simple answer, but in the world of Tourbillon it does: dedication, creativity and independence. It is best to elaborate on this by looking at two examples of high-end Tourbillons; Speake-Marin and Cecil Purnell. Both are highly-respected and create beautiful Tourbillons, but only one crafts them in a way that takes the movement to new and exciting heights. Peter Speake-Marin is a British watchmaker who started his own atelier in 2000 and made his first Tourbillon in 2006. Cecil Purnell is a Genevan watchmaker founded by Jonathan Purnell and Stephane Valsamides. Their company exclusively creates Tourbillon watches to Haute Horlogerie standards, using 100% Swiss components. Both launched new tourbillons at Baselworld 2012, and these new offerings are what really set them apart. Cecil Purnell launched not just a new calibre, but a spectacular, fully-realised collection. Cecil Purnell’s new executions include the Pit Lane, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiX1FV7vtMA, Rendez-Vous and all based on the V12 and V13 calibres. The pinnacle is the Mirage. Designed for collectors, just one Mirage will be produced in 2012. It is a stunning timepiece with 350 components, and 51 jewels set in a unique crystal case boasting over 3000 man hours. Peter Speake-Martin used Basel 2012 to present his http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFRIe9ruP2M. While it is an impressive watch, the Renaissance doesn’t quite hit the same balance between technical excellence and aesthetics ubiquitous in the new Cecil Purnell collection. At the bottom line, while it maintains the integrity collectors have grown to respect in Speake-Marin, the Renaissance is less adventurous than the V13. Added to this, Cecil Purnell boasts a much more extensive collection that will appeal to a broader audience of collectors. It’s undeniable that both Cecil Purnell and Peter Speake-Marin make very good Tourbillons, but I can’t help feeling that Cecil Purnell's pieces represent a higher level of creative execution and manage to stand out a bit taller. Ultimately, Cecil Purnell have shown that there are ways to can take the Tourbillon out of its traditional context and make it attractive to modern collectors, all the while maintaining a high degree of respect for this treasured movement.
  21. Long time no post, Hi, everyone. I've been lurking on and off for practically 2 years now. Kids mainly, but also because I've been occupying my spare time in my cellar. I found an old TV wall bracket and an unused macbook so hopefully soon I will remain connected even when cellar-dwelling but until then I am doomed to be off-line when in 'the workshop'. Cutting to the chase, the reason I've been so occupied is that I have been busy developing a design and fabricating the prototype for my own watch-case. things have been slow, getting materials, tools, finalising ideas and making custom tools to realise the ideas. Anyway, things are finally coming to fruition and I thought it was time to let you see what I've been up to. I've been a long time fan of monocoque watchcases, a la PloProf, SM1000m etc and wanted to produce my own. Realistically a lathe was the only tool I could initially purchase so the design had to be produced solely by turning. I later got a great deal on a mill, which did not change the design but did make things a lot easier. As well as the aforementioned Omegas, as many know I am a great fan of Accutrons, so as well as the monocoque idea I also took the Apollo as inspiration. Both being products of the '70s and despite the many downsides I am still convinced that the 70s was one of the golden ages of innovation and design. armed with those ideas, this is what I came up with. and with a little help from a pal in 3d . All this happened back in 2007 but the arrival of a second child derailed things a bit. The design remained just that for a couple of years and then I started to gather the materials necessary. Things have been slow but now I am practically finished. more to follow. Andy
  22. Hi, i'm posting for the first time and would like to share my watch with you and try and get some history for it. I am not really interested in it's value because it is a family piece. The watch is a Services watch and has Indian Army written just below it. The dial is paper and it has a small second dial with a sweeping second hand on it. It also has a little "button" on the side below the winder that helps set the time. It has come to me via my Father in Law who has 4 grand / greatgrand fathers who served in the Wars accross Europe, Africa and Asia. I have had it cleaned and had a new "in keeping" strap made for it and am very pleased with the results. I have a picture on Flickr of it but can't seem to upload it.
  23. Hi there everyone, I have been collecting pocket watches and wrist watches now for a while. And just recently been tinkering with them, just simple things like main springs, winding stem and button crowns. I am put of buying a lot of the watches I come across because of the state of the watchcase. Does anyone have any tips to restore wristwatch cases?
  24. Hi everyone, I'm new here so please excuse me if i'm posting this in the wrong place or in the wrong manner. Anyway I was at an auction the other day and I bought a lot of mixed watches and amongst them was this Ingersoll Triumph 5 Jewels vintage watch. I spent hours 'googling' it and trying to do some research but couldn't find anything all the similar. The nearest I could find was the Smith equivalent and a 7 jewel Ingersoll wristwatch. If anyone has any idea what year it might be from or owns a similar watch or in fact any information at all that would be much appreciated! Could it be one of the first wristwatches produced by Ingersoll?
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