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Morning,

From the very bottom of Smiths’ bottom drawer comes this Smiths Empire running on their 5j RY movement.

Made at the joint Smiths/Ingersoll/Vickers factory in Ystradgynlais, Wales and designated the Anglo-Celtic Watch Co Ltd who were responsible for Smiths’ cheaper models, marked as “Made in Great Britain” as opposed to “Made in England” shown on their better models.

Opened in 1946 with reportedly significant emphasis placed on staff welfare and healthcare, the Welsh plant employed nearly 1,500 workers at its peak, ultimately closing in 1980 after apparently producing some 30m watches during its 34-year lifetime.

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