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    That's very nice Jon.
    Just so clear and legible.
    I especially like how you bought it in 7 days time and had it teleported back in time!
    Eddie has appropriately mastered the 4th dimension.
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    Looks very smart.

    As I've said before, it doesn't really work for me - but then I've never really been one for re-makes / re-issues / homages / new watches based on old models / whatever people are calling these things, Eddie's watches, the MK IIs, et al. I can see the attraction, but for £390 I'd buy an original, I think. I've also said before that I don't think that the up-scaling has worked. It looks less "bezel-heavy" than the original drawings, which is a good thing.

    My manual, hacking Smiths W10 (36mm) was a joy to wear. It remains the only watch I've ever sold and I would take it back in a heartbeat. Luckily, it went to an excellent home (Herr Stampe's Sanctuary for Military Watches). They look best (in my humble opinion) on a worn grey NATA with the appropriate patina on the fittings. The buckle on the original flared slightly, if I remember rightly, but it doesn't look like the modern one does.

    Congrats on the purchase. I hope your move into mil watches isn't a temporary one... there are of plenty of others with which we can tempt you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmurgie View Post
    Point me in the direction of an original for £390 if you'd be so kind... that said I don't think they came in 39mm did they so it wouldn't feel the same to me, probably too small TBH.

    I agree in part about the up-scaling... I'll be sorting out a pass around for the 36mm version so will at least get a chance to compare the sizes, though I guess there may be a few similar watches to this at our local meet on Thursday.

    For me though, right now it's ideal as I've tried but not got into anything of vintage age, be it diver or military
    Sorry mate, didn't mean to be negative.

    I sold my 1970 W10 for about that sum last year, and felt guilty, to be honest. I think I bought at the peak and sold to a generous buyer. £390 seems a lot for a re-issue. i appreciate it *probably* has a better movement (if you think that the gilded 17 jewel manual Smiths movement was as cheap as some suggest).

    Re the size, you're spot on. You'll probably find the 36mm far too small. But try the original and I guarantee that something will take over. Well. I hope it will!

    Would love to join you on Thursday, but last train back to town is 2200 from Parkway. Hardly time to have a pint!

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    It's a nice watch...! I have owned a shed load of watches like it... based on the Brit, American and err German military specs.... they don't do it for me but it is still a nice watch...

    Bring it on Thursday it would be nice to see it...?

    BTW Last 3 W10s went on Ebay for... £286 - £330 and £304 respectively..

    This one was the £304

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmurgie View Post
    No worries, I didn't take your comments as that negative and I hope you didn't think I was challenging you to prove it about the cost of an original.

    There are a few things that the 39mm have over an original that justify the cost, the largest of which is the double domed sapphire crystal. It's gorgeous, again completely NOT like the original but then the 39mm was made to satisfy modern tastes rather than just make a bigger version.

    The 36mm with fixed bars and acrylic crystal is clearly more appealing to those looking for a "new" watch like the original, and at a much more attractive price of £280. I'll be getting my hands on one of those in a week or so, so I'll post up some pics and thoughts on that too
    Cheers.

    Fantastic photos by the way, and sorry for not mentioning it earlier!

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    Great post Jon, excellent photos as ever.

    I really get the idea of this re-creation, possibly even in preference to the original at the same price point. I see it in terms of the Watchco SM300s, a classic-looking piece with modern credentials of waterproofing, ding resistance (double-domed sapphire), Lume and so forth.

    You can wear what for all the world looks like a classic piece, and do whatever whilst doing so, safe in the knowledge that it'll be fine, whereas a genuine piece warrants a bit more care and attention.

    However, the hands seem a little off to me, which I know is not an original comment. I would love to have a good gander at this at the GTG tomorrow before I finally offer any more opinions though.

    I will say that I am not sure the "chronissimo" clone strap will suit it at all though. Too much detailing, padding, shapes and stitching to work, I would guess.

    Any chance of a photo to see whether I am right Jon??

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    Did you pay extra for the serial number, Jon, or were you just lucky?

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