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    1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    I've been looking at these for a while and thanks to some of the people who posted theirs in a different post I have come across this mint example. But it was dear for what is basically a fat upside down pocket watch with a fat magnet stuck on the back! But it is lovely and it will be used in my 1973 Triumph GT6. (all the clocks in the car happen to be made by Smiths and are black as well).

    1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" (dashboard clock),
    manual wind movement,
    brass case painted black,
    magnet/ metal disk attachment on back,
    Made in Great Britain.

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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    I will throw caution to the wind and break the rules here as this thread is about a car dashboard "clock", and also there is nowhere on this site to post this as electric clocks seem to ignored. But anyway here is a 1960's Metamec mantle clock which was given to my parents as a wedding present in 1969. It was used for decades and I remember it as a kid. It was then put away when I was a teenager and then two weeks ago when they were doing a cleanout of the sideboard they came across it again and asked if I wanted it. After around 20 years of sitting in darkness it is now sitting proudly on my mantelpiece in my sitting room keeping silky smooth perfect time!

    1969 Metamec electric clock,
    240/ 230 volts mains electricity,
    Made in England.

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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    I'd like to have that wooden clock.

    I've got two 11 jewel Russian Slava alarm clocks and a Raketa alarm clock that uses a regular 2609HA watch movement.

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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    This is my mantle clock but its a handwind mantle clock.

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    That mantle clock will likely be the most accurate timepiece you will ever own, so long as you never have power disruptions in your neighbourhood. Although to be technical, it is not a time-keeping device so much as a time-displaying device. It is the alternating current cycle that provides the time-keeping, the same as a pendulum, balance-wheel or quartz occilator. And thanks to improvements in power station technology the cycle never drifts the way it sometimes did in the old days. I have a Goblin teasmade that uses the same system.
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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    This is my mantle clock but its a handwind mantle clock.
    Westminster chimes? I never did get the clock I took apart back up and working properly as I couldn't get my head around the chimes side of the mechanism. Sometime I must did it out and sit down for a few hours and work it out.


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    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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    Doesn't this magnet cause problems with the hairspring getting magnetized?
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Doesn't this magnet cause problems with the hairspring getting magnetized?
    Seems not, and trust me its a VERY strong magnet
    I always worry when I wind it, if its affecting my wristwatch!!
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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    Re: 1950's Smiths "Motor Watch" and a 1960's clock!

    I was wondering that myself about the huge magnet!

    Nice clock Horologist! It was your posting that in the other thread that made me decide that I would go out and get one. Do you wind it everyday?

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