I bagged a job lot on Ebay recently and as expected most of it was pretty ropey .
Amongst the dross I seem to have uncovered a few half decent finds. The first two pieces I`d like some background info on are the following:
ebay listing promised little.
First find -a Smith`s Everest Auto...was lacking a crown but sprung to life when gently shaken and I luckily had a crown that fitted in my spares.
It has run non-stop for some 6 hours but I know little about the brand other than it seems to have a reasonable reputation for quality and was a big British brand for clocks,watches and vehicle instruments as well as other guages for industry I believe.
I could find no way of opening the back to look at the movement -Is it removed through the front after removing the crystal?
I was expecting to see Made in England somewhere but unless it`s hidden by the crystal ring it may have worn off.
Does anyone how any idea of it`s age ? I was guessing late 50`s or 1960`s?
A nice stainless steel case on it but coupled to a badly matched modern steel bracelet.
There seem to be quite a few fans of Smiths on the forum so I`m hoping someone can give me some pointers .
The second nice suprise was an old pocket watch -which again sprang to life upon a gentle wind.
No name on the dial but on turning the watch over I noticed a broad arrow which I recognised as a British military marking but the rest of the reference numbers I know nothing about.
It turns out to be a Waltham which I presume dates from the late 1930`s or the 1940`s.
Just chrome plated case but in nice condition.
The dial is also good and has a circled T in the middle -anyone known if this has a meaning please?
The movement seems a pretty low jewel count but is marked 3 adjustments so does this indicate a fairly decent quality piece?
It`s my first fully working PW so I`m quite pleased with it following a slightly rash buy a few months ago.
Any info on either watch would be welcome.
I think I`ll be keeping the Waltham for a while -the Smiths may have a brief vacation with me before it helps out with paying my local watchmakers service bills.