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    Smiths Astrolon

    Got this today with a couple of others SoRs- "needs a new battery" .



    The plating is in very poor condition, but the movement is just fine:



    Anyway, I thought I'd post it as its pretty rare (obscure?). Eeeb says he has one, but can't prove it.

    Anyone who wants more info on the Astrolon see this thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...light=astrolon

    Cheers.
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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    I was watching a Tissot version recently on 'you know where'.......and it actually went for quite reasonable money if I remember rightly?!!

    I've heard allsorts about this mov't aswell, from it was 'really accurate and cheap to make, but before it's time', to that 'it was very unreliable and a poor timekeeper' and that it nearly bankrupt Tissot at the time.....so not sure what to believe??

    You do see a few different branded versions come up from time to time............you got any plans for this one??

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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    ive 4 astrolon watches and theyre all great runners! 2 lancos and 2 tissots

    i blive eeeb has about 10 !

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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    Am I being baited?
    "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: Smiths Astrolon

    Cool acquisition~Cheers!

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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyMonkey View Post
    I've heard allsorts about this mov't aswell, from it was 'really accurate and cheap to make, but before it's time', to that 'it was very unreliable and a poor timekeeper' and that it nearly bankrupt Tissot at the time.....so not sure what to believe??
    I think they were pretty good performers. While the money spent on developing the movement was almost disastrous for Tissot at the time, the technological learning enabled the Swatch watch to be born. See:

    http://www.timezone.com/library/archives/archives0085

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyMonkey View Post
    You do see a few different branded versions come up from time to time............you got any plans for this one??
    If I could get it replated for a few pounds I would. But the costs in the UK are very high - and, frankly, I think its a pretty ugly watch.

    I've got a nice Lanco version already, so this one will stay as it is for a few years at least.
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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    Jeepers, you are not kidding about that being an ugly watch...
    when I clicked on this thread and was confronted with that...
    well.......I'm still recovering lol.

    Interesting nontheless.

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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    Aaagh! Don't tempt me.

    There's a Tissot Actualis available at my watchmaker. It's in rotten condition, and I know I'll regret it, but all that plastic is calling to me.

    Here's my 'plastic-lever' watch; the Q&Q Automatic, assembled in Korea with Japanese parts:







    So far as I know, Premier Precision Ltd is the only other manufacturer besides the Tissot/Agon Astrolon project to make a substantially plastic mechanical watch movement.

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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    That is very nice.
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    Re: Smiths Astrolon

    I was looking around on Watchismo today and by some lark saved this photo of a Tissot plastic watch. Must be kismet. I have zero knowledge of these watches, but its appearance and history sparked my interest. I wish I had something to add to the conversation.
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