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The "Smiths" watches produced by Time Factors are not in any way connected with the "Smiths" watches produced by Smiths Group plc until 1979.

SMITHS 200 metre Automatic Diver - PRS-68

This watch pays homage to a design which wil be instantly recognised by the majority of watch aficionados world-wide. If you are lucky enough to own an original, chances are you rarely wear it for fear of damaging it even though it's your favourite watch. It's surprising that this design first appeared 45 years ago and whilst it may be considered unusual or even "quirky", it looks just as modern today as it did then.

As with all Time Factors homages, there are a few improvements:

  • Water resistance improved to 200 metres.
  • Screw-down crown replaces bayonet locking crown.
  • Sapphire crystal to replace original mineral crystal.
  • Lug spacing increase to 20mm to enable a greater variety of straps to be fitted.
  • Movement uprated to hi-beat (Miyota 9015).
  • Quality stainless steel bracelet with solid end links.

Like all Time Factors watches all of the components used are manufactured specifically for this watch (except for the movement), stock components are not used.

MODEL Smiths 200 metre Automatic Diver PRS-68
CASE
 
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed top with polished sides
Diameter
44.5mm
Lug to lug height
47mm
Thickness
12.4mm to the top of the crystal
Lug spacing
20mm
Anti-magnetic
4,800 A/m
Water resistance
20ATM/200 metres/660 feet
Weight
180 grammes including bracelet, 113 grammes on "waffle" strap
Features
Screw back, screw down crown, Viton case back seals, bi-directional rotating bezel with ball-bearing "click"
DIAL
 
Colour
Black with applied indices and white printed minute track
Luminous
Applied indices and bezel pearl SuperLuminova C3
HANDS
 
Style
Bevelled rectangular, polished steel
Luminous
SuperLuminova C3
CRYSTAL
 
Type
Flat sapphire with bevelled edge and anti-reflective coating on the underside. 32mm x 3.2mm x 1.8mm
MOVEMENT
 
Calibre
Miyota 9015, 24 jewel automatic, 28,800 BPH
BRACELET
Solid link stainless steel with screwed links and solid end links and signed clasp

Supplied in a Peli case with "waffle strap, watch leaflet and 24 months guarantee.

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SMITHS EVEREST- PRS-25

Almost everyone is familiar with the name of one of the watches which was worn by Hillary and Tensing when they reached the summit of Everest in 1953 but fewer people realise that the other watch was a Smiths, as shown in the 1953 advert below.

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Of course, the Smiths of 2011 looks nothing like the Smiths of 1953 but it is a reminder that a British watch accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on that historic climb.

The PRS-25 is the first Time Factors watch to use the new Miyota 9015 automatic movement. Miyota is a division of Citizen, the largest manufacturer of movements in the world and the 9015 has been compared most favourably with the ETA2892-2.

Like all Time Factors watches, the case has been designed and manufactured from scratch; stock cases are not used.

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The hi-dome acrylic crystal is perfectly shaped and 2.5mm thick; the solid stainless steel bracelet tapers from 22mm to 20mm at the clasp and has half links to ensure adjustment for a perfect fit.

MODEL Smiths Everest PRS-25
CASE
 
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed top with polished sides
Diameter
40mm, 44mm including crown
Lug to lug height
49.8mm
Thickness
14.5mm to the top of the hi-dome crystal
Lug spacing
22mm
Anti-magnetic
4,800 A/m
Water resistance
10ATM/100 metres/330 feet
Weight
165 grammes including bracelet
Features
Screw back, screw down crown, drilled lugs
DIAL
 
Colour
Black with white printed minute track
Luminous
Triangle, numbers and indices SuperLuminova C3
HANDS
 
Style
Mercedes hands, polished steel
Luminous
SuperLuminova C3
CRYSTAL
 
Type
Hi-dome acrylic , 34.6mm diameter x 2.5mm thick
MOVEMENT
 
Calibre
Miyota 9015, 24 jewel automatic, 28,800 BPH
BRACELET
Solid link stainless steel with screwed links and solid end links and signed clasp

Supplied in a single-watch travelling case with 24 months guarantee.

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SMITHS RADIO ROOM WATCH - PRS-28

Smiths had an excellent reputation for their clocks, some of which were quite specialised and collectible. This watch is faithful reproduction of the radio room clock pictured below.

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If you're not familiar with the purpose of a radio room clock, the coloured segments each span 3 minutes and show the period during which radio silence is observed to listen for distress calls on the international distress frequencies.

The red segments indicate the listening periods for distress calls made with CW (morse code) and the green segments indicate listening periods for voice calls, usually on frequency 2182 kHz although other frequencies are also used.

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MODEL
Smiths Radio Room PRS-28
CASE
 
Material
316L stainless steel, polished finish
Diameter
40mm
Lug to lug height
48.7mm
Thickness
10.35mm
Lug spacing
20mm
Anti-magnetic
4,800 A/m
Water resistance
5ATM/50 metres/165 feet
Weight
65 grammes including strap
Features
Screw back, crown guards
DIAL
 
Colour
White with coloured segments, black printed numbers
Luminous
None
HANDS
 
Style
Style Poires Stuart , painted black
Luminous
None
CRYSTAL
 
Type
Flat sapphire, 34.5mm diameter x 1.3mm thick
MOVEMENT
 
Calibre
ETA2840/42 automatic, 21,600 BPH, 23 jewels, ETACHOC
STRAP
Fitted with a tan leather strap

Supplied in a single-watch travelling case with 24 months guarantee.

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SMITHS MILITARY

Although only issued for 4 years between 1967 and 1970, the Smiths is probably the best known of all British military watches and until quite recently, one of the more affordable for collectors.

This reintroduction is a completely new watch, built from scratch and incorporating improvements over the original. It is available in both 36mm and 39mm diameter, the 36mm retaining the acrylic crystal and fixed bars for the purists and the 39mm being fitted with a hi-dome (double dome) sapphire crystal and shoulderless springbars with drilled lugs. Both models have a soft iron dial and anti-magnetic cage, giving an anti-magnetic rating of 50,000 A/m (628 Oe). Both versions have also been allocated a NATO Stock Number (NSN).

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MODEL
Smiths Military 36mm PRS-29A
Smiths Military 39mm PRS-29B
CASE
 
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed finish 316L stainless steel, brushed finish
Diameter
36mm 39mm
Lug to lug height
46.5mm 50.9mm
Thickness
11.1mm to the top of the crystal 11.1mm to the top of the crystal
Lug spacing
18mm 20mm
Anti-magnetic
50,000 A/m 50,000 A/m
Water resistance
10ATM/100 metres/330 feet 10 ATM/100 metres/330 feet
Weight
45 grammes (head only) 60 grammes (head only)
Features
Full anti-magnetic cage, screw back, fixed bars Full anti-magnetic cage, screw back, shoulderless springbars with drilled lugs
DIAL
   
Colour
Semi-matte black, white printed numbers Semi-matte black, white printed numbers
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C3 Hour markers Super Luminova C3
HANDS
   
Style
Polished steel frame, luminous fill Polished steel frame, luminous fill
Luminous
Super Luminova C3 Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
   
Type
Domed acrylic, 32.4mm diameter x 1.5mm thick x 4mm high Hi-dome sapphire, 34.5mm diameter x 1.5mm thick x 3.7mm high, A/R coating on underside
MOVEMENT
   
Calibre
ETA2801-2/2804 standard, 17 jewels, Incabloc, hacking seconds and hand-winding
ETA2801-2/2804 standard, 17 jewels, Incabloc, hacking seconds and hand-winding
STRAP
Fitted with grey NATO strap plus two clip-on French leather straps in black & brown Fitted with grey NATO strap plus two French leather straps in black & brown
NATO STOCK No
6645-99-515-2365 6645-99-300-1595

Supplied in a single watch travelling case with 24 months guarantee.

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SMITHS BIG DATE

This is the first new "Smiths" watch to be manufactured since 1979 and continues the tradition of making quality watches at an affordable price. It utilises a case design used by many manufacturers over the last 60 years and is variously described as "Deco" or "Bauhaus".

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The Smiths Big Date has been designed to be highly legible and suitable for both casual and formal wear. The full-luminous dial with contrasting black hands ensures that the watch is instantly readable in all lighting conditions. Water resistance to 50 metres means you don't have to worry about getting it wet and the sapphire crystal is highly scratch-resistant. The Swiss quartz movement is reliable and with its big date, there is no more squinting to read the date.

MODEL
SMITHS PRS-27
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, fully polished
Diameter
Available in 34mm and 40mm diameter
Lug to lug height
34mm = 43.5mm - 40mm = 50mm
Thickness 34mm = 8.3mm - 40mm = 8.5mm
Lug spacing 34mm = 16mm - 40mm = 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
50 metres
Weight
34mm = 45 grammes - 40mm = 60 grammes
Features
Screw back
DIAL
Colour
Off-white
Luminous
Full luminous dial, Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Big Date at 6 o'clock position
HANDS
Style
Black rectangular
Luminous
None
CRYSTAL
1.2mm flat sapphire crystal, A/R coating on underside
MOVEMENT
Ronda 509 quartz in 34mm, 519 quartz in 40mm
BATTERY
371 silver oxide
STRAP
Supplied with one black and one red leather strap

MOVEMENT SETTING INSTRUCTIONS

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NOTICE: During the calendar jump phase between 10.00 pm and 00.00 am the date can be changed. In this case the date of the following day needs to be set as there will be no jump at midnight.


Stem position 1

Home position, watch runs


Stem position 2

Quick change of the date ( clockwise), watch runs. The date indication consists of a 2- disc system. On each fi rst day of a new month, the date has to be set by quick change from 31 over 39 to 01. In rare cases, the quick change may be disengaged between 09.30 pm and 00.00 am (without damaging the movement). In this case the date indication can be reactivated by using the regular hand setting mechanism.


Stem position 3

Hand-setting, watch stops. When the stem is pulled out the battery power consumption is reduced by up to 70%.

The PRS-27 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with one red and one black clip-on leather strap. Supplied in a single watch zipper travelling case.

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