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A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby koimaster » October 3rd 2017, 12:01pm

Interview with Watch(Smiths) James Merrens

It’s 1953. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, is about to be crowned (she’s already launched the new royal yacht Britannia earlier in the year). Sugar and sweet rationing comes to a sticky-fingered end. And Edmund Hillary is about to conquer Everest along with his Smiths De Luxe wristwatch.

There’s enough controversy about which watch Hillary actually wore (rather than carried) to the summit to keep watch historians and the rumor mills busy for years. But there’s little doubt that Hillary took a Smiths with him on his defining expedition. After all, the watch featured in several ad campaigns after he’d made his successful ascent.

Smiths was a giant of British watch and instrument manufacture. They’d been watchmakers to the Admiralty, made speedometers and gauges for cars, aircraft (even the de Havilland Comet) and motorcycles. For a while, in the early twentieth century, they even made carburetors. They had a watch workshop in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire producing high-quality watches. And in the West Oxfordshire town of Witney, Smiths was a significant-enough local employer to build its own housing estate to provide accommodation for its workers, just a few yards from what was the Witney Aerodrome. Clearly more interested in engineering than being poetic, they christened it “Smiths Estate,” a name it still bears.


But what of Smiths today? The original watchmaking arm of Smiths has been largely defunct since about 1979 or 1980 (though the rights to the name have been purchased by Eddie Platts of Timefactors, who sells Smiths-branded watches through his online store). Those that remain of this bygone era, however, have been kept ticking by a loyal band of enthusiasts. One of these is James Merrens, the owner of the website SmithsWatches. https://www.smithswatches.com/


http://wornandwound.com/thoroughly-brit ... s-merrens/
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby conjurer » October 3rd 2017, 7:41pm

Assuming that rancid fucking shit fucking watches dripping with fucking smegma and drool and that don't fucking fit and look like fucking shit are popular in the UK, then yes, I suppose Smiths watches could be a thoroughly British Obsession. So are videos of big fat girls taking shits on top of guys wearing monocles and spats and nothing else--wait, that's the krauts. Never mind. Carry on!
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby biglove » October 3rd 2017, 10:44pm

conjurer wrote:Assuming that rancid fucking shit fucking watches dripping with fucking smegma and drool and that don't fucking fit and look like fucking shit are popular in the UK, then yes, I suppose Smiths watches could be a thoroughly British Obsession. So are videos of big fat girls taking shits on top of guys wearing monocles and spats and nothing else--wait, that's the krauts. Never mind. Carry on!


You sure that wasn’t some Japanese videos? Sounds like Tub Girl freak to me?
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby conjurer » October 3rd 2017, 10:54pm

biglove wrote:
conjurer wrote:Assuming that rancid fucking shit fucking watches dripping with fucking smegma and drool and that don't fucking fit and look like fucking shit are popular in the UK, then yes, I suppose Smiths watches could be a thoroughly British Obsession. So are videos of big fat girls taking shits on top of guys wearing monocles and spats and nothing else--wait, that's the krauts. Never mind. Carry on!


You sure that wasn’t some Japanese videos? Sounds like Tub Girl freak to me?


It may well have been; apart from my very pronounced yeller fever, I generally admire the Japanese society and culture, as I do the Germans. This certainly doesn't mean that both societies are batshit crazy with their sexual peccadilloes.
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby Pubbie » October 4th 2017, 1:14am

conjurer wrote:Assuming that rancid fucking shit fucking watches dripping with fucking smegma and drool and that don't fucking fit and look like fucking shit are popular in the UK, then yes, I suppose Smiths watches could be a thoroughly British Obsession. So are videos of big fat girls taking shits on top of guys wearing monocles and spats and nothing else--wait, that's the krauts. Never mind. Carry on!

Small, crap watches with someone else's shit, puke, piss and wankstain on them have become v popular in the last 10 years since rich men starting losing places to put their cash. Now an issued watch gets passed around by a chain of identical Walter Mitty types, each one stuffing an extra few hundred up its snatch like a well-fucked whore!
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby Falstaff » October 4th 2017, 6:23am

Where are the good old days of rum, sodomy and the lash?
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby relaxer7 » October 4th 2017, 6:45am

This place gets more mental by the day :lol:
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Re: A Thoroughly British Obsession

Postby koimaster » October 4th 2017, 9:08am

biglove wrote:
conjurer wrote:Assuming that rancid fucking shit fucking watches dripping with fucking smegma and drool and that don't fucking fit and look like fucking shit are popular in the UK, then yes, I suppose Smiths watches could be a thoroughly British Obsession. So are videos of big fat girls taking shits on top of guys wearing monocles and spats and nothing else--wait, that's the krauts. Never mind. Carry on!


You sure that wasn’t some Japanese videos? Sounds like Tub Girl freak to me?


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