Today, I’ve gone all “international” with this 34.55mm Services. Assembled in Leicester, England, driven by a 1j Smiths cal. 512 made in Wales, and with what looks rather like an Antichoc 102 system from France.
Many other national combinations were available with Services watches and no-one could ever have accused Frank Liquorish of insularity!
I hadn't been wearing it much for a couple months due to the movement being a bit finicky. I recently found the time to go through it and improve the situation. Changed a few parts in the setting mechanism, adjusted the hairspring, poised and trued the balance, and trued a couple wheels, along with cleaning everything up again. It's working pretty well now. The movement is similar (though not identical) to the one used in early (1930s) multiforts. Various parts are slightly different in dimensions (wheels, pallet fork, maybe something else). It's *just* enough so that finding spares is a huge pain
1980s Pulsar today with a nice 'Mercedes' hour hand. Highest quality for the mass market. My father-in-law wore it every day to work for many years.
He was an engineer in the quality control section of a large company and would have never touched anything cheaply made or unreliable. He also he had a good feeling for the price-performance-ratio and common sense, concerning necessities and the technical functions on an instrument. For those people, such a Pulsar watch was the inevitable result.
Once a Hamilton company, it is now under the roof of Seiko (which might have had a similar opinion of their products). More than a »poor man's Seiko« for certain.
By the way, Pulsar were the first to come to the market with a fully electronic watch with LED (light emitting diodes = the red numbers) display.
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