Since I started looking up the Austin 7 I found lots of stuff about this little car. Probably should have started a thread just about the car itself and the man who owned the watch. It would be interesting to find out just how it ended up way out here in the sticks.
About your watch with the Austin inscription:
The car was brought to Australia and had a 16 year complete restoration by it's owner, Grant Cowie. It was raced here and in the UK. It went on the market in 2011. Asking price was $200k. Grant contributed a few times to this thread:
A couple of other photos of the car are here:
It was eventually sold to to a UK buyer, Ian Moore, who seemingly kept it in Australia until at least 2017, and it was also raced in NZ too.
The buyer, Ian Moore, contributed to this piece. His contribution starts about halfway down the page at the sub-heading: The 1931 Works Austin 7 Racing Car owned by Ian Moore from the UK:
The Austin 7, the â€œThe little Friend of the Worldâ€™ The Austin 7 is an economy car that was produced from 1922 until 1939 in the United Kingdom by the Austin Motor Company. It was nicknamed the "Baby Austin" and was at that time one of the most popular cars produced for the British market
An Ian Moore contributed a few times to this now-closed 2016 thread. I assume it's the same fellow, considering his knowledge of supercharged Austin 7s:
That club has a new home:
Here is a 22 minute video. Test driving the 100 year old Austin 7. Imagine driving this bathtub on wheels at speeds in excess of 100mph.
With the original 750cc side-valve engine and a top speed of about 40 mph, Austin 7s are supposed to be frightening. Ultra-quick steering, short wheel-base and poor brakes make them that way. I recently watched a video drive of one. The reviewer's friend had bought one, after owning a vintage high-performance sports car. He said something about why his friend might have bought it – very slow and very frightening. Less likely to die in a mishap.
22 mins, but interesting Austin 7 test drive
I am missing my thread: "Stuff I find in boxes rusting away in my shed"