SMITHS for ASPREY, London. Batch No 36


£ 425.00

All-English wristwatch with interesting provenance, as retailed by this most famous Bond St jewellers

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2-piece slimline 9ct gold case hallmarked London 1958, casemaker SCW (Smiths Clocks and Watches). Smiths chamfered 60464E 17-jewel shockproof movement. Club-tooth lever escapement. Monometallic balance with Beryllium balance-spring. Unusual linen textured, light champagne coloured dial with raised gilt batons and original gilt hands, the centre-seconds with red tip. 33.5 mm diameter.

Founded in 1781 by William Asprey, their London base of 165-166 New Bond St, became synonymous with the best jewellery, watches, silverware, luxury goods, etc. In more recent times, due to a change of ownership, their long established and renowned antique watch and clock departments have been sadly closed.

Asprey was one of a number of top London watch retailers supplied by Smiths, examples of which are rarely seen. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on Smiths 'English Wristwatches' in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting. NB: Although originally sold as 'waterproof,' wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

Case back with presentation engraving to J Duffil from FAIREY AVIATION, dated 1965, and otherwise in very good original condition looking to have hardly been worn. On new/old stock brown leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.