SMITHS ‘Imperial’ Cheltenham. Batch No 593


Larger sized centre-seconds wristwatch in gilt-metal case, in good original condition

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Two-piece gold plated case with snap-on back and original button, circa 1962 . Smiths Cal: 0104, 19 jewel, shockproof movement, as developed by Richard Good and others for Smiths in 1958. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with ‘chronospan’ balance-spring. Silvered dial with a mix of faceted gilt batons (chaplets) and numerals, with matching gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 34.7 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

I do not have records of this exact model, but it is a gold plated version of Smiths model I.203 wristwatch with stainless-steel case, first appearing around 1961. 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.

The original finish to the dial showing little of the usual yellowing and only a few age related marks, the hands looking almost as new and the case showing only minor wear to the plating. Fitted with new brown leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.