SMITHS ‘De Luxe’ Cheltenham. Batch No 36


All English made gold watch in fine condition, with rare Smiths calibre.

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Two-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked London 1964, sponsors mark SCW (Smiths Clocks & Watch Division). Smiths Cal:50461E movement, a development of their classic 12.15 calibre (12 ligne, 15 jewels) as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team at Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham around 1946, now uprated to be SHOCKPROOF, as noted on the dial. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with marked horizontal texture, known as 'shantung' in the trade at the time, with a mix of batons and Arabic hour numerals, original gilt hands. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

I do not have a catalogue that shows this exact De Luxe model but it is similar to Smiths T.507/S Astral model as advertised in their 1962 'Planned Time' catalogue. For more information about Smiths see my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting or my website for more information.

Case, dial and movement in good original condition, showing few signs of age, the plain rear of the case without any previous engraving. On new/old stock black leather strap. Cleaned for its previous owner and looks to be working correctly - it can be freshly serviced if required.