SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No 257339


A very good example of Smiths model A.501 wristwatch.

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Three-piece 9ct gold case with nicely angled lugs, hallmarked Birmingham 1955, casemaker A L Dennison. Smiths classic 12.15 anti-magnetic movement, as first designed by Rene Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) around 1945, with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with timing screws and beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with raised gilt hour numerals, original gilt hands. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good example of Smiths model A.501 as shown in their 1954 catalogue, page 76. 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: This case style is not waterproof and all Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions. Please also be aware that most Smiths wristwatches that survive show all the signs of much use, often with water damage, particularly to the dial. I do not deal in such watches and offer only those examples that have survived in very good or better condition, such as this, with original rather than refinished dials.

In very good original condition, the engraved dedication on the case back showing that the watch has had  little use. It does however need a new crystal as this one is scratched. Fitted with near contemporary new/old stock tan pigskin leather strap. Not cleaned by me but winding and ticking OK. It can be freshly serviced if wanted - likely cost around £150, including new 'ub'