SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. Batch No 72


Rare complete boxed presentation wristwatch from Morris Motors Ltd

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9 ct gold case with rolled gold winding button, the case hallmarked 1962, casemaker SCW (Smiths Clocks & Watches). Smiths classic '12.15' (12 ligne, 15 jewels) gilt movement. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with gilt upright numerals and hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original silk and velvet lined, leather covered De Luxe box.

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 with, wherever possible, original (as here) rather than refinished dials.

A good example of Smiths model A.501 wristwatch, with rare Morris Motors provenance, as presented in their Golden Jubilee Year to R Lawrence for 25 Years Service. The original finish to the dial showing the usual minor signs of age, otherwise showing few signs of use. Box top with some scratches. Fitted with new/old stock black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.