SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No J/C168626


Stylish all-English centre-seconds wristwatch in good original condition, circa 1953.

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3-piece pink gold plated (MINGOLD) case with distinctive 'horned' lugs, snap-on stainless-steel back. Smiths classic 27.CS, 17 jewel centre-seconds movement, adapted from the 12.15, with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team in Cheltenham around 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with raised gilt numerals, gilt hands, the centre seconds with the usual red tip. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good example of Smiths model A.351 first shown in their 1953 catalogue, page 53, from the first year Smiths offered their new 27.CS sweep-seconds models.

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.

The plating on the hands and the original '12 micron' plating to the case showing wear, but less than usual. Otherwise a good example of this rather rare model, the dial in particular has survived in lovely condition. With a new/old stock black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.