SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No C430007


Good all-English wristwatch, in its original De Luxe box.

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2-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Birmingham 1958, sponsors mark SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division). Smiths classic 12.15 anti-magnetic movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) in Cheltenham around 1946. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with raised gilt numerals, with original blued-steel hands. 31 mm diameter not including button or lugs. Together with makers leather covered silk lined De Luxe box.

A less common Smiths model, similar to their A.501, but unusual for use of 'black' rather than the standard gilt hands - it works well with the polished gilt numerals. 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, as here, with wherever possible original rather than refinished dials.

Case with British Rail Southern Region presentation inscription to F A V Amos, and some ageing to the dial. Otherwise looking to have had little wear, the light engraving on the case back still relatively crisp. With contemporary new/old stock black leather strap. Serviced for its previous owner and working well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted.