S SMITH & Son, 9 Strand, London. Class 133 - Number 863


Good Swiss made 'STRAND' chronograph with tachymeter scale, circa 1910.

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Swiss silver openface case numbered 117575, sponsor's mark G.D (George Dimier, watch importers, Cannon St), import hallmarked 1913. Three-quarter plate keyless movement with all the chronograph work mounted on the top plate. 'N M' (non magnetic) straight line detached lever escapement with polished steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, Palladium (not tested) balance-spring with overcoil. Fully signed double-sunk enamel dial with 30-minute counter at 12, in perfect condition, original matching gold hands. 51 mm diameter.

Samuel Smith & Sons 'Makers to the Admiralty' London, one of the largest retailers of Swiss and English made precision and technical pocket watches of the period. See the reprint of Smiths Guide to the Purchase of a Watch (3rd Edition), for further information about Smiths and their various chronographs. NB: This watch (without tachymeter scale) is shown on page 67 of Smiths catalogue in which they state "we have had great success with our No 133" and that "these chronographs are supplied to all the principal Electric Lighting Stations." Please also note that many of Smiths more ordinary Swiss watches had their name added to the enamel dial in paint that will wash off if cleaned - the Smiths name and address on this watch is fired into the enamel.

Rear cover with monogram, otherwise in good original conditional, the case and movement showing few signs of use, with its lovely dial and even retaining the original decorated gold hands - most unusual. Cleaned for its previous owner and looks to be working correctly, but can be freshly serviced if wanted.