SMITHS 'Everest' Cheltenham. Batch No 122


Lovely early example of Smiths Everest model wristwatch.

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2-piece 9ct yellow gold case with nicely shaped lugs, hallmarked London 1962, casemaker SCW (Smiths Clock and Watch Division). Smiths classic 12.15 gilt movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring and shockproof mounting on the balance. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Unusual silvered dial with stylish Arabic numerals, original gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

This is Smiths A.501 model which was usually sold as part of their De Luxe range, this being amongst the earliest to be retailed under their Everest name - Smiths Planned Time leaflet of 1962 shows it with the De Luxe name. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary. 

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 original, as here, rather than refinished dials.

Case and dial showing just a few minor marks of use, and with 1963 presentation inscription on the back of the case. Otherwise one of the best of its type I have handled, and unusual bearing the Everest name. With black leather strap. Serviced for its previous owner and working well.