SMITHS 'De Luxe,' Cheltenham


Fine all-English made pocket watch of the post-war period, the last of their type until George Daniels.

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9ct gold Dennison case with 'DQ' (Dennison Quality) thief-proof bow, hallmarked Birmingham 1954. Smiths pocket watch sized version of their '12.15' wristwatch caliper, in split three-quarter plate gilded form. St-line club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Monometallic balance, Beryllium balance-spring. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hands. 49 mm diameter. 

Smiths, formerly S Smith & Son, the last manufacturers of English made pocket and wristwatches prior to the work of George Daniels and those that have followed. For a short history of Smiths post-war production (1945-1970), 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 is a rare late example with an enamel rather than the usual printed dial - the enamel dials being far better.

The Birmingham based firm of A L Dennison, originally set up by Aaron Dennison, one of the founders of the American watch industry, the most important English manufacturer of machine-made watch cases  - see the book by the late Philip Priestley Aaron Lufkin Dennison. An Industrial Pioneer and his Legacy copies of which are usually available on this website.

The rear cover with long service dedication to: T J CARTER by BRITISH OXYGEN ENGINEERING Ltd. The best example of its type I have seen, with few signs of use. Cleaned for its previous owner and looks to be working well.