Rare all-English made automatic wristwatch in good original condition.
3-piece 9ct gold case with snap-on back, sponsor's mark SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division), hallmarked Edinburgh 1963. Smiths ‘Imperial’ Cal: 10144G 25-jewel, shockproof, nickel finished movement. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with gilt hands and matching baton markers and numerals, the c-seconds with Smiths usual red tip. 33 mm diameter. Together with makers red velvet and silk lined clamshell box.
Smiths range of automatics in stainless-steel, gold and gold plated cases was introduced in 1959. Initially named 'Imperial Automatic' (a name that continued to be seen on the movement rotor), this is a good example of one of Smiths most desirable and expensive wristwatches, those in gold cases were initially priced at £50. This is Smiths SW 501/E model, priced at £37/10/- in their 1964 catalogue.
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.
The case showing hardly any of the usual signs of wear and without any presentation engraving but the original finish to the dial with light age toning to the overall lacquer, part of which shows just slight water damage at the edge near 3. The box also showing some slight signs of age. Fitted with new dark tan leather strap (showing only in the main pic) and recently serviced by one of the best Smiths specialists presently working in the UK, plus accompanied by my guarantee of course.
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