Classic all-English wristwatch with stylish dial.
Two-piece 9 ct gold case, hallmarked 1963, sponsor's mark SCW (Smiths Clocks & Watch Division). Smiths chamfered edge Cal 50461E movement, with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring and shockproof mounting on the balance, a development of the 12.15 model first developed by Rene Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) in Bishops Cleve around 1945/6. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Nicely signed silvered dial with upright Arabic gilt hour numerals and matching gilt hands. 32 mm diameter.
A very good example of Smiths 'Everest' A 501/E model, priced at £19 in their 1964 catalogue, page 1. 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 original rather than refinished dials.
The case without any presentation inscription and in all fine, but not mint, original condition, especially the dial and hands which are much better than usually found. On new new best quality Hirsch tan leather strap and fitted with new glass and new/old stock Smiths button. A lovely watch, serviced and guaranteed.
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