SMITHS Industries Ltd ‘Empire’ Ystradgynlais


Small travelling clock, using a watch movement, c.1960 - an unusual survival.

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Maroon plastic (not bakelite) case with folding front covers with winding and setting from the rear. Smiths pin-pallet watch movement made in their factory at Ystradgynlais in Wales. Matching dial centre with luminous tips to the hands and 5-minute dots, with MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN at the bottom. 2.5 x 2.5 x 1 inches

Smiths Industries Limited, formerly S Smith & Son, the last manufacturers of English made pocket and wristwatches prior to the work of George Daniels, Roger Smith and others. This cheaper Empire model of clock, like their Empire wristwatches, uses a watch movement made at the Anglo Celtic (Gurnos Works) factory they shared with Ingersoll at Ystradgynlais in Wales.

Case showing slight scratches and some wear (these may polish out), otherwise in good original condition. Winding and ticking when wound but I have no idea when it was last serviced, so no guarantee regards running - a cheap and unusual piece of post-war British nostalgia.