SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham, No B6505, for the Pakistan forces


A good and rare example of Smiths immediate post war output, circa 1947.

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Base metal (Cuprel) Dennison case with snap-on back and bezel, the rear with stamped nomenclature: Broad Arrow over P, also with a second Broad Arrow over DPA as well as marked W.T and PP 0711. Smiths pocket watch sized version of their '12.15' wristwatch caliber, in split three-quarter plate form with striped nickel finish. St-line club-tooth lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance, Beryllium non-magnetic balance-spring. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter. 

Smiths, formerly S Smith & Son, the last manufacturers of English made pocket and wristwatches prior to the work of George Daniels, Roger Smith and others. For a short history of their 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.

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 Philip Priestley Aaron Lufkin Dennison. An Industrial Pioneer and his Legacy.

NB: Pakistan achieved its independence in August 1947 following its partition from India. This watch was amongst the first batch of English material purchased for their newly formed military forces.

Some age showing on the case and glass, otherwise a fine example of its type which were not issued with a bow - it is not missing. Not serviced by me but ticking happily when wound.