SMITHS ‘Imperial’ Cheltenham. Batch No 591


Rare larger sized centre-seconds wristwatch in all stainless-steel case, circa 1961.

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Nicely detailed two-piece 'waterproof and antimagnetic' case with snap-on back and original button. Smiths Cal: 0104, 19 jewel, shockproof movement. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with ‘chronospan’ balance-spring. Silvered dial with mix of chromed numerals and batons, original matching hands. 34.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original Smiths silk lined black clam-shell box and Guarantee made out to a Mr Pickup in July 1961, having been retailed by Singleton & Co Ltd, Liverpool.

A good example of Smiths model I.203 wristwatch with all stainless-steel case (nearly all Smiths watches just have st-steel backs), first appearing around 1959, a design particularly suited for modern use and one of my favourite models. 

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: Although this model was sold as waterproof, all Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

The original finish to the hands and numerals showing the usual signs of pitting and toning (this example is better than most), otherwise the watch showing just a few signs of use. Fitted with new/old stock black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.