SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No C171416


Stylish all-English wristwatch in unusually good and complete original condition.

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3-piece 9ct gold Dennison case with distinctive angled lugs, hallmarked Birmingham 1953. Smiths classic 12.15 movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, as first designed by Robert Lenoir and his team in Cheltenham around 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with raised gilt upright Arabic numerals, original gilt hands. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with its original silk and velvet lined leather box, the top with gold tooled initials which match the presentation engraving on the rear of the watch, the box also containing the original Smiths 15-jewel guarantee made out to a C M MacFadyen, Perth.

A very fine example of Smiths model A.501 first shown in their 1953 catalogue, page 55.

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 with, wherever possible, original (as here) rather than refinished dials.

The still crisp engraving on the rear of the case showing that this watch has been hardly worn, and the dial has also survived in lovely condition. Fitted with the last of my best quality new/old stock black leather straps that are entirely appropriate for the period, being parallel sided and  not padded. Serviced and guaranteed.