SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No C2444152


Good all-English presentation wristwatch from Morris Motors Ltd.

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2-piece 9 ct gold case with down-turned lugs, the case hallmarked 1962, sponsor's mark SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division). Smiths classic ‘12.15’ (12 ligne, 15 jewels) gilt movement, as first designed by Rene Lenoir and his team at Cheltenham around 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with gilt upright numerals and matching gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

I believe this is Smiths model A.501, as shown in their 1961 catalogue, page 42, but the dial has an unusual checkerboard texture that I don't remember seeing that often.

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 back with rare Morris Motors provenance, as presented in their Golden Jubilee Year to W H Nadal for 25 Years Service. The original finish to the dial showing the usual minor signs of age and the snap-on back with a slight stress crack, but not affecting its ability to close properly. On new/old stock black leather strap. Winding and ticking OK but not serviced by me and priced according. It can be freshly cleaned if wanted - my cost likely to be around £150 plus parts.