SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No J/C222033


All-English centre-seconds wristwatch in lovely complete and original condition.

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3-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1954, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). Smiths classic 27.CS, 17 jewel movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, adapted from the 12.15 as first designed by Rene Lenoir and his team in Cheltenham in 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Two-tone silvered dial with a mix of raised gilt numerals and batons, gilt hands, the centre seconds with the usual red tip. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with its original De Luxe certificate in the maker's silk and velvet lined De Luxe leather box.

A very fine example of Smiths model A.552 first shown in their 1954 catalogue, with box, page 76. This design and its sub-seconds partner (model A.504) are what I consider the classic Smiths 1950's model of De Luxe wristwatch. 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, as here, with original rather than refinished dials.

A lovely watch in almost mint condition and without any previous engraving on the case, only the certificate (not filled in) with a few small stains. On rare extra long new/old stock leather strap for the larger wrist, and of the correct design for the period, parallel sided. stitched and not padded - it can be changed for a standard length strap if wanted. Serviced and guaranteed.