Good all-English watch with unusual dial, in fine original condition.
2-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked London 1963, casemakers SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division). Smiths classic 12.15 (12 ligne, 15 jewels) gilded shock-proof movement, as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) around 1945, now with chamfered top plate to fit the newer slimmer cases. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Smiths silvered dial with dark anodised numerals, and matching blued-steel hands. 31.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with makers original leather box.
A less common Smiths model, similar to their A.501, but unusual for use of 'black' rather than the standard gilt hands and numerals - it works well. 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 wherever possible original rather than refinished dials.
In good original condition, even retaining what I believe is the original leather strap, the box showing some wear on the outside. The case back with British Railways presentation to A T FLEMING. Serviced for its previous owner (I am told) and looks to be running well.
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