All-English watch with unusual dial, in almost mint condition.
3-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1954, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases, London). Smiths classic 12.15 gilded anti-magnetic movement as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team around 1945, with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Smiths "guilloche" silvered dial with raised gilt numerals, original gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with its original leather De Luxe box.
A less common Smiths model (A.505) first featured in their 1954 catalogue, page 76. 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.
Case back with presentation inscription from the Home and Colonial Stores to J Mawhinney, otherwise in wonderful original condition looking to have been hardly worn, the checkerboard dial being the best of the few of this rare model I have seen. On good quality new/old stock brown leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.
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