SMITHS ‘De Luxe’ Cheltenham. Batch No 66


£ 495.00

All English made gold watch in fine complete and original condition.

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Two-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked London 1965, sponsors mark SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division). Smiths rare Cal:60461E 15-jewel chamfered-edge movement, adapted from the 12.15 calibre as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) around 1945, but now with shock resistant setting for the balance, as announced on the dial, 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring and other improvements. Club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Monometallic balance with 'Chronospan' temperature compensated balance-spring. Silvered dial with marked horizontal texture, known as 'shantung' in the trade at the time, with a mix of batons and Arabic hour numerals, original gilt hands. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original box and certificate

I do not have a catalogue that shows this exact De Luxe model but it is similar to Smiths T.551/S Astral model as advertised in their 1962 'Planned Time' catalogue, and it just shows what a chaotic naming system that Smiths used for their better quality, Bishops Cleeve wristwatches: De Luxe. Astral, Imperial and Everest can all be found on varying calipers and refinements. For more information about Smiths see my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting or my website for more information.

Case back with British Rail presentation engraving to W C Peer (a strange combination of first names by the parents) and the original pigskin strap showing that it has been worn, but hardly. Otherwise box and watch almost as new and the dial in particularly fine crisp original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.