SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No C159655


£ 295.00

Good all-English presentation wristwatch from The Marmite Company.

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3-piece 9 ct gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1952, the rear with dedication engraving to J A Brookfield from the MARMITE FOOD EXTRACT Co Ltd, casemaker BWC (British Watch cases). Smiths classic ‘12.15’ (12 ligne, 15 jewels) gilt movement, as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team (not Jaeger) around 1945. Double-roller 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 baton markers, gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good early example of Smiths model A.504 wristwatch, as first shown in Smiths 1953 catalogue, page 55, with rare Marmite provenance - I have not seen another. 

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.

A few signs of age and use, but not at all bad, and on pre-worn but still useable brown leather strap that looks to be of similar age to the watch. Working well, but not serviced by me and priced accordingly.