Stylish all-English wristwatch with black dial, circa 1957.
Gold plated case with snap-on stainless-steel back. Smiths classic 27.CS, 17 jewel centre-seconds movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, adapted from the 12.15, as first designed by Robert Lenoir and his team in Cheltenham around 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Black dial with raised gilt batons and matching gilt hands, the centre seconds with the usual red tip. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with makers red cardboard box.
Smiths model A:358 shown in their 1955 catalogue, page 73.
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 paper covered boxes, used for their plated rather than solid gold models, rarely survive.
The watch has been worn and shows some of the usual loss of plating on the horns, and the crystals with numerous fine scratches - a new u/b would improve it greatly. Fitted with new/old stock brown leather strap. Winding and working well but not serviced by me and priced accordingly.
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