SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. Batch No 103


£ 425.00

All-English centre-seconds wristwatch with rare dial and hands.

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2-piece 9ct gold case with snap-on back hallmarked London 1962, sponsor's mark SCW (Smiths Clock and Watch Division). Smiths 27.CS 17 jewel shockproof movement. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Circular silvered dial with mixture of batons and upright Arabic numerals, with luminous dots and matching gilt hands with luminous infill, including the tip of the centre-seconds. 32 mm diameter. Together with its original silk and velvet lined De Luxe leather box.

A most unusual Smiths model which does not feature in any of their catalogues known to me, nor the book by Barrie Smith, but I have seen it on other EMI presentation examples. 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 original rather than refinished dials.

Case back with EMI presentation engraving: to W S Lambert, dated 1964. Otherwise in good original condition showing just a few signs of wear. On contemporary new/old stock brown "goat skin" leather strap that is entirely appropriate for the period, being parallel sided and not padded. Serviced for its previous owner and working well.