SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham. No J/C292741


£ 445.00

Stylish all-English centre-seconds wristwatch.

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3-piece 9ct gold case with snap-on back and bezel hallmarked Edinburgh, 1955, sponsor's mark SCW (Smiths Clock & Watch Division). Smiths classic 27.CS, 17 jewel centre-seconds movement, adapted from the 12.15, with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring, as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team in Cheltenham (not Jaeger) around 1945/6. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Two-tone silvered dial with raised gilt batons and matching gilt hands, the centre seconds with the usual red tip. 31.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good example of Smiths model A.552 wristwatch as shown in their 1954 catalogue, page 76. For more information about Smiths 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. 

Rear of case with presentation engraving 'BOLDINGS to W YOULDEN...1956,' otherwise  showing few signs of wear. Many similar Smiths wristwatches have had the engraving removed, along with much of the strength and thickness of the case - I do not do this. The dial is also among the best I have handled. Fitted with new/old stock tan leather open-ended strap, but please note that the case is fitted with spring bars so any modern strap can be used. Serviced for its previous owner last year and working well.