SMITHS 12.15 Watches


£ 25.00

Bred in the Bone. That tradition of British craftsmanship...1951

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Fine half page two-colour advert utilising the work of Thomas Mudge and his invention of the detached lever escapement, as used in all the watches made by Smiths. From the Illustrated London News 14 July 1951. Page size 36 x 25 cm (14.5 x 10 ins).

Smiths introduced the 'De Luxe' name for these watches in 1952

NB: Smiths earliest (12 ligne, 15 jewels) wristwatches are known in gold cases bearing Birmingham hallmarks for 1946 (covering the period July '46 to June '47 in Birmingham) but none in cases from 1945 or before. My records show that these '46 cases contain pre-prefix, A- and B-prefix movements and some very early C-prefix examples. This suggests that Smiths ironed out production difficulties during the immediate postwar year of '46 and it was only when they felt that everything was under control that they were cased and advertised for sale, with the mix of early serial numbered examples all being part of this earliest commercial venture. Design and prototype production had begun prior to 1945, but this had been aimed at military, not civilian use.

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.

In fine condition, just minor rust stains from the staples on the left hand edge. Ideal for framing.