3-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1954, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). 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. Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with raised gilt upright numerals and matching gilt hands, the centre seconds with the usual red tip. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with makers De Luxe Leather covered box and original Certificate, as retailed by the London jewellers James Walker Ltd.
A Lovely and complete example of Smiths A.551 model, as shown on page 76 of their 1954 catalogue. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting. Smiths introduced their 27.CS centre-seconds movements in 1953, this being an early example.
NB: This case style is not waterproof and all Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.
This watch looks to have been hardly worn as well as never having had the usual presentation engraving, being among the best examples of this model I have handled. The Smiths De Luxe box also in lovely original condition as is the guarantee, which has never been filled in. Fitted with best quality brown Hirsch crocodile leather strap. Presently being serviced and accompanied by my usual ‘lifetime’ guarantee.