Two-piece 9ct gold case case hallmarked Birmingham 1958, casemaker ALD (Dennison), the rear with dedication to a Smiths Motor Accessories Ltd employee J Butler. Smiths Cal: 0104, 19 jewel, shockproof movement. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with ‘chronospan’ balance-spring. Two-tone silvered dial with a mixture of gilded Arabic numerals and batons, original matching gilt hands. 33 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original red velvet and silk lined Smiths Imperial box and folding certificate/guarantee.
An almost perfect example of Smiths model I.507 wristwatch, a particularly stylish design developed especially by Smiths for their new Imperial models – they were introduced in 1958. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting. NB: All Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.
The original finish to the dial showing almost no signs of the usual pitting and overall this watch is in much better condition than normally found with only light wear showing on the original plated button. The red Smiths Imperial box also in lovely original condition as is the guarantee, which has never been filled in. So good is it that I have kept this watch for myself, and worn it on only a few special occasions. Now, as I continue to de-stock, it is time for it to pass on to a new owner.
I believe this is the finest example ever offered for sale of this I.507 model. The watch has also been fitted with my last best quality new/old stock black ‘real lizard, natural grain’ strap. Serviced some years ago and working well but can be freshly serviced if wanted (cost around £200), accompanied by my usual guarantee.