Silver Dennison case numbered 724436 with ‘DQ’ (Dennison Quality) thief-proof bow, hallmarked Birmingham 1947. Smiths pocket watch sized version of their ‘12.15’ wristwatch caliper, in split three-quarter plate nickel plated form, echoing their early wrist-sized movements of the period. St-line club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Monometallic balance, Beryllium balance-spring. Signed (printed) dial, original blued-steel hands. 51 mm diameter.
Smiths, formerly S Smith & Son, the last manufacturers of English made pocket and wristwatches prior to the work of George Daniels, and all those that have followed.
The Birmingham based firm of A L Dennison, originally set up by Aaron Dennison, one of the founders of the American watch industry, the most important English manufacturer of machine-made watch cases – see also the book Aaron Lufkin Dennison. An Industrial Pioneer and his Legacy by Philip Priestley.
The dome (inner rear cover) with dedication to: T HOLLAND by Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd, one of Smiths main customers supplying both silver pocket and wrist watches as long service presentations to their staff. A good and early example of its type, the printed dial showing the usual age cracking, but no loss. Serviced and guaranteed.