Smiths oversized 18 jewel (1953)
The performance of the movement is significantly better than a regular Smiths movement, indeed I believe their 18 jewel movement bears comparison with the top Swiss brands.
The dial is in beautiful condition and unusually there is no dedication inscription on the back, this is unusual as these watches were marketed by Smiths for long service presentation in companies, so when they are found they usually bear this sort of engraving. The watch is paired with a new old stock pigskin strap, which I think harmonises with the tone of the gold wonderfully.
The case is hallmarked for Edinburgh 1953 (date letter ‘x’) and the case was made by British Watch Cases Limited (BWC) in their workshop on the Pentonville Road in north London.
Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 35mm
Case material: 9 carat gold
strap width: 17mm
time keeping: grade A
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