Smiths De Luxe All English 9ct Gold Dress Watch with Arabic Numerals Dated 1963

This Watch

Originally founded in London in 1851 by Samuel Smith, the company first established itself by making automotive dials and cockpit instruments and obtained a Royal warrant in 1907.  A factory was built in Cheltenham at the beginning of the Second World War, and it is from this factory that the majority of vintage Smiths come from.  It was at this time that Smiths’ military involvement began.  They received contracts from the MoD to provide watches, which they made from scratch.  By the end of the War, Smiths consisted of over 20 companies, ranging from motors to aviation, and, of course, clocks and watches.  By the late 1970s, the clock and watch division of the company had broken up.  The most famous Smiths wearer has to be Sir Edmund Hilary, who carried a Smiths watch to the summit of Everest.


Extra Points 

The light patina on this dial ages the watch nicely.  A classic, 1960s design, with all Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds.  All set in a fully hallmarked (assayed in London), 9ct gold case with straight lugs.

 

What we think

We think that Smiths is such an underrated company and they definitely deserve a lot more appreciation.  An all-English made watch that oozes style, what's not to love?


Spec Stuff

Reference : 9832
Movement : Manual Wind
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1963
Case Size : 
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug :

Lugs :
18mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
No
Case Material :
  9ct Gold
Service History :
12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty


Brand : JW Benson
SKU : AWCSMI1963