For sale we have a good example of a 1951 Smiths De Luxe horn lug watch. It is a Dennison chrome case with stainless steel back snap on back. It measures 31mm x 31mm and is a neat design with the horn lugs adding to the case presence and wearability. It has a neat silver sector dial with inset sub-second dial and roman numeral hour markers. Inside is the calibre 12.15 movement which is running well. This is a lovely example of an early 1950s English made Smiths watch, with the charm of the horn lug design and eye-catching roman numeral dial.
The watch comes complete with its rare original Smiths De Luxe box.
The case Dennison case has a beautiful horn lug design which was popular during the period. This means the case measures 39mm in total length which helps make up for its neat 31mm diameter. The chrome plating has wear which is typical for the age of the watch. The crown is original, of Stainless Steel with coin edge and neat dimpled design.
The dial is eyecatching with its clear and balanced design. The contrast of the thick black print, against the silver dial is very clean. There is a satin finish to the centre of the dial, with a chapter ring with a subtly brushed satin finish. The sub-second dial is also inset and has a concentric textured finish. There are clear Roman numerals for the hour markers, with the Signing Smiths De Luxe with the cornet logo. It is also signed Made In England. The thermally blued Baton style hands indicate the time, with the sub-second hand being neat and thermally blued.
The watch is presented on a new genuine leather strap which will fit any wrist size.
The movement is a cal 12.15. It is manually wound, with a jewel count of 15. It is in good condition keeping time to within -40 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 240.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is original and is in good condition for the age. It has a couple of marks but wear little wear.
The hands are original and of Baton style, in good condition. They are thermally blued. The sub-second hand is also original.
The acrylic crystal which is original, in good condition with some light scratching.
The crown is original and is made of Stainless Steel in good condition.
The case is chrome plated and is in average condition. It has light surface scratching and wear to the chrome associated with age.
The Stainless steel snap on back is in good condition. It has linear brushing to the main face and polished outside. It has some light surface scratching associated with ageing.
The watch is on a new genuine leather strap which will fit any wrist size.
The movement is a cal 12.15. It is manually wound, with a jewel count of 15.
The movement is in good condition, although the service history is not known and it has not been serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within -40 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 240 and a beat error of 4.5 m/s.
Case width: 31mm
Case width with crown: 33mm
Case length: 31mm
Case length lug to lug: 39.5mm
Case Depth: 10mm
Lug width: 16mm
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