For sale we have a good example of a desirable and well-designed Stainless-Steel Smiths watch from 1960. The case is well proportioned at 35mm wide with nicely designed lugs. The dial is a clean silver tone with arrow and Arabic numerals, an explorer-esque design. There is a central second hand with red painted tip. Inside is a quality English manual wind calibre 0104, keeping good time. This is the perfect English made tool watch.
The Stainless case is two-piece with snap on case back, which was originally waterproof. The case is circular, with a flat polished finish to the bezel. This falls away to subtly curved case sides. The lugs are sharp and taper along the length, with a facetted edge. The notched outer edge adds a sturdy look and neat angle to the circular case. The crown is well proportioned and easy to operate with a fine coin edge.
The case back snaps into place and is signed Stainless Steel, Waterproof & Antimagnetic. It has the personal engraving: “J.P June 18/60”.
The dial is clear and legible with a silver satin base tone and large hour markers. The Explorer-esque dial has Arabic 9,12,3,6 with facetted arrow hour markers. There are silver applied dot minute markers around the middle of the dial. The Smiths Imperial, 19 jewels shockproof signing is neat and clear.
The hands are original. They are of faceted Dauphine style. They are in good condition and the gold tone shines nicely in the light. The central second hand is also original and has the classic red pointer to the tip.
The movement is in good original condition keeping time to within +25 seconds a day. The calibre 100 base movement was used as the basis for the 25 jewel Smiths Automatic watch with the addition of the automatic winding rotor.
Smiths have become increasing collectable as importance is placed on the English made aspect of the watches, combined with the elegant designs. This is a good example, offering a full Stainless-Steel case and an explorer style dial, in a good case size.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is in good original condition. It has a silver satin base tone. There are some very slight marks around the exterior of the dial, but no marking anywhere else on the dial. The applied hour markers are in good condition with no signs of corrosion, along with the dot minute markers. The signing on the dial is clear and un-marked.
The hands are original and in good condition in a silver tone. The central second hand is also original and has the classic red pointer to the tip. There is some loss of paint to the tip.
The acrylic crystal is a replacement and is in good condition with no marking.
The crown appears to be original and has a neat coin edge finish.
The Stainless-Steel case is in good original condition. There is some corrosion where the case back meets the rear of the case. There is light surface scratching associated with ageing.
The case back is Stainless-Steel and is in good condition. The signing is all clear and unworn. It has the personal engraving: “J.P June 18/60”.
The watch comes on an 18mm black genuine leather strap with is extra-long.
The movement is a Smiths cal 0104 which was one of the finest English made calibres from Smiths manufactured in Cheltenham. It has 19 jewels, as well as shock proofing. It is also signed 592.
The movement is in good condition cosmetically and is running well. It has a daily gain of +25 seconds, with an amplitude of 235 degrees and a beat error of 0.2m/s.
Case width: 35mm
Case width with crown: 36.75mm
Case length: 35mm
Case length lug to lug: 42.5mm
Case Depth: 10mm
Lug width: 18mm
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