SMITHS EARLY PRODUCTION STEEL AND NICKEL CASED WRISTWATCH
Smiths early production steel and nickel cased wristwatch. An early movement with so called Geneva stripe decoration to the bridges. 33mm case with steel top bezel and case back, and nickel coloured brass centre case with soft chromium plated finish. Ref 13322 case. Numbered 8644, and signed Dennison. Other case parts also with the same serial number. Smooth rimmed balance like the WW2 military issue and it also has the redundant hole for the tension spring. No number visibly marked on the movement although these have various numbers scratched inside the movement possibly referring in some cases to jewel sizes, but not following any logical progression. Featuring the distinctive earlier opaque pallet jewels and plenty of hand finishing. An early production piece. Silver plated dial, plain baton hands, with the upwardly cranked hour hand. Low profile acrylic with a bevelled edge. In working order. These examples appear with their solid strap bars to be re-finished or differently finished military watches, with some discrepancies among the case types and depths and dial affixing methods, they show the disorganised nature of the early civilian watches, probably why Smiths acknowledged that the Deluxe series was the first full production run, in spite of the 12-15 series being in the ads from '48 onwards. Certainly there was a lot of progression and alteration and experimentation in the first year or two. This takes a full size 18mm strap. Why on earth they then later started to use a smaller 16mm as the norm I have no idea.