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IMPERIAL

 
IMPERIAL IS ANOTHER NAME INHERITED FROM H.WILLIAMSON. THESE ARE FOUND IN 19 JEWEL MAUNAL AND 25 JEWEL AUTOMATIC VERSIONS. THESE MOVEMENTS REPRESENTED A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO OVERCOME THE APPARENT WEAKNESSES AND INFLEXIBILITY IN THE 12-15 BASED RANGE OF PREDECESSORS. IN 1958/89 THE AUTOMATIC VERSION WAS CREATED TO BE ABLE TO BE SUPERIMPOSED ON THE BASIC MANUAL 19 JEWELLED STRUCTURE,THIS LEAD TO A VERY EXPENSIVE WATCH THAT COULDN'T COMPETE WITH THE SWISS MASS PRODUCED SELF-WINDING WATCHES LET ALONE THE ULTRA RELIABLE SEIKOSHA PRODUCTS. LOW PRODUCTION NUMBERS AND DIFFICULTY IN SERVICING HAVE MEANT THAT THIS AUTOMATIC WATCH IS NOW PROBABLY THE MOST COLLECTABLE OF THE AVAILABLE SMITHS WATCHES.