DELUXE SMITHS BLACK DIAL GENTS ENGLISH WRISTWATCH C 1955 MODEL A358 2
Deluxe gold plated and steel backed vintage gents wristwatch. An excellent example of the gloss black dial gents wristwatch which is normally with poor dial finish. This is a better than average example with a good movement and dial and hands, and a lightly worn case. The diameter is about 32mm and the case is 3 piece with a steel back and gold plated bezel and centre section. High quality 27 c.s movement with the c number 254523. New zrc croc/alligator grain leather strap fitted. Fully overhauled and keeping excellent time. The movement is deluxe grade specification with polished escapement, and with the distinctive smiths straight one piece click and click spring, and concealed winding, anti-magnetic flat beryllium alloy hairspring and balance with screws. Produced from about 1955 the gold plated version always retained the a 358 model number. Not waterproof, should only be worn as a dress watch. This is fitted with the earlier ordinary balance setting as prior to 1958 not many smiths were shockproof, the high grade ones with 18 jewel movements being one of the exceptions. The earlier 3 piece cased example is superior in case construction and finish to the later shockproof one from c1958/9 onwards.