Smiths is the new black among watch collectors around the world. This fairly unknown British brand of watches has been rediscovered and has slowly started to appreciate, a trend maybe fuelled by some modern British watch brands such as Henry London etc. that lately have started releasing watches imitating their design.
It is a nice design indeed. Just look at those irresistibly fancy lugs!
Samuel Smith started his business all the way back in 1851, then specialising in clocks and instruments. The advent of the automobile led to a new business opportunity for Mr Smith and then also his son who started to manufacture speedometers. Business was good, and as the company grew it ventured into various markets, one of which was wrist watches.
The pinnacle of Smiths as a watch brand was in 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary not only wore a Rolex Explorer as he reached the summit of Mount Everest, apparently he also wore a Smiths watch!
This particular watch is from the company's higher end offering, the Astral line which has the marking 'Made in England' on the dial below 6 o' clock.
The dial is in original condition with obvious sings of age and a nice metallic texture to it which is difficult to catch on photo but reflects light beautifully.
The crystal is scratch-free and the gold plated case has wear commensurate with age.
The watch is fitted on an elegant genuine lizard strap in very good condition which creates a nice contrast to the aged appearance of the watch itself.
The movement is manual and beats at 18,000 A/h and keeps time within 3 minutes a day.
This watch has aged gracefully and is ready to be worn again.
This watch is very old and while it has passed our testing and does keep time and has a good power reserve, it must be taken into account that it is a vintage watch and its accuracy is not to be compared to modern quartz watches.
This watch comes in a practical travel case and a certificate of authenticity from Arlington watches.