Vintage British watch Smiths
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Antique wristwatch made in the United Kingdom
Vintage Smiths watch
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Smiths Empire


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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. The telltale sign of a Smiths watch is the second hand, which is usually red or with a red diamond on it.

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 is a superb example of a 1950's Smiths Empire watch. It is a simple watch with a a 5 jewel RY movement that beats 18,000 times per hours. 

 The dial is in extremely good condition and has a nice texture to it.

The case is chrome plated brass showing very little signs of use and good lustre.

Typical to its era, it is a mid-sized watch. It measures only 33 mm across but it has long lugs and the domed crystal gives the watch some height.

The watch is serviced and has a new crystal.   

Fitted on a new new brown crocodile embossed genuine leather strap. 

This watch is very old and while it runs and has a good power reserve, it must be taken into account that it is a vintage watch with a simple movement and its accuracy is not to be compared to modern quartz watches.

This watch comes in a practical travel case, certificate of authenticity and one year warranty from Arlington watches.



Type Dress Watch
Gender Men's / Unisex
Country of manufacture Great Britain
Year of manufacture 1950's
Brand Smiths


Features Red sweeping centre seconds

Case Material

Chrome plated brass
Approx. case width excl. crown 33 mm 
Approx. case size lug-to-lug 43 mm
Thickness 13 mm
Lug width 16 mm
Bracelet Brown crocodile embossed genuine leather strap
Condition 9/10



Certificate of Authenticity


1 Year