First and Last
A busy day in the workshop today. The first patient is a late 1940s Smiths ICI Sterling Silver presentation watch.
Requiring a full service and a little work on the balance...otherwise this watch is untouched right down to the fancy crown that Smiths favoured.
Interestingly, ICI continued to commission these presentation watches from 1946 until at least 1964.
Having weighed the cases of the 1946 and 1964 versions I can confirm that the silver content HALVED from 1946 to 1964! The don‘t make them like they used to!
From here we moved on to a full renovation to one of the final timepieces made by Smiths in Great Britain, a Smiths Divers WC.4119 watch from the early 1970s.
This one in particular had issues with the hour and minute cogs sticking. Easily diagnosed as when the pallet is removed, the second hand revolves but not the minute and hour hands. Easily fixed with a full service and lubrication.
I LOVE the second hand on this watch. These ‘later‘ Smiths Divers watches are becoming increasingly hard to find.