New Hands/Old Hands
Hands have changed over the years on many Smiths model. I would just like to share with you the changes to the hands on a pair of A409 watches I came across.
Similar changes were also made to the Smiths Feluxe A453 and doubles many others around 1953.
Quite possibly someone at Smiths decided that if they were going to pursue the ‘expedition’ angle then they needed hands that were a little less elegant hence their VERY short tenure in 1953.
On the left we have a 1953 Smiths Deluxe A409 from 1953. on the right is the same model from 1954.
Note the change in style from the early, dauphine-style hands to the more linear, no nonsense hands of the ‘explorer’ range.