Close search. Starting in London as Samuel Smith in , progressing down the years to becoming S. The factory in Cheltenham that eventually manufactured the high quality timepieces featured here was built at the start of the Second World War. By the time Smiths Aviation Division had become the main priority in the late 's the Clock and watch Division had broken up. From the 's onwards Smiths Industries had successfully moved on into Avionics, Smiths being instrumental in the development of automated aircraft flying and landing controls, and finally in the 's the Aerospace division was extending its reach far into the jet age.
How to date a Smiths pocket watch - Vintage Watches - The Watch Forum
Identifying a vintage pocket watch, with few exceptions, is easy and requires few or no tools. However, some Swiss watchmakers imported unassembled watches with no markings to the U. These watches are difficult, if not impossible, to identify. Examine the top portion of the dial of the vintage pocket watch.
How to Identify Vintage Pocket Watches
The example below uses information from the American Waltham Watch Company, but that is just an example. You should consult the serial number table for the specific brand of watch movement you are trying to date by selecting a company from the menu on the left. Not all vintage watches can be dated using the serial number.
Better still, affordable hoardables don't come more home-grown It is sad to think that the country that once led the world in watchmaking quality, innovation and accuracy now has only one company that makes the entire watch themselves. Once, another Smith gave the Swiss a run for their money, and the rolling Cotswold hills took on the might of the Jura Mountains. The post-war civilian market was tough, and despite introducing new models and movements, fine watchmaking ended in Cheltenham in