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1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley
  • 1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley

1960 Smiths Imperial 9ct Gold Wristwatch Bristol Siddeley

Price:

£700.00


Product Description

A rare and highly collectable Smiths Imperial 9 carat (375) gold gents wristwatch in extremely good condition.

The watch has a circular cream face with Arabic numerals at 15 minute intervals. The long second hand has a red arrowhead. The face is also marked Smiths Imperial under the trident brand symbol and SHOCKPROOF. It is very unusual in that it isn’t marked 19 Jewels, as on the majority of the manual version of this watch. The near perfect glass lens is quite domed making it very easy to read the time. The body is made of gold and the reverse screw plate has been engraved with: BRISTOL SIDDELEY E. COOK 1960. The inside of the plate is hallmarked Birmingham with the date stamp for 1960 and the case is made by DENNISON, a maker of high quality watch cases and who made the case for the Smith Imperial worn by Hilary on the conquering of Mount Everest (in 1962 the Smiths Imperial was renamed the Smiths Everest). Prior to the Everest branding, Smiths used “Imperial” to denote their top models. The watch has Smiths’ calibre 104 manual wind movement and is working very well. The elasticated metal strap is made by Maruman Flex. It is finished in heavy gold plate. One of the best examples of quality British made watches, which was given as a token of appreciation by the aeronautical engine firm of Bristol Siddeley.

Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd (BSEL) was a British aero engine manufacturer. The company was formed in 1959 by a merger of Bristol Aero-Engines Limited and Armstrong Siddeley Motors Limited. In 1961 the company was expanded by the purchase of the de Havilland Engine Company and the engine division of Blackburn Aircraft. Bristol Siddeley was purchased by Rolls-Royce Limited in 1966.

Size: 33 mm (1 ¼ inch)
Weight: 69 g

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