Lot No. 704 (91st Auction)
S. Smith & Son, 9 Strand, London, Makers to the admirality, Movement No. 302-11, Case No. 12197, 57 mm, 170 g, circa 1910

An important, heavy precision pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon - with original mahogany box with mother-of-pearl inlay
Case: 18k gold, tiered, polished, case maker punch mark "AB", glazed movement, turning pendant. Dial: silvered, radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, 36h power reserve indicator, signed, numbered, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, chatoned, engraved barrel: "To H. M. The King of Spain", chain/fusee, Swiss lever escapement, Guillaume gold screw compensation balance with platinum regulation screws, finest mirror-polished tourbillon steel cage of Nielsen type 1.

S. Smith & Son
A leading firm in London for high quality and complicated watches at the turn of the century, S. Smith & Son was founded in 1851 by the jeweller and watchmaker Samuel Smith. In addition to the wide range of watches and clocks for private customers, Smith's also built reliable chronometers which made the firm a supplier to the Admiralty. Under the management of Herbert S.A. Smith the firm developed into a large manufacturing company that had its own research laboratories; in the next generation Sir Alan Herbert Smith extended the company product range further and began with the production of automobile and aircraft instruments. Around this time a period of general decline for British horology began; even so, a few British watchmakers created magnificent, ultra-complicated watches, as if to prove to the world that they were still the best. Some of these watches were made in collaboration with the most renowned Swiss watch companies. Charles Frodsham, Edward John Dent, and Samuel Smith were the London watchmakers best known for this, as well as J. W. Player in Coventry .
Estimate  45,000 - 55,000 €

Price Realised  44,800 €
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