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1950s Smiths Empire 5 Jewels


// Brand: Smiths Empire
// Movement: 5 Jewels – Mechanical, Manual Hand Wound
// Face: Champagne Face, Brushed Detailing, Gold Plated Hands & Markers
// Origin: Made in Great Britain GB UK
// Age: 1950s

// Case Construction: Stainless Steel
// Case Measures: 33mm across (excluding crown)
// Strap Colour: Olive
// Lug Width: 16mm wide

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After the Second World War, when British watch company Ingersoll started a new venture producing watches in South Wales in the 1950s until the end of the 1960s, a special company was born: Smiths Empire. Here we share a beautifully kept military time piece built here in Great Britain in the 1950s, with a crisp, minimal, yet proudly British design placed onto a brand new NATO G10 watch strap in a olive green colourway.

Taking a 5 Jewel movement and placing it behind an ivory coloured face with gold tone numerals, that pop from a timeless silver case in true British manufacturing prowess. Beautifully shaped sword minute and second hands, with a red arrowhead seconds hand. A characterful piece of mechanical history, designed for function and utility, with a natural patina unique to the age and origins of this beautifully understated wrist watch.

Old pre-owned watch, in a lovely condition. The stainless steel case & crystal has recently been refurbished to a wonderful standard, preserving the patina of the watch held inside. Please bare in mind as with all vintage items the watch will show signs of age and wear, but we believe this adds to the character and appeal of a piece of mechanical history to enjoy on the daily. Please take time to view the photographs for reference, or contact for further information and close up images.

Keeping good time for its age, within 1 min approx when tested to 24 Hours, requires movement through natural usage on the wrist to ensure consistent time keeping. Not sure of the watch’s last service, as with all vintage timepieces it might need a service to keep running over it’s long life, I cannot guarantee sustained functionality.

Fitted with a brand new aftermarket Nato G10 strap, inspired by the original British Military of Defence issued watch straps. The Nato G10 straps from inception, were designed to be both functional and fail safe. This strap is constructed from a woven nylon, with heat sealed edges and holes, complete with satin finish stainless steel buckle and hardware.