Condition: Used “PERFECT WORK SLIGHT SCRATCH'' SMITHS EARLY 9CT GOLD HALLMARKED 375 Mechanical Watch 1947/8 (RARE) with Expandable Strap Smiths, a renowned British watchmaker, produced a range of high-quality timepieces in the mid-20th century. This specific model, crafted in 1947/8, stands out due to its rarity, historical significance, and exquisite craftsmanship.

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Product Description

SMITHS EARLY 9CT GOLD HALLMARKED 375 Mechanical Watch 1947/8 (RARE) with Expandable Strap

Smiths, a renowned British watchmaker, produced a range of high-quality timepieces in the mid-20th century. This specific model, crafted in 1947/8, stands out due to its rarity, historical significance, and exquisite craftsmanship. Here’s a detailed overview:

Historical Context and Significance

Era: Post-World War II, around 1947/8, when Britain was rebuilding its economy. Smiths was one of the few companies still producing watches entirely in-house, contributing to the British horological heritage.

Rarity: Smiths watches from this era, especially those in 9-carat gold, are highly collectible due to their limited production and the historical context of post-war manufacturing constraints.

Specifications and Features


Case: Made from 9-carat gold, indicated by the hallmark "375" which signifies 37.5% pure gold. The use of 9-carat gold was common in mid-20th century British watches for its durability and affordability.

Strap: An expandable strap, likely gold-plated or matching the gold case, providing comfort and ease of wear.


Type: Mechanical, manual winding. Smiths was known for its robust and reliable mechanical movements.

Movement: Likely featuring a precise and well-crafted mechanism, consistent with Smiths' reputation for quality.


375: Indicates 9-carat gold.

Smiths Hallmark: Typically includes a maker’s mark, and other hallmarks specific to the region and year of manufacture.


Classic Style: Simple, elegant design typical of the late 1940s, with a focus on functionality and understated beauty.

Dial: Likely features a clean layout with clear numerals or markers, conducive to easy time reading.

Collectibility and Value

Rarity: Given its age, material, and the fact that it's a product of Smiths—a company that had significant contributions to British watchmaking—this watch is considered rare.

Condition: Value is significantly influenced by the watch’s condition. Original parts and minimal wear increase its desirability.

Market Value: Such timepieces can range in value, often commanding higher prices among collectors due to their scarcity and the historical significance of Smiths watches.

Maintenance and Care

Servicing: As a mechanical watch, regular servicing is essential to maintain its functionality. This includes cleaning, lubrication, and parts inspection.

Preservation: Store in a cool, dry place, and avoid exposure to water and magnetic fields to preserve its condition.

Historical Significance of Smiths Watches

Smiths was integral to the revival of British watchmaking post-WWII. The company not only produced civilian watches but also supplied precise timepieces for the British military and aviation, including the instrument clocks used in Spitfire aircraft. The brand's dedication to craftsmanship and innovation helped sustain the British horological industry during a period dominated by Swiss watchmakers.


The SMITHS EARLY 9CT GOLD HALLMARKED 375 Mechanical Watch from 1947/8 is a cherished piece of horological history. Its rarity, coupled with the high quality and distinctive British craftsmanship, makes it a valuable collector's item. The expandable strap adds a unique vintage charm, making it not just a watch, but a piece of history worth preserving.

If you own or are considering acquiring this watch, you possess a significant piece of British horological heritage that offers both aesthetic appeal and a glimpse into post-war craftsmanship.

Smiths Everest
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Mechanical (Manual)
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9K Yellow Gold
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With Papers
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With Original Box/Packaging