This is a rare stainless steel Smiths Everest automatic watch from the mid 1960s. The automatic movement was the height of movement development by Smiths, and in fact, this was the only automatic movement ever produced in the UK. Smiths felt that they could not be left behind as almost all Swiss brands listed automatic movements in their catalogues, even if manual watches were still the biggest sellers.
In the same way that the first Rolex automatic movement used a rotor module atop an existing manual movement, the Smiths 104G placed a rotor module atop their existing 104 movement; the only problem was that Smiths chose to copy the recently introduced Pellaton winding system fitted to IWC’s 85X calibre. Smith’s were sued by IWC and so very few of these watches were ever produced.
As it was their most expensive movement, it was only fitted into their top of the line pieces, and the Everest most certainly was that. It was by far their most expensive watch and mostly seen in Dennison made gold cases, a very few were made in stainless steel cases, and of these even fewer in the screw back cases.
The dial is perfect, with a warm cream colour, applied elongated gilt Arabic numerals for the quarter hours and applied gilt batons for the remainder; neither the slim gilt leaf hands nor the dial have ever had any luminous but the sweep seconds hand has a small red paint diamond near its tip, beautifully matching the word ‘Everest’ on the dial in a matching shade of red. The all-important text ‘Made in England’ is proudly displayed at the bottom of the dial.
The case has a double stepped bezel and although the snap back contains a gasket and the watch is marked waterproof on the case back I would be very hesitant at declaring it to be anywhere near waterproof.
Case & movement are both 95+% whilst the dial is 90%.
Diameter 34.5mm; Lug-to-Lug 42mm; Height 11mm., it takes an 18mm strap and a new black leather one with a steel buckle is fitted.
£2,750.00 (approx. $3,650.00 US)