Smiths RAF Aircraft Dashboard Clock - Model Ref: 5ACA - Issued 1957
A Smiths Post War Military Aircraft Cockpit Clock Dated to 1957 With Original Smiths Instrument Reference Plate and Military Pheon.
Smiths Group has its origins in a jewellery shop, S Smith & Sons, which was founded by the watchmaker and businessman Samuel Smith. Supplying its precision watches to various clients, including the Admiralty, the business quickly grew and expanded into a major provider of timepieces and automotive instrumentation.
Smiths later produced instruments for the expanding aviation industry supplying gauges and instruments for cockpits. Smiths was probably best known at the onset of the second world war as a clockmaker - accounting for 50% of the UK clock market!
What’s On Offer
This Smiths aircraft clock was produced in post-war Britain in 1957 and was more than likely featured in the cockpit of a Vulcan or Hawk Hunter jet. It is fitted with an original Smiths instrument reference plate to the back which denotes code 5 ACA and its reference number as 6A/2089 and its serial number as 24/57. It also boasts the military Pheon, denoting it as the property of the MoD.
The synonymous black military dial is blemish-free and contrasts perfectly with the bold quarter Arabic numbers and outer minute track which have also survived remarkably well. The lumed indices, numerals and hands have aged evenly and taken on a beautiful pumpkin colour which really warms the dial. The elegant cathedral hands and central seconds hand both look well and the dial is completed by a subtle Smiths signature at 6 o'clock. The bezel is fixed and is fitted with a cog that must be pulled out to set the time. Recently serviced by our watchmaker, this clock is running well and keeping good time - it would be great looking desk or dashboard clock for any military enthusiast.
Case: Powder Coated Aluminium
Movement Type: Mechanical
Model Reference: 6A/2089
Date of issue: 1953
Warranty: 12 Months by VWS
Width (without crown): 60.5
Lug height: (lug to lug)