Stunning original 1960s Smiths diamond mantel clock with a very unusual modern shape, reminiscent of the Art Deco period. The model is “Belvedere” and it was produced only for two year (1961-62) being a quite rare collectors piece (only 227,000 were produced). It works with a wind-up Smiths floating balance movement that was introduced in 1959 (In 1956 Smiths offered clocks with the new “floating balance” movement invented by Hettich in Germany and licensed to Smiths. From 1960 Smiths offered a smaller version to their own design, which was widely used and regulation was easy and precise. The floating balance had advantages over older escapements: It is robust and less sensitive to disturbance, as for example when dusting, or to being out of level. Source: “Smiths Domestic Clocks” by Barrie Smith. Although floating balance mechanisms are notoriously bad time keepers, this one keeps very good time. The clock’s case has a diamond shape and it’s real wood (probably teak) with a stunning patina. The face is black with brass hands and dots instead of numbers. Nice brass ball feet. It is in excellent cosmetic condition and full working order. Overall this is a truly gorgeous and glamorous useful piece ready to enhance any contemporary mid century style shelf or desk.
Dimensions: H 29cm