SMITHS SECTRIC bakelite cased electric wall clock with 10 inch black dial, 1939

This is an exeptionally rare variant of the classic Smiths wall clock, with an unusual white-on-black dial. This must have produced for a special application, although the actual history is unknown. Its rarity is compounded by the uncommon dial size (10 inch) and the pre-war date.

The clock is dated January 1939. The heavy steel dial is in an excellent state of preservation, probably due to the extra protection afforded by the thick black enamel. The numerals appear to have been stencilled or even hand-painted over the black base, with setting-out points visible at the centres of each circle. They are unquestionably original as they show craquelure and yellowing with age, as shown in the close-up photograph. The aluminium hands have also been finished in the same cream enamel.

The clock runs on mains electricity and is driven by the robust and reliable 'Deluxe' synchronous motor, which was the heavy-duty workhorse of the Smiths Sectric stable from the 1930s to the 1950s. It keeps perfect time because it is synchronized to the frequency of the electricity supply. A "tell-tale" window in the dial below the logo displays a special wheel, which indicates when the motor is running

The clock has been fully disassembled and all components have been thoroughly cleaned and polished as appropriate. The motor has been stripped and serviced and is running smoothly and silently. The clock is supplied in excellent condition and full working order with instructions on setting up and regulating plus guidance on aftercare.

Dial diameter 10 inches (254mm); overall diameter 343mm; depth 78mm. Weight 2.2kg

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