SMITHS SECTRIC bakelite cased electric wall clock with 12 inch dial, 1947

The design of this iconic clock dates to the mid-1940s. It was once a familiar sight in schools, hospitals, factories, stations and offices across the UK and Commonwealth.

This is an excellent, early example of the larger and less-common 12 inch dial version. There is a hand-engraved date of May 1947 on the bakelite movement cover, while the movement itself is dated Janaury 1947.

The clock is solidly constructed, with a robust bakelite case, steel dial and brass sight ring. The clock runs on mains electricity and is driven by the reliable 'DeLuxe' synchronous motor. It keeps perfect time because it is synchronized to the frequency of the electricity supply.

The clock has been disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and serviced and sensitively restored as required. The mottled brown bakelite case is in excellent condition with a few marks but no damage. The original glass is clear and unmarked. The screen-printed cream steel dial has survived very well with some fading but no signs of the rust-foxing typical of the steel dials of this age. The numerals and inscriptions show some slight speckled loss but are still clear and fully legible. The rear of the dial and hanging bracket had suffered from surface rust, so this was removed and the bare metal refinished.

The clock is supplied in full working order with instructions on setting up plus guidance on aftercare.

Dial diameter 12 inches (305mm); overall diameter 370mm; depth 90mm. Weight 2.8kg

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