SMITHS melamine cased wall clock, 'tuning fork' movement, 12 inch dial, circa 1975

In the 1960s Smiths replaced bakelite as a case material with another thermosetting plastic - melamine. The combination of a bright white case and dial with bold black Space Age numerals defined the appearance of Smiths utility wall clocks throughout the 1970s. In this case the addition of the subsidiary red 24 hour markers (for use where operations were based on 24 hour timings) completes the classic look.

This is the large, impressive and less common 12 inch dial version. It is further distinguished by its ‘tuning fork’ movement with a smooth-sweeping second hand. This movement, originally developed by Accutron, marked the pinnacle of electro-mechanical timekeeping. Shortly afterwards the first quartz movements appeared and electronic/electromechanical movements were quickly abandoned in favour of the new, cheaper, simpler and more reliable technology.

The clock has been disassembled, cleaned and polished and is supplied in near-mint condition and full working order (it takes a single C type battery). All electronic movements can be regulated and with patience something approaching quartz accuracy can be achieved.

Dial diameter 12 inches (305mm); overall diameter 355mm; depth 65mm. Weight 1.5kg

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