||Roger W. Smith
||Series 2 // No. 3
||18-carat yellow gold
||black alligator strap from Roger W. Smith
||power reserve, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
||guilloché, display back
This exceptionally rare, hand-made, manual-winding, 18-carat yellow gold Roger W. Smith watch is the first Series 2, ever produced, as confirmed by the watchmaker himself (see video below). The watch was completed in October 2006 and was the first of nine watches delivered to clients at the end of 2007. The number on the case-back (No. 3) has no correspondence to the order of production, as clients were simply allowed to chose the numbers engraved. The Series 2 is one of the smallest "production watches" in the world, with fewer than seventy examples created to date.
The round, yellow-gold case measures 38 mm in diameter, excluding the fluted crown. The case has sapphire glass on the front and the back. The case-back is engraved with "SERIES 2" and "No. 3-C", as well as bearing the traditional and maker's own hallmarks. The case has straight lugs with a black alligator strap, supplied by Roger W. Smith. It is debossed with "R. W. SMITH" on the lining, just like the 18-carat yellow-gold tang buckle.
The silver, round dial has an outer chapter of engraved, black minute markers, with a trench separating it from a second chapter of a polished silver circles and black Roman numeral, hour-markers. The centre of the dial occupies yet another, deeper section, with its hand-turned, basket-work pattern. A cartouche at twelve o'clock references "R. W. SMITH" in black engraving. All parts are hand-crafted from beginning to end; including the slender, yellow gold hour and minute hands, tipped with spades.
At ten o'clock is the aperture for the power-reserve indicator, adding yet another level of depth to the dial. This simple, yet eloquent display also has a basket-work guilloché, a white gold hand and an engraved, black up and down chapter, on a polished silverstrip. The white gold hand was a bespoke request from the original owner of the watch.
The large, sub-seconds register is at six o'clock, decorated by a diamond-guilloché pattern and a polished seconds chapter circumnavigating it. Black, engraved dots mark the seconds, centering around a slim, yellow gold seconds' hand, with an elegant a counter-balance at one end.
The beautiful movement is revealed through the sapphire case-back. The frosted finishing on the plate and the clarity of the movement gives it an understated look. Yet, much like the dial, the movement also shows multiple layers of depth. This, together with the dominating three-quarter main plate, shows what makes Roger W. Smith the flag-bearer of British haute-horology. The movement is very-much inspired by the British style of pocket watches of Tompion, Graham and Arnold.
Finally, the watch is equipped with arguably the greatest British contribution to watchmaking; the Co-Axial Escapement, invented by the late George Daniels. Outside of Omega S.A, only Roger W. Smith is allowed to use this escapement. The Series 2 was Roger W. Smith's first incorporation of this fantastic escapement.
Watch our interview with Roger W. Smith, the maker of this unique piece of craftsmanship, where explains the history of this piece.
The current waiting-list for a new Roger W. Smith Series 2 watch exceeds three years. The watch is in mint condition and has excellent mechanical functionality. The watch comes with it's original Linley box and paperwork.
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||original Linley wooden box from Roger W. Smith
||original paperwork from Roger W. Smith
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