Roger W. Smith
Series II | white gold
No. 1 / Edition 3
This white gold, 38mm Series 2, represents an early, special chapter in Roger Smith’s watchmaking story. As the #1 of only five Edition 3s ever made, these were designed (in his words) to be "my idea of the perfect Series 2". If not rare enough, it also features one of the first examples of his single wheel, Co-Axial Escapement. You can see Roger introduce the watch here.
To set it in its wider context, this hand-made, white gold Roger W. Smith Series 2 is one of the smallest "production watches" in the world, with fewer than ninety pieces created to date.
The round, white gold case measures 38 mm in diameter, excluding the fluted crown. The case has sapphire glass on the front and back - engraved "SERIES 2" - “EDITION 3” and "No. 01” on the reverse, along with the traditional and maker's own hallmarks. The case has straight lugs and is fitted with a black alligator strap, supplied by Roger W. Smith. It is debossed with "R. W. SMITH" on the lining, matching the white 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 hand-engraved, Roman numerals. 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". All parts are hand-crafted from beginning to end, including the slender, blued steel hour and minute hands, tipped with spades.
At ten o'clock is the aperture for the power-reserve indicator, made from silver, adding yet another level of depth to the dial. This understated, yet intuitive display also has a basket-work guilloché pattern, with an engraved chapter on a polished silver strip and blued up-and-down hand.
The large, sub-seconds register at six o'clock is decorated by a diamond-guilloché pattern, enclosed within a polished seconds chapter. Drilled dots mark the seconds, centring around a slim, flame-blued steel seconds' hand, with an elegant counter-balance at one end.
The traditional movement is revealed through the sapphire case-back. Much like the dial, the movement side is equally impressive. This, together with the dominating three-quarter main plate, shows why Roger W. Smith, OBE has become the flag-bearer for British horology. The movement is very-much inspired by the British style of pocket watches of Tompion, Graham and Arnold. It has understated, English frosted finishings in a combination of warm, golden tones, creating a striking backdrop for the blue screws. A raised barrel bridge and balance cock add a revealing depth to the movement.
Finally, the watch is equipped with arguably the greatest British contribution to watchmaking; the Co-Axial Escapement, invented by the late George Daniels. It features one of the earliest single-wheel versions of the co-axial - the first major development of Daniels’s design by Smith - which had previously been two wheels combined. Despite having further refined the escapement since, this early iteration of Roger’s single wheel version marks a key step in his long-standing journey to carry forward Daniels’s legacy.
"Horology isn’t about standing still and accepting things as they are. It’s about pushing things forward and making small improvements wherever we can."A Collected Man is the exclusively approved seller of pre-owned Roger W. Smith watches. Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment. Given value, please note that this watch is not subject to our returns policy.
|Brand:||Roger W. Smith|
|Model:||Series II - Edition 3|
|Movement:||manual-winding hand-made movement|
|Functions:||time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||hand-made, power reserve indicator, display back, blue steel hands, Roman numerals, guilloché dial|
|Case:||38 mm 18-carat white gold|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||original black strap and white gold tang buckle from Roger W. Smith|
|Box & papers:||
box, letter of authenticity from Roger Smith and service box
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