The companies making domestic clocks were: Smiths English Clocks Ltd., Smiths Clocks & Watches Ltd.,
The Clocks & Watches division of Smiths Industries and Smiths Industries Clock Company Ltd.

This is not an official Smiths Industries website,
it is an attempt by one person to record some
basic information about Smiths Domestic Clocks
and make this generally available..more

I wish to express my appreciation to Smiths Group plc, who through Mr J. Flint very generously
gave permission for the use of material from their catalogues, advertisemants and publications.

This is a mirror site of the Clock Museum website, which will have more up to date information

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Since I started the Clock Museum I have had three books about clocks published by Pierhead Publications. Brief details are given below. So far as I am concerned this is a strictly non profit making venture, I just want to make the information I have available in some permanent form.

Smith domestic Clocks

Smiths of Cricklewood were one of the most prolific clockmakers of the twentieth century, and there can be few homes that have not contained at least one of the company's products.

Apart from the history of the company and factory photographs, this publication contains a fully indexed picture gallery that will allow collectors, dealers and owners of Smiths clocks to date and name their own clocks and thus add to their knowledge and enjoyment.

The reference Guide contains pictures of over 2150 Smiths Clocks and Timers.

Second Edition

Pub March 2008, A4, Gloss laminated colour card covers, 290 inner pages
ISBN 978-1-904661-05-4

15.00 + 3.00 post in UK, overseas postage extra at cost


Smiths Watches

Smiths were the largest manufacturer of Clocks and Watches in the United Kingdom but no previous attempt appears to have been made to document their watchmaking activities.
During the Second World War (1939-1945) they were the major UK supplier for essential aircraft clocks and instruments and during this period started their watchmaking activities, producing of pocket and wrist watches for the armed forces.

After the war, high quality watches were produced at Cheltenham and low cost watches were made at Ystradgynlais in Wales as a joint venture with Ingersol.

This book provides a mass of interesting detail about these factories and the early history of Smiths, but the main bulk is a bonanza for collectors and consists of reproductions of no less than sixteen Smiths Watch Catalogues with details of over 700 models.

Pub Sept 2009, A4, Gloss laminated colour card covers, 278 inner pages
ISBN 978-1-904661-09-2

15.00 + 3.00 post in UK, overseas postage extra at cost



This is not an all embracing, erudite or encyclopedic book but it does provide answers to most of the questions I get asked on my Clock Museum website.

It includes pictorial records of the various types of movements and cases made by the company. Details of when changes were made provide an aid to dating a clock and there is a chapter on serial numbers.

Many of the extra units added to standard clocks are illustrated as are the many units such as bell controllers made by Synchronome to provide a complete system. I have also been able to include a set of pictures of the rare Double A frame master clock.

Pub March 2010, A4, Gloss laminated colour card covers, 47 inner pages and 100 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-904661-12-2

Price is 15 GBP inclusive of postage to whatever part of the world you live in.

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Picture galleries for All types of Smiths Domestic clocks are in the Smiths Domestic Clocks book

1. Quick Guide Dates, Clocks, Movements.

Barrie's guide, some clues to the approximate date of a Smiths Clock.

2. Origins of Smiths Industries.

How it all started

3. Brief history of Smiths domestic clock production.

4. Information on Astral, Williamson & Smiths.

added 2011

5. Trade names & Trademarks


6. F.A.Q

7. Acknowledgments.