SMITHS electronic wall clock with 12 inch dial for MoD, dated 1971

This rare and handsome clock was produced by Smiths for the Ministry of Defense in 1971 (the date and military Broad Arrow are just visible on the rear of the dial above the movement housing). It is distinguished by its grey melamine case which, combined with the bright white steel dial and bold Space Age numerals, gives the clock a very businesslike appearance.

It is very unusual because it bears the name Sectric, usually reserved for electric clocks, yet is driven by a transistorised Smiths Sectronic Mark 2 movement. This early battery movement is of complex electro-mechanical construction (predating quartz by around 7 years) and is virtually silent in operation.

The clock has been disassembled, cleaned and polished and is supplied in excellent 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 1.6kg

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