Designed and made on the Isle of Man
“Following the appearance of the GREAT Britain watch in November 2013, I was inundated with requests to create a time-only wristwatch.”
“The new Series 1 is Roger’s response: A 40mm cased, manually wound wristwatch displaying hours, minutes and seconds.”
Featuring - hours, minutes and seconds
“I designed the original Series 1 in 2001 as a rectangular-cased piece. Although, by now, I had fully mastered the Daniels Method and could make a single unique piece by hand, the idea of taking this into a ‘production’ wristwatch seemed almost insurmountable for me.
I simply didn’t have the resources or, to a certain extent, the confidence, to climb that mountain! I bought in certain components from Switzerland and I was relying on a Lever escapement rather than our later trademark, the Co-axial. It also carried a retrograde date mechanism.
The original Series 1 represents the end of one journey and the start of a new one; it both completed my development as a watchmaker and was the inception of the Roger W Smith studio we have today. As such it is a very important watch in my legacy and I hear that the few Series 1s that are in collectors’ hands today are appreciating rapidly in value.
The new Series 1 is an entirely new beginning. After we presented the GREAT Britain watch in 2013, I was inundated with requests for a time-only piece and the new Series 1 gave me the opportunity to explore this within the round case which is synonymous with our watches today.”