Roger Smith Receives OBE

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Roger Smith Receives OBE

Postby koimaster » June 13th 2018, 8:43am

This week the yearly list of of the Queen's Birthday Honours was published in the United Kingdom and we spotted a familiar name. Mr. Roger W. Smith, one of the finest watchmakers on planet Earth (and a hell of a nice guy, if I may say so myself) has been made an OBE or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The chivalric title is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a British civilian and it marks a public contribution to society outside of the civil service, which can include contributions in the arts, sciences, sports, or other fields.



Later this year Roger will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for an investiture ceremony, during which he will receive his official medal. We'll be anxiously awaiting updates on his Instagram account.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/roger ... 1cc48dd36b

For a watchmaker to receive an honor like this is an exceptionally rare thing and not something to be taken lightly. Roger's mentor George Daniels was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) back in 2010, but as far as we can tell Roger is now the only living watchmaker to be an OBE for his contributions to watchmaking. Our congratulations go out to Roger on this recognition of his achievements!



If you want to learn more about Roger, I highly recommend you check out The Road Through Britain: Episode 1 and Talking Watches with Roger Smith.



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