Private Label Research Regarding Fred's beautiful Mexican dial. I am pretty sure that A. C. Smith was the fellow in Chicago, formerly a watch company agent in New York, who tried to make a go of Non-Magnetic Watch Co. of America during the 1890's, selling the Swiss movements. That flopped (the 1890's were an economic disaster) and the material was sold out by A. C. Becken. A. C. Smith then moved on to other ventures. There is no faulting his aesthetic sense.