SMITHS 'Astral' Cheltenham. Batch No 121


One of the very last all-English wristwatches made by Smiths, with Smiths provenance.

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Two-piece 9ct gold 'slimline' case hallmarked London 1970. casemaker SCW (Smith Clocks & Watches). Smiths Cal: 60466E, military spec, 17-jewel hacking movement, allowing for accurate setting of the seconds hand. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with a mix of dagger-shaped batons and numerals, original gilt hands, the seconds with Smiths usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

I do not have a Smiths catalogue that shows this model with its stylish dial, it being one of the rarer designs from the period just before Smiths shut down production of all their best quality wristwatches in 1970. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting.

NB: All Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions. Please also be aware that most Smiths wristwatches that survive show all the signs of much use, often with water damage, particularly to the dial. I do not deal in such watches and offer only those examples that have survived in very good or better condition with, wherever possible, original rather than refinished dials.

Lovely original condition, showing almost no signs of wear, the rear with presentation from Smiths Industries to G E C Stone...October 1973. On new/old black leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.