SMITHS ‘Astral’ Cheltenham. Batch No 40


£ 495.00

British Rail presentation wristwatch with military-spec movement, a lovely and complete example.

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Two-piece 9ct gold 'slimline' case hallmarked London 1969, casemaker SCW (Smith Clock & Watch Division). 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 gilt batons and numerals, original gilt hands, the centre-seconds with Smiths usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Complete with its original red velvet lined clamshell case, the original warranty (not filed in), as well as the outer white cardboard box bearing the presentation name.

Smiths model number SC.551 as show on page 11 in their 1968 catalogue. Smiths ceased production and stopped fitting their own movements in their Astral, De Luxe, Imperial and Everest models abruptly 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.

Rear of case with British Rail presentation engraving, to C DURRANS, otherwise case dial and movement in very good original condition, showing very few signs of wear. Fitted with new crystal and contemporary, correct style (parallel sided and not padded) new/old stock brown leather strap. Cleaned, guaranteed and as complete an example of this model as one will ever find.