SMITHS Astral 'National 17’ Cheltenham. Batch No 16


Centre-seconds English wristwatch in good original condition

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Slimline 2-piece gold case hallmarked 1965, casemaker SCW (Smiths Clocks and Watches). Smiths Cal:60464E, 17-jewel movement. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Circular brushed silvered dial with a mix of gilt batons and numerals, matching gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good Smiths National 17 model whose name originates from the 'Put on your National Hat' advertising campaign launched at the International Watch and Jewellery Trade Fair at Earls Court in September 1965. This top of the line model, in gold, cost £16/10/- when first marketed.

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, such as this.

Case and movement in very good condition, the dial showing just a few of the usual age related marks. Fitted with new/old stock tan leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.