SMITHS ‘Astral’ Cheltenham. Batch No 112


All English made centre-seconds watch in good original condition.

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Two-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked London 1962, sponsors mark SCW (Smiths Clocks & Watch Division). Cal: 27.CS 17-jewel shockproof movement, developed from the original 12.15 calibre as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team at Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham around 1946. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with heavy horizontal texture, known as a 'shantung' dial by the trade at the time, with a mix of batons and Arabic hour numerals, original gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 31 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A good example of Smiths T.551/S model as advertised in their 1962 'Planned Time' catalogue. Smiths ceased production and stopped fitting their own movements in their Astral, De Luxe, Everest and Imperial models abruptly in 1970. For more information about Smiths see my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting or my website for more information.

Case, dial and movement in good original condition, showing few signs of use, the rear of the case with HATTERSLY (ORMSKIRK) Ltd presentation engraving: to P MOULDS. On new/old stock brown leather strap. Cleaned for its previous owner and working correctly.