SMITHS 'Astral' Cheltenham. Batch No 62


Good all-English wristwatch in original box, circa 1965.

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Chrome plated case with snap-on stainless-steel back. Smiths classic 12.15 as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team around 1945, but now with shock resistant setting for the balance, 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring and other improvements. Club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Monometallic balance with 'Chronospan' temperature compensated balance-spring. Unusual  silvered dial with radial texturing and raised gilt batons with a stylish 12, with matching gilt hands. 32.5 mm diameter.

I do not have a Smiths catalogue that shows this model but the box it came to me in is marked T.105 on one end. 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. Please note that this case design is not waterproof, and all Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from wet and damp conditions.

Case, dial and movement in good original condition showing a few signs of wear to the chrome plating. On new/old stock black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.