SMITHS, Cheltenham, 'W10' Military watch, No 2365/69


Rare example of this centre-seconds military wristwatch, in its original Stores condition/wrapping.

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Stainless-steel case with fixed lugs and screw back case, movement cap and original button, fully marked: W10/6645-99-961-4045, together with the Broad Arrow and the number 2365/69, the last two digits indicating the date, 1969. Cal: 60466E, 17-jewel, shockproof movement with hacking seconds operated via the button. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Black dial with Broad Arrow mark and T within a circle, denoting the use of Tritium (luminous) on the dial. 35mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with its Ordnance Services cardboard box, label, desiccant and inner and outer wrapping on which are notes relating to its servicing and storage.

A perfect and now increasingly rare example of Smiths model GS.4701 wristwatch. Based on the Astral movement, the watch had to meet exacting specifications and was subjected to exhaustive tests by the Hydrographer of the Royal Navy, chronometer branch, Herstmonceaux, before being accepted for use by Britain’s Armed Forces. NB: One label on the box shows it was in storage in Viersen, a German town just north of Monchengladbach, in July 1986, presumably the last time it was opened and serviced before being sold off by the MOD.

For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting and the recent article by David Read in the March 2017 issue of Antiquarian Horology.

Case back showing it has been opened, otherwise looking to be unused. Because of its wonderful original condition I have not serviced the movement nor opened the case. This can be done if required - my charge for a full and proper service would be around £150. No strap included in its packing, but a new Nato style, military strap is available if wanted - no extra charge. In fine mechanical condition, ticking at the slightest amount of wind.