SMITHS 'Astral' Cheltenham. Batch No 33


£ 245.00

Stylish all-English centre-seconds wristwatch with rare dial, circa 1963.

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Chromed case with snap-on stainless-steel back. Smiths 27:CS 17-jewel, shockproof movement, developed from the 12.15, as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team around 1945. Club-tooth lever escapement with Beryllium balance-spring. Unusual silvered dial with central arrow motive and pronounced dagger batons, gilt hands. 32.5 mm diameter.

Not shown in the recent book on Smiths wristwatches by Barrie Smith, but a model (T.153) that is occasionally seen. 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.

In very good original condition, case, dial and movement, showing few of the usual signs of wear. On contemporary new/old stock light grey leather strap. Once properly serviced, with a new crystal, it would look even better. Cleaned for its previous owner and appears to be working well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted.