SMITHS 'Astral' Cheltenham. Batch No 62


£ 95.00

Stylish all-English wristwatch with unusual dial, circa 1965.

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Chrome plated case with snap-on stainless-steel back. Smiths classic 12.15 (12 ligne, 15 jewel) movement as originally designed by Rene Lenoir and his team around 1945-46, but now with shock resistant setting for the balance and other improvements. Club-tooth detached lever escapement with steel escape. Monometallic balance with Beryllium balance-spring. Radially textured silvered dial with gilt batons and upright numerals 6 (part) and 12, with original matching gilt baton hands. 32 mm diameter.

I do not have a catalogue that shows this model but the style of lettering on the dial indicates a date of circa 1965. 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 style of case is not waterproof and all Smiths wristwatches are best kept well away from wet and damp conditions.

Plating to case showing some minor wear on the lugs and although the balance looks to be OK it does not presently run - it will need at least a service. On very good new/old stock black leather non-padded strap. Not working.

NB: Having reached a certain age I am looking to reduce my stock of Smiths wristwatches. Fully serviced examples will continue to be offered on my website, but I am now also offering my unserviced and unrestored stock as Sale prices. Please also note that these watches have been photographed in their unclean state, and that a service is recommended before they are worn.