SMITHS ‘Astral’ Cheltenham. Batch No 90

21315

£ 595.00

Fine centre-seconds watch with military spec movement in best quality case.

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Two-piece 9ct gold Dennison 'Aquatite' screw-back case hallmarked Birmingham 1965. Cal: 60466E 17-jewel shockproof movement with hack spring operated when the button is pulled out, allowing accurate setting of the seconds hand to time, as designed for use in Smiths military wristwatch. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with gilt upright Arabic hour numerals and matching gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A very good example of a rare Smiths model (I do not have catalogue that allows me to identify Smiths ref number) housed in their best quality and most robust gold case. This is a model I can recommend as most suitable of all Smiths wristwatches for everyday wear other than their stainless-steel cased military W10. 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.


NB: It is sometimes said that Smiths Astral grade is not as good as their De Luxe or Everest models. This is not true. Smiths De Luxe, Astral, Everest and Imperial names were all variously used on their best quality watches produced at their Bishops Cleeve premises and differences in the casing and jeweling can be found throughout the different ranges. 


Case dial and movement in very good original condition, showing few signs of use and the rear without any presentation engraving, just a few scratches - one of the best examples of this model I have handled. Fitted with brand new best quality Hirsch black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.


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