SMITHS ‘Astral’ Cheltenham. Batch No 104


£ 395.00

All English made centre-seconds watch in lovely condition.

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Smiths larger two-piece 9ct gold 'slimline' case hallmarked Edinburgh 1964, sponsors mark SCW (Smiths Clocks & Watch Division). Cal: 27.CS 17-jewel shockproof movement with chamfered plates, developed from the original 12.15 calibre as designed by Robert Lenoir and his team at Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham around 1946. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Stylish silvered dial with raised gilt upright Arabic hour numerals, original gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A fine example of Smiths ST.454 model as advertised in their 1964 catalogue, page 4. NB: Although originally sold as "waterproof" all Smiths wristwatches are best kept well away from damp conditions. 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.

Case, dial and movement in very good original condition, showing few signs of age, the rear of the case without any presentation engraving. On new brown leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.