SMITHS ‘Astral’ Cheltenham. Batch No 94


£ 445.00

All-English centre-seconds wristwatch in lovely original condition.

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Lager size two-piece 9ct gold 'slimline' case hallmarked Edinburgh 1964, casemaker SCW (Smith Clock & Watch Division). 17-jewel centre-seconds shockproof movement, a development of the original 12.15 movement designed by Rene Lenoir and his team around 1945. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with gilt upright Arabic numerals, original gilt hands, the centre-seconds with Smiths usual red tip. 33.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Complete with its velvet lined clamshell case of unusual colour, one of the rarer boxes used by Smiths.

Smiths model number SC.560 as shown on page 10 in their 1968 catalogue. NB: Smiths ceased production in Bishops Cleeve and stopped fitting their own movements in their Astral, De Luxe, Imperial and Everest models abruptly in 1970. 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.

Rear of case with BRITISH TRANSPORT DOCKS BOARD presentation engraving to J M Elsegood, otherwise case dial and movement in fine, almost mint original condition, and fitted with new 'anti-allergy' brown leather strap. The box silk with a few age marks, but otherwise a fine and most unusual Smiths box. Serviced and guaranteed.