SMITHS 'Astral' Cheltenham. Batch No 89


£ 2,495.00

Rare large size 'Divers watch' in lovely condition, circa 1968.

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Heavy all stainless-steel antimagnetic case with rotating alloy bezel, the screw back also engraved ‘100% WATERPROOF TESTED 20 ATMOSPHERES.' Cal: 60465E 17-jewel hacking movement. Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Black dial with luminous numerals and hands, including the seconds hands. 37.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. 

A very good example of Smiths rare model CM.4501 wristwatch, as well as being the rarest of all Smiths quality wristwatches to survive in good condition, as shown in their 1968 catalogue, page 12. This should not be confused with the smaller boy’s size Smiths Divers-type watch that it resembles. 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: Even though this model was only made for a few years, surviving examples show the usual Smiths variations in output. This example has the crowned ASTRAL logo as opposed to just the lettering and the bezel markings run in a clockwise manner. It also has the Smiths Imperial-type seconds hand, a feature I have seen before, and the date ring is printed black on white. The movements also show variations of the calibres used and their fitting. 

This watch survives in unusually fine condition, the softer alloy bezel showing almost no wear, the black being quick to show signs of use. The crystal, with magnifying section over date (spare parts are no longer available), is also in very good clean condition. Serviced and guaranteed, and supplied on brand new best quality Hirsch black nylon Nato-style strap.

NB: Although this case style was supplied as waterproof up to around 600 feet when new, this watch has not been pressure tested or fitted with new seals and should not be used for diving until the necessary work has been done.