Smiths Astral (1970)

£ 495
This is one of the very last watches made by Smiths, the case is hallmarked for 1970 which was the last year that Smiths produced their own watches in England. The watch was presented to an “E Martin” for long service with British Rail (40 years, so practically a whole working life spent with one company!). The dial is a lovely example of the best work that Smiths did - the applied markers are elegant and the whole has pleasing proportions.

The movement of this watch is one of the very high grade specified for the military W10 wristwatch, perhaps Smiths were using up whatever they had ahead of the watch branch closing down. The movement hacks - that is the watch stops running when you pull the crown out to set the time, allowing you to set the time to the exact second.

The 9 carat gold case is in good condition from the front, but the back shows signs of someone rather desperately trying to open it with a case knife. This is clumsey because the case is two-pieces and access to the movement is achieved by removing the bezel. Still at least this part is on the wrist, so you don’t actually see it!

The watch is fitted with a nos lizard style strap, it’s been fully serviced and running very well.

Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 34mm
Case material: 9 carat gold
strap width: 17mm
time keeping: grade A

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Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can sometimes take an extra 5-10 working days.

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Shipping guide for watches:

UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL Express shipping, 1-3 working days

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Shipping guide for straps (unless purchased with a watch): 

Free Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping, 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

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All t-shirts on our website are now printed and shipped by an external supplier inside the UK. This means that if you place an order for both a watch and a t-shirt, they will be shipped separately.

Our supplier uses a Royal Mail tracked service for all shipments and this usually takes a little longer than our watches. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.


Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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