Movement No. 120 60466E, Case 16735 hallmarked 1970
A classic Smiths Astral gold presentation watch, this wristwatch was presented to the original owner to recognise their long service at British Waterways. The watch is cased in 9ct gold and the silvered dial has raised gilded Arabic and triangular hour indexes.
Formed in the early 20th century, the English firm of S. Smith & Sons initially retailed both Swiss and English watches and clocks. During the Second World War, the company manufactured their own watches for the military but, from the mid 1940s, Smiths began to produce higher grade wristwatches which led to a transformation of their in-house production. In 1953, Smiths performed a marketing coup by supplying Edmund Hillary with a watch for his ascent of Everest. Seizing on the advertising opportunities, Smiths launched a campaign picturing a Smiths De Luxe watch on top of Everest with a quote from Hillary beneath stating: “I carried your watch to the summit. It worked perfectly.”
We have fitted this watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough dark brown wild boar pull-through watch strap.
[M] Smiths gilded calibre 60466E manually wound movement, non-hacking, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber
[D] silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic and faceted triangular indexes, gilded hands, centre seconds with red triangular tip
[C] 9ct yellow gold case, chamfered bezel, the case back with presentation engraving
[S] case, dial and movement signed
33.5mm diameter excluding winding crown
38mm length including lugs: 38mm
10mm depth to centre of crystal
17mm strap width/lug gauge
One Year guarantee – this watch has been serviced
Black Bough box and Black Bough Certificate