H SAMUEL CLIMAX LEVER SMITHS DELUXE GRADE ANTARCTIC A458/A460 17 ENGLISH WRISTWATCH
H Samuel Climax Lever Smiths Antarctic a458/a460 17 English 1953/54 wristwatch. a superb example of one of the Smiths specially commissioned in both dustproof and waterproof cases as a top of the range english made lever watch to be sold in the jewellers shops. Hard chromed finish, in really good condition, with small areas of wear. The watch is still fitted with its original winding crown and cut edge special fit crystal. Only the case seal was replaced during servicing as this was a later grey flat nylon one, a black one has been fitted. The case diameter is 33mm, and as there is no wear to the plated main surface at the sides where measured this can be used as a guide to the originally intended diameter of this model.
C series frosted gilt movement, normal as per most Smiths but with a slightly different nickel plated balance. The image is when running so the balance weights or dummy screws can't be seen as the balance is rotating.
These earlier Antarctic watches are 17 jewel non-shockproof, relying only on the internal sprung case ring to give protection from knocks.
Timekeeping after the service seems about average for one of these. The dial is superb and more detailed than the standard Smiths Deluxe signed one.
Fitted with a handmade 16mm ZRC cowhide strap in black.
Comes with the usual presentation packaging and the 2 year warranty excluding accidental damage. Not guaranteed waterproof.