DELUXE SMITHS A404 WRISTWATCH AVERAGE CONDITION CIRCA 1951

DELUXE SMITHS A404 WRISTWATCH AVERAGE CONDITION CIRCA 1951

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This is the first version of the A404, with 15 jewels and non-shockproofed balance, with the cut out in the dust cover/case ring enabling easier regulation. The chrome pasting is very worn and some toning and spotting to the original dial. Pitting and scratches to the back of the case. 

This is what I like to think of as the "waterfall" dial due to the 15 jewels falling over the edge of the seconds hand sunken dial. The case width excluding the crown is about 33.4mm. 

The A404 is famous because Smiths used it in the main post Everest advert saying that the watch was used, and also because both the A404 and A454 / 460 became expedition watches in their own right shortly afterwards. 

This version has the earlier case back type with the Dennison signature inside the case. Unusually this A404 has greener hands and dial luminous markings. Movement c105397. Caliber 12-15, later I think became caliber 401. Serviced and keeps reasonable time. Two year warranty.