ASTRAL SMITHS DIVERS WATCH 1968 MADE IN ENGLAND STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH

ASTRAL SMITHS DIVERS WATCH 1968 MADE IN ENGLAND STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH

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SMITHS EQUIVALENT OF THE SWISS DIVING WATCH. FITTED WITH THE FULL SIGNATURE DIAL AS PER MOST OF THE EARLY ONES. THE BEST FULL PRODUCTION SMITHS MADE FOR TRUE CIVILIAN MARKET. THERE ARE SOME SLIGHT VARIATIONS OF THESE MAKING THEM A MICROCOSM OF COLLECTOR MODELS WITHIN THE SMITHS RANGE. THIS EXAMPLE IS FITTED WITH A HACKING ASTRAL GRADE MOVEMENT, I THIS CASE CALIBER 60474E WITH BLACK DISC DATE. THE FROSTED GILT FINISHED MOVEMENT HAS STRAIGHT LINE ONE PIECE CLICK AND CLICK SPRING, PLAIN BALANCE AND FLAT HAIRSPRING. OVERHAULED TO A HIGH STANDARD WITH GOOD TIME KEEPING. THESE DIVERS WATCHES WERE CONTEMPORANEOUS WITH THE MILITARY ISSUED SMITHS WATCHES AND ARE A ROBUST WATCH. CASE IS TWO PIECE STEEL WITH AN ALLOY BEZEL. NOTE THE MARKINGS ON THE BEZEL COUNT UPWARDS. CASE WIDTH 37.5MM INCLUDING THE BEZEL. TAKES A 19MM STRAP, FITTED HERE WITH A PERIOD DRIVER STYLE CLIP ON LEATHER ONE WITH THE DOUBLE BUCKLE AND NO KEEPER. CASE CONDITION IS PRETTY GOOG AS IS THE BEZEL. NOTABLE IS THE FACT THAT IT IS STILL FITTED WITH THE ORIGINAL CYCLOPS CRYSTAL AND DOMED DIVERS CROWN. THE CROWN IS TIGHT AND REQUIRES A OUNTER CLOCKWISE TURN AT THE END TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CLICK IS SEATED. MOVEMENT BATCH. NUMBER 48.

NOT WATERPROOF AS THESE PARTS WOULD HAVE TO BE REPLACED TO BE WATERPROOF. 

NOTE THAT THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF LUME ARE ALL ORIGINAL ON THE HANDS AND NUMERALS/INDICES