DELUXE SMITHS 9CT GOLD BRITISH RAIL WRISTWATCH IN GOOD CONDITION c 1961
Good example of the British Rail North Eastern Region award for long service, this one for 45 years which is I think the highest number of years that can be found on a BR watch. The case diameter without the winding crown is about 30.8mm. The 15 jewel English movement has been frequently serviced judging by the condition so presumably worn for a long period of time.
This is the full Astral grade escapement with un-polished components and a smooth rimmed balance, and the benefit of shock-proofed balance settings.
Why an Astral spec movement in a Deluxe watch? Well one can only surmise that some of the B.R. watches were built to a price or ordered knowing that they were a cheaper product inside.
The strap size is a Smiths norm, 16mm. Fitted here with a tan coloured zrc 733. this version has the plain off white dial rather than the bark finished one. Some scratch marks form opening but with care these could be removed.