SMITHS MILITARY ISSUED MODEL A454/A404 HYBRID 27 C.S WRISTWATCH 1953 SERVICED
Smiths Deluxe model a454/a404 hybrid, from 1953. Very poor damaged original dial but its original., Note the distinctive all red painted seconds hand on this model. 33.3 mm case with chromed top and steel screw in back. The chromed finish, which is brushed horizontally at the sides and polished everywhere else. It Is in generally acceptable condition, with wear on the high points . Currently fitted with a 18mm brown calf strap, the original strap was a very poorly made camel leather one, possibly indicating the area of use. Fully overhauled and with the usual two year warranty. 17 jewel c series frosted gilt finished english lever movement with the polished deluxe grade escapement, flat hairspring and mono-metallic balance wheel. c1955. This watch has been thoroughly overhauled with the original very used crown retained however so waterproofing is not guaranteed. Please note that the dial has discolouration and repaired feet.
This case and dial are the slightly larger size of those used in the se early Dennison cased Smiths. Fitted with an 18mm strap. Normally found on the A404 this appears to be a specially constructed watch for possibly navigator use. I haven't found any reference to the issue numbers. Movement number c165606, case number 114393. caliber 27 c.s. I think the case back is deeper than the normal a404 thus allowing for the extra depth of the centre seconds movement.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH WE GIVE OUR USUAL WARRANTY, THE WATCH DIAL IS IN POOR SHAPE .