Smiths "Astral" 15 Jewel 33mm Gentleman's Chrome Plated Watch 1960's
Less common Chromed version, with a dial In lovely condition - A 1960's British Made Smiths "Astral" Gentleman's watch - The most accurate mechanical watch in the world at the time. - The case is 33mmx 40mm . We have renewed the crystal, and a high-quality strap is fitted . The crown operated perfectly easily, but is not the original - There is some plating loss to the case edges.
Only after the second world war – did Smiths begin to manufacture wristwatches – supported by British government finance - to
fill the gaping absence of a quality watchmaker in the UK. From 1946-1970 Smiths produced a range of high quality
watches from its Cheltenham factory including; the De Luxe, Astral and later the Imperial and Everest ‘range’
of watches. Smiths holds an important part of English horological history as the last English watch company of
any size in a world of watches dominated by Swiss, and Japanese manufacturers.