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English Made Smiths Astral 15 Jewel 33mm Manual Watch

English Made Smiths Astral 15 Jewel 33mm Manual Watch

£135.00Price

 

Working as it should, a superb Smiths Astral gold plated wrist watch with 15 jewel manual wind movement and sub seconds at six. In excellent overall condition. Case33mmx41mm

 Astral English made watches with between 15 and 18 jewel movements and high-quality polished escapements, and ex-factory with screw fitted balances. these were advertised as Britain's finest watch. dating from 1951/52.  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.

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