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Smiths Astral - 20 ATM Divers Wristwatch - Caliber 106 - MADE IN ENGLAND

£2,650.00GBP
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Vintage Smiths Astral Diver - Rare English Made Diving Watch - Caliber 106

Starting in London as Samuel Smith in 1851, progressing down the years to becoming S. Smith & Sons (Motor Accessories), receiving its first Royal Warrant in 1907 then becoming S. Smith & Sons (England) Ltd, which split into Smiths Motor Accessories Ltd, Smiths Aircraft Instruments Ltd, Smiths English Clocks Ltd and Smiths industrial Instruments Ltd. The factory in Cheltenham that eventually manufactured the high quality timepieces featured here was built at the start of the Second World War. By the end of the Second World War The Smiths Group comprised of over 20 companies.

By the 1960’s and the boom in popularity of dive watches, Smiths began to produce the Astral Dive watch. The case is very similar to many skin diver watches of the period due to the huge demand for such watches, production was able to produce large numbers of the same case to ship to a number of brands to mark their design within said case. The dial is gloss black with oversized 6 and 12 indices, luminous dots and outer minutes track. Another signature dive watch feature on the Smiths Astral is the crown. Big crown dive watches have gained quite the following and often command a premium as in the early days of dive watches, crown guards were uncommon.

What's on offer

Made in England, this Smiths diver benefits from the Cal. 106 with 17 jewels and still remains reliable after many enjoyable years on the wrist. The lume plots are intact and have taken on a lovely fluffy appearance. The bezel has some light patina to it which is consistent with age and duties whilst the striking hands cement a truly exciting dive watch to both own and enjoy. This watch is a stunning example and considering its age the case size is great at almost 38mm. The popularity of dive watches is as strong as ever and the present watch provides a great opportunity to own a piece of British craftsmanship that will continue to stand the test of time and they continue to rise in price too!!

Additional information

Made from


Case: Stainless Steel.

Dial: Black with warm lume patina, oversized 12 and 6 arabic numerals, date at 3:00.

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Tropic strap (A different colour is available).


Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound.

Movement type: Manual.

Movement Calibre: 106

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent vintage condition.

Date of issue: c.1960s

Guarantee

12-month VWS warranty (RECENTLY SERVICED BY OUR WATCHMAKER)!

Dimensions

Width: 38mm

Lug width: 18mm

Wrist size: Adjustable
 via strap.