Smiths Astal Steel Vintage Date British Everest 1950s Mens serviced 34mm watch


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Smiths Astal Steel Vintage Date British Everest 1950s Mens serviced 34mm watch

1. Fast same day shipping ✅
2. Original condition ✅
3. Serviced 2022 ✅
4. Rare English made watch - serial number dates back to 1950s ✅
5. View watch in our Shop: King Street, Norwich, England ✅

Background to British watchmaker Smiths

A unique British watch brand that has now become defunct. In reality, the ultimately successful 1953 British expedition to Everest was sponsored by the only British watchmaking company at the time, and as per the records, it was likely the only watch worn or carried all the way up to the top.

They are incredibly robust and solid watches, filled with history and to prove their solidity. The British military commissioned Smiths in the late 1960s and this was the watch of choice for UK soldiers in all combat missions during this period.

The big question will always be; did Sir Edmund Hillary really have his Smiths Deluxe on his wrist on the summit of Everest? Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

Smiths watches were a British institution from 1946 until 1980. However, in the final five years of production, Smiths had largely stopped making their fine, English made movements in the Cheltenham factory. They seem to vanish with a whimper. Most of the catalogues were lost and most information from those years of production could only be found in the minds of the workers. Innovation moved on. At the time digital watches were in full bloom, and old mechanical Smiths watches lay forgotten in drawers all over the county, gathering dust.

Please be realistic in regards to condition, do not expect mint. Naturally there will be some imperfections but overall good condition especially for a watch which dates back to 1950s.

The sub seconds hand sweeps around nicely. Working perfectly as just been serviced by a local watchmaker 2022 with a 12 month warranty on the watch accompany our watches.

A new Bordeaux Red strap has been added to give this watch a modern twist.

Box is present as pictured.

Brand: Smiths
Model: Astral
Type: Vintage
Case Width: 34.50mm
Case Width: 10.50mm
Metal: Stainless steel
Year of Manufacture: 1950s
Movement: Hand Winding Calibre 73 (15 Jewels)
Band / Strap: 18mm New Bordeaux Red strap
UK Delivery: Next day
EU Delivery: 1-2 days
Rest of World: 2-3 days

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