Smiths W10 1968
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About this watch
A perfectly proportioned, 35mm, Smith W10 military wristwatch, manufactured for the British army and issued in 1968. This watch displays distinctive military colours, with its khaki strap and complementary sword hands and quarter markers, offset by a handsome dark dial. It’s an attractive model, which was well suited for military action.
Powered by the cal.60466E, it has a 17 jewel manual movement (produced in-house by Smiths), a 17 jewel shockproof movement with hacking seconds, operated via a button, and Tritium on both the dial and hands, denoted by the ‘T’ found in a circle on the dial, where you can also see the pheon (broad arrow), above the ‘6’, which has been used to denote property issued by the British government since the seventeenth century.
The case back also has historically-significant military inscriptions, while the watch itself has the claim of being one of the last watches to be fully manufactured in the UK for the British military.
An all round excellent watch, which keeps very good time.
Founded in 1851 by Samuel Smith, Smiths was foremost a manufacturer of precision instruments across industries, which grew to include both automotive and aviation, with the supply of gauges for dashboards and cockpits. However, by the start of WWII the production of time pieces accounted for over half of Smiths business, culminating in the production of wristwatches at the end of the war. Following which time, during the 50s,60s and 70s, Smiths held contracts to supply the British army with watches. The W10 is likely the most recognised of this line of watches.
The Photos Shown Are From The Actual Watch For Sale. The watch is working well.