Smiths W10 Army Issue Wristwatch c.1970

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The Watch

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Smiths W10 Watches were supplied to and issued by the British Army. The watch was part of a contract that Smiths won to supply the Army with a General Service Watch, they supplied the Watches for the years from 1967 - 1970 (this example being from the last year: 1970).  March 1970 to be precise, we know this due to date code on the movement "30"

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It is known as the last all British Military Watch. 

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Powering the W10 is the cal. 60466E, a 17-jewel manual movement produced in-house by Smiths. The 60466E was heavily influenced by the architecture of the Jaeger LeCoultre caliber found in the Mark XI dating back to the late ‘40s, likewise sharing a dust cover to protect the caliber from magnetization. Per military specifications, the movement hacks.

View this Soldier in a video: here 

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The Specs

Age: c. March 1970.

Reference: W10

Movement: Manual wind with Hacking Centre Seconds.

Calibre: 60466E

Timekeeping: Very good.

Service History: Full Service by John Senior, June 2023.

Dial: Original Smiths Mil Spec Dial.

Case: Stainless Steel.

Measurements: without/with Crown: 35mm/38mm End to End: 47mm

Bezel: Solid.

Water Resistant?: No.

Hands: Original.

Crystal: Correct Acrylic crystal.

Crown: Correct Original unsigned Crown.

Strap/Bracelet: On a NOS Vintage US Army issue 17mm military strap.

Lug Width: 17mm

 

 

 

Getting Acquainted

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Bits that stand out:

- "One of the last of the last" British Military Watches.

- Hard to find in such superb order.

- Fantastic English made, fully serviced Movement.

- Lume has aged beautifully.

- NOS Vintage US Army issue 17mm strap.

 

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Nitty Gritty:

- None really bar some minor marks to Case.

 

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Overall the W10 is in superb vintage condition.

The Dial is in lovely condition, the lume has aged beautifully.

Steel Case is in very good nick, there are a few age related marks.

Caseback markings are very nice.

Original Crown.

Crystal in excellent shape.

Hands are in lovely shape.

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Photographed on a 7in Wrist.