Smiths W10 Army Issue Wristwatch c.1970

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The Watch


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"


It is known as the last all British Military Watch. 


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.

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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


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.



Nitty Gritty:

- None really bar some minor marks to Case.



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.


Photographed on a 7in Wrist.