Smiths W10 Military Army Issue Wristwatch c.1969

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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 third year: 1969. July 1969 to be precise, we know this due to date code on the movement "79".
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: July 1969.
Reference: W10.
Movement: Manual wind with Hacking Centre Seconds.
Calibre: 60466E
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Full Service, August 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 new 16mm Blue NATO style strap with steel fixtures.
Lug Width: 17mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- All British Military Watch.
- Very hard to find in such good order.
Wonderful Dial with highly sought after Yellow Lume.
- Fantastic English made, fully serviced Movement.

Nitty Gritty:
-Some minor marks to Case.

Overall the W10 is in Excellent Vintage condition.
The Dial is in Wonderful condition, the lume has stayed that highly desirable Yellow colour. Absolutely superb.
Steel Case is in very good nick, there are a few very minor age related marks.
Caseback markings are very nice.
Original Crown.
Crystal in good shape.
Hands are in lovely shape.
Photographed on a 7in Wrist.