Astral solely appeared on Timepieces by Smiths Watch Industries towards the end of their production years. Smiths sadly could not keep up with the Quartz revolution and in 1980 shut their doors for good.
This watch features a Swiss Made Valjoux 7733 movement, which was fitted to many high end watches in the late 1960s/early 70s.
The Astral Chronograph isn't one you see everyday and wears beautifully on the Wrist, the Dial gives off a wonderful sporty feeling and is a real collectors piece. This guy also comes with an Astral box.
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Movement: Manual winding, with 45 Minute Chronograph.
Calibre: Valjoux 7733.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Serviced May 2022.
Dial: Original Astral Dial.
Case: Chrome Plated with Stainless Steel Caseback.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 35.5mm/39mm End to End: 41.4mm
Water Resistant?: No.
Crystal: Correct Crystal, Replaced during Service.
Crown and Pushers: Original Astral Crown and pushers.
Strap/Bracelet: On a new 18mm Hirsch Jumper Black Leather Strap with Red stitching and Stainless Steel buckle.
Lug Width: 18mm
Bits that stand out:
- Quality Valjoux 7733 Movement.
- Very cool Dial.
- Comes with an Astral Box.
- Some scratches and Wear to the Chrome Plating.
Overall this Astral is in nice Vintage condition.
The Dial is in super condition.
Chrome Case is in good nick for its nature, with some scratches throughout and wear to the plate where small bits of brassing are showing but nothing overly major and ro be honest your eyes are so drawn in to that spectacular Dial you hardly even notice.
Crystal has been replaced as part of the Service.
The handset is in good original condition, the lume has darkened inside the hour and minute hands.