Dating from 1969 this is a very special model as it was the last mechanical watch supplied to the British armed forces and in fact these watches were the last mass produced mechanical watches made in England.
The watch is engraved ‘W10’ on the caseback, meaning it was issued to the Army. Being issued in 1969, it is likely to have seen service during the Falklands conflict of 1982.
The cal 115 movement has 17 jewels, indirect center seconds and is numbered 60466E; it has a gilt finish and the classic exposed winding wheels and click spring; like all British military watches from this period it has a “hack” seconds facility.
The gloss black dial has white painted full Arabic numerals with a “railway lines” outer seconds track, heavy luminous batons at each quarter hour mark and smaller luminous dots for the remainder. The dial is signed “Smiths” at the top and below that is the circled T (standing for Tritium) and there is the British broad arrow mark above the 6.
Smith’s quit the watch business in the early 1990s and are back in their original business of instrument manufacturers making gauges for aircraft cockpits and most of the scanners you will see at airport security lines.
The case is 95%, as is the movement, whilst the dial is 95+%. Please note that the watch hacks correctly, unlike many of the Smiths military watches.
The watch measures 35mm Diam, 46mm lug to lug, it is 11mm high and takes a 17mm strap and a new replica of the original fabric one is fitted.