Always nice to find a vintage watch with the original box, this Astral by Smiths has the dynotron electronic movement.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
We can date this to being made circa 1973 from the styling, and from the dates the ESA9154 movement were produced. (70-75)
Astral were a range of watches used by Smiths Industries, to appeal to the younger buyer. This watch is really nice, and the correct fitted box this is a rare find. This Dynotron movement was used in Tissot, Girard Perregaux and Omega watches, so the quality is very good. The gold plated case has a couple of small marks but nothing significant, as the photos show. The worst are probably tool marks one the screw down case back. The strap may be original, as it has some age but isn’t stamped with any identifying marks. This movement uses an electronically controlled balance, so ticks rather than hums. The date can also be semi quickset by turning past midnight, back to 22:00 and back past midnight.
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Width with crown 38.8 mm
Width without crown 37.0 mm
Between lugs 19 mm
Lug to lug length 43.5 mm
Case Thickness 11.8 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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