SMITH MILITARY BRITISH MADE WRIST WATCH CIRCA 1967
REF: SMMILP1040289 £895.00
Smiths have a grand history in the United Kingdom as watchmakers and instrument makers. They have secured a place in history as having been watchmakers for the British military and Smiths watches even accompanied members of the first Mount Everest Expedition. Sadly, the era of Smiths as military issue watches came to an end in the early seventies.
There were apparently a couple of Smiths models that were issued to British Forces during the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The particular watch featured in this review is the latter watch and was issued during the late sixties and early seventies to British Army Units. The Smiths W10 has the distinction of being the last mechanical watch actually made in the United Kingdom for issuance to the military. Several experts have indicated that the manual movement was heavily influenced by Jaeger LeCoultre in both design and function. A variant of the W10 was also issued to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Navigator's watch. These watches had caseback markings commencing with '6B/." Smiths also issued another RAF Navigator's watch, contemporaneously with the Omega '53, also under the '6B/542'specification.