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    Smiths Chrono

    I don't know where my Dad's been hiding this, but it arrived in the post today!

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    Smiths, 17 Jewels, Incabloc, Swiss Made on the dial
    Anti-Magnetic, Incabloc, Waterproof, Swiss Made, Stainless Steel Back, on the back which has been worn down a little by a military type of strap.

    It's a hand-wind and running quite nicely, the chrono also works with the seconds indicator perfectly returning to the 12 o'clock position on reset

    I don't have the tools to take off the back and don't want to risk trying with a pair of long nosed pliers. I'll post pics once I've the correct tools.

    I know it's not much info and a movement pic is invaluable, but does anyone know a rough age for this one?

    Thanks

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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    That's a very nice watch! Almost invariably a generic movement (Venus, Valjoux, Landeron) - if you want an indication of what might be inside without opening it, try to see the exact line between totalizers and central second: if it runs to slightly below the crown centre, it is probably a Landeron calibre. No point trashing the watch just to get inside prematurely. Age? My first reaction was late forties to early sixties, looking at the style of the hands, probably the later part of that period. A slightly closer, clearer picture would help.

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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    Nice watch. I wouldn't open it up especially if it appears to be working fine. There's no point in potentially causing damage. I'd leave it to a horologist if you want to get it freshened up.

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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    Thanks for the replies

    @Hartmut - If I understand you correctly (I'm still learning all the terminology) then the totalisers, central second and crown are in alignment, and not below the crown. I'm assuming the hands would have had a thin line of lume on the ends as it looks like there's a grove in the hands for it.

    @Chris - I'm going to leave it untouched but take it to the local horologist (we actually have one in my town) and get it cleaned up as I'd like to wear it.

    Any strap suggestions would be appreciated.

    Ok, tried my old camera and got a slightly better pic!

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    Lug to Lug = 43mm
    Dial = 36mm
    Dial incl. Crown = 39.5mm
    Height, incl. Crystal and Back = 12mm
    Lug Width = 19mm
    Last edited by UKBadger; September 17th, 2011 at 13:26. Reason: added lug width
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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    A nice attractive Chrono

    My bet is on it being a Valjoux 7733. I would say later 1960s through to the early 1970s.

    Time (well your watchmaker) will tell.

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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    Ok, just realised I'd not posted a picture of the movement.

    Harmut is correct, it's a Landeron 248 calibre movement:

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    Re: Smiths Chrono

    Great looking watch...and it's a Smiths!!, nice one.

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