The Smiths W10 is a true tool watch, built to survive some of the harshest condition imaginable. The three most important factors in mind when designing military are functional, robust and easily legible. Ordered for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the late 1960’s this example dating to 1968. A case size of 35mm may be on the small side for today’s standards, but the long lugs give the watch a much larger wrist presence.
The black matte dial is in excellent condition showing no major blemishes or defects and the “Made in England” stamp shows the W10’s difference from other Swiss made military watches of the period. The tritium lume is all original on both the dial & hand set. The screw down case back is signed is marked 1516/ 68 with the proper military arrow engraving.
The full listing for this Smiths W10 can be seen here (Link)
Hamilton “Panda” Chronograph 7723
Let’s be honest, are these really “Poor Man’s Carrera’s” anymore? The continuous rising popularity in sporty 1960’s chronographs has led these Hamilton’s to rise in popularity and price in recent years. This makes sourcing an example in great condition very difficult. But fear not!
Here we have an extremely clean example with near perfect dial and unpolished case. The workhorse Valjoux cal. 7730 is clean and running great. Perhaps nothing shows off the great design of watches in the 1960’s like panda dial chronographs. From Heuer to Clebar and Hamilton this 7723 is a great example of the near perfection of 1960’s watch design.
The full listing of this Hamilton 7723 can be found here (Link)
Zodiac 10 ATM
If you’ve been following us for awhile you’ll know we are huge fans of Zodiac. As a brand they bring great value into true tool watches like the Sea Wolf and Aerospace lines. We’ve sold dozens over the past 2 ½ years with some truly awesome pieces. The Zodiac 10 ATM we’re offering here today is truly the most unique and rare Zodiac we’ve offered on the site. Honestly, many may not realize how rare and unique.
The original Sea Wolf was the first dive watch to feature an outer rotating bezel in 1953. Outdating the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and the Rolex Submariner. The pre Sea Wolf prototype case is water resistant up to 10 ATM or 339 feet. Inside ticks the AS1361 automatic winding caliber. This example dates to 1953 and as few as 10 are known to be out there. Seriously look around, you will not be able to find another. Especially in this condition.
See the full listing of this rare Zodiac here (Link)