Sale! SMITHS Batch No 609, for J W BENSON The 'Ludgate' London

SMITHS Batch No 609, for J W BENSON The 'Ludgate' London


Fine all-English wristwatch in original box with its certificate.

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2-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1960, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). Smiths 12.15 movement upgraded for Benson with added jewel at the centre (12.16). Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with 'Chronovar' non-magnetic compensating balance-spring. Silvered 'deco' dial with raised gilt chapter ring, matching gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original velvet lined Benson box and the original warranty, showing the watch to have cost £21/8/0 in 1961.

James Walter Benson, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London’s premier retailers of good and top quality watches from before the 1880’s. Benson was the leading English retailer of Smiths watches for which Smiths supplied their better movements and some unique designs. Benson’s catalogue of circa 1958 gives a price of £21/5/- for this 9ct gold 'Ludgate' model - a modest increase in price of three shillings by 1961. 

For more information about English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2000 issue of Antique Collecting. NB: This case style is not waterproof and all English wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

Some general age toning to the dial, otherwise in fine original condition showing just a few signs of age, the case with no previous presentation engraving. On contemporary new/old stock pigskin strap. Serviced for its previous owner and looks to be working correctly - it can be freshly serviced if wanted.