Fine keyless lever watch, complete with Bennett box, in wonderful original condition.
Crisp engine-turned barrel-edge silver case, the cover with dark blue enamelled hour chapter ring, import hallmarked London 1921, sponsor's mark AB (Alfred Baume, London). Longines Cal 19.74N keyless going-barrel movement jewelled to the 3rd. Straight line detached lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance with timing screws, Palladium (not tested) balance-spring with overcoil. Lovely enamel dial signed for its retailer in perfect condition, original gold hands. 52 mm diameter. Together with its original red velvet lined box, its silk lining printed with Bennett's address and Registered Trade Mark (Gog & Magog) in gold.
Sir John Bennett Limited 'Founded in the Reign of George II,' one of the leading London retailers in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, Bennett himself being one of London's most colourful characters - see his portrait by Spy, done for the magazine Vanity Fair.
Longines, based in Saint-Imier, one of the premier Swiss watch manufacturers, with a long association of selling their top quality watches, both pocket and wrist, in the UK via Baume & Co. NB: The British Horological Institute holds a great deal of Baume family records and ephemera.
Case joints and bow still tight and the covers without previous engraving or monogram, the whole watch showing few signs of use, the box also in very good condition. As crisp and wearable a silver watch as I have handled, and in a substantial silver case. Cleaned and guaranteed.
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