SMITHS No C266904L, for J W BENSON Ltd, London.


Rare best quality all-English 18-jewel wristwatch.

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3-piece 9ct gold case with snap-on back, hallmarked Edinburgh 1959, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). Smiths best quality 18-jewel movement, upgraded from their standard 12.15 calibre, with an extra jewel at the centre and cap jewels on escape (12.18). Double-roller lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with solid gold batons and studs, original gold hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

James Walter Benson, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London premier retailers of good and top quality watches throughout the later part of the 19th and 20th centuries, one of the main retailers of Smiths better models throughout the 1950's and 60's. This is Benson's best quality all-English made watch, sold in either 9ct or 18ct cases, all with the upgraded 12.18 movement. For more information about English wristwatches see the short notes in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting. 

NB: This case style is not waterproof and all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

The silvered dial showing general darkening and slight spotting, otherwise a rare best quality Smiths calibre and the case without any previous presentation inscription. Serviced and guaranteed.