Best quality all-English watch, complete with retailers box.
Stylish 3-piece pink 9ct gold case with snap-on back and bezel, hallmarked Edinburgh 1956, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). Smiths classic '12.15' movement upgraded to their best finish of 18 jewels (12.18). Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance with Smith's overcoil balance-spring, only fitted to their 18-jewel movements. Signed silvered dial with applied pink gold batons and dots, original gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original Benson blue velvet and silk lined box.
James Walter Benson Ltd, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London’s premier retailers of good and top quality watches. Benson was the leading English retailer of Smiths watches for which Smiths supplied some unique designs and generally their best movements, either 12.16 with an extra jewel on the centre wheel or the rare 12.18 also with cap jewels on the escape. Benson’s catalogue of circa 1952 gives a price of £31/10/- for this rarely seen 'Presentation' model. 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.
Case and movement in lovely original condition showing only minor signs of use, the original finish to the dial showing almost no age toning. The case back with no previous engraving and the velvet and silk lined box also in fine condition. On new best quality Hirsch black leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.
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