J W BENSON ‘The New Ludgate’ London. No 9313


Good keyless pocket watch, one of the last productions of this famous firm.

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9ct gold single-back crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked London 1938, sponsor's mark JWB (Benson). Coventry supplied three-quarter plate going-barrel movement also engraved ‘BEST LONDON MAKE.' Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed enamel dial, original blued-steel hands. 49.5 mm diameter. Together with silk and velvet lined makers box.

James Walter Benson, 62 & 64 Ludgate Hill, London’s biggest and most energetic watchmaking and watch retailing firm of the second half of the 19th and the first half of 20th centuries. Benson’s London made watches were marketed under the names ‘The Bank,’ ‘The Ludgate’ and ‘The Field.' NB: Benson was selling very few pocket watches at this period and, with the loss of their premises in the London blitz, this must rate as one of their very last examples - I know of only one that is  later, hm 1939.

The watch showing few signs of use, the bow still tight and the joint unstrained in any way, only the glass showing some minor scratches and the dial with the usual small and almost invisible hair crack into the sunk seconds bit. The box showing some wear. Cleaned for its previous owner and looks to be running well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted - my charge usually around £150