SMITHS Batch No 608, for J W BENSON, London, their 'Presentation' watch


Rare best quality 18ct gold all-English watch in lovely condition.

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Stylish 3-piece yellow gold case with snap-on back and bezel, hallmarked Edinburgh 1952, 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 best quality overcoil balance-spring. Signed silvered dial with applied gold batons and dots, original gilt hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

James Walter Benson Ltd, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London’s premier retailers of good and top quality watches. A Benson’s watch catalogue of the period gives a price of £31/10/- for this rarely seen 'Presentation' model in 18ct rather than a 9ct case.

NB: 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. Please also note that 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 dial has been reprinted at some point and is crisp. The case back with no previous engraving. On new/old stock stitched pigskin leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.