SMITHS, Cheltenham. No B9439, for J W BENSON, London


£ 295.00

A good English pocket watch of the post-war period, the last of their type until George Daniels.

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Silver openface Dennison case hallmarked Birmingham 1955, the dome with presentation engraving to: J F HARDY from Richard Hodgson & Sons Ltd. Smiths pocket watch sized version of their '12.15' wristwatch caliber, in split three-quarter plate gilded form. St-line club-tooth lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance, Beryllium balance-spring. Enamel dial at the bottom of which is MADE IN ENGLAND, in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter. 

Smiths, formerly S Smith & Son, the last manufacturers of English made pocket and wristwatches prior to the work of George Daniels, Roger Smith and others. For a short history of their post-war production (1945-1970), see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on Smiths 'English Wristwatches' in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting.

James Walter Benson, London's most important watch retailer from before the end of the 19th century, sellers and manufacturers of good and top quality watches, clocks, etc.

The Birmingham based firm of A L Dennison, originally set up by Aaron Dennison, one of the founders of the American watch industry, the most important English manufacturer of machine-made watch cases  - see the book by Philip Priestley, Aaron Lufkin Dennison. An Industrial Pioneer and his Legacy, copies of which are usually available on this website.

The case showing just a few signs of age, otherwise a very good example of its type, and with the benefit of an enamel rather than a printed dial as mostly found on these watches. Cleaned for its previous owner and working well.