All-English watch with best quality movement and black dial, circa 1960.
Chromed case with 'waterproof' screw-on back. Smiths classic '12.15' movement upgraded to their best finish with 18 jewels (12.18). Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance with Smith's best quality overcoil balance-spring. Black dial with gilt batons and matching gilt hands. 33 mm diameter. Together with original red Benson box.
James Walter Benson, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London’s premier retailers of good and top quality watches from before the 1880’s. Benson was the leading English retailer of Smiths watches for which Smiths supplied their better movements and some unique designs. 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.
The watch in fine original condition, the original finish to the dial showing almost no age toning, the case plating just starting to show some loss. The velvet lined box also in fine condition. On new/old stock black leather strap. Winding and working OK but not serviced by me and priced accordingly
NB: Please also note that although this case style was sold as waterproof all Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.
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