SMITHS No C198L, for J W BENSON, London, their 'Presentation' watch


£ 495.00

Stylish all-English watch, complete with retailers box.

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3-piece 9ct gold case hallmarked Birmingham 1960, casemaker ALD (Dennison). Smiths best quality '12.15' movement finished with an additional jewel at the centre and endstones in a steel setting on the escape, 18 jewels in total (12.18). Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape. Monometallic balance with Smith's best quality Berylium balance-spring with overcoil. Silvered dial with applied 18ct gold batons and dots, original gilt hands. 31.5 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with J W Benson velvet lined box.

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. 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.

The dial showing some age toning, but this is fairly even and looks very good on the wrist, even if it does not look so good in my photographs which do not do the dial justice. Otherwise the watch and box in good original condition showing only minor signs of use, and the case back without any presentation inscription. On near contemporary new/old stock light brown open-ended leather strap, but please note that the watch has spring bars so any modern strap can be fitted. Serviced and guaranteed.