Early all-English wristwatch in original box, in fine original condition.
2-piece 9ct rose gold case hallmarked Edinburgh 1949, casemaker BWC (British Watch Cases). Smiths 12.15 movement upgraded for Benson with added jewel at the centre (12.16). Double-roller detached lever escapement with polished steel escape, the monometallic balance with 'Chronovar' non-magnetic compensating balance-spring. Two-tone silvered 'deco' dial, original blued-steel hands. 32 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with original velvet lined, blue 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. Benson’s catalogue of circa 1958 gives a price of £21/5/- for this 9ct gold 'Ludgate' 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.
Watch in fine original condition showing just a few signs of age, the case with no previous presentation engraving, on contemporary new/old stock brown leather strap. The box showing some wear. Presently being fully and properly serviced by one of the best Smiths specialist watchmakers, and will come with my usual guarantee.
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