J W BENSON, London. 1937 'Coronation' wristwatch


£ 695.00

A fine complete example, in original gold tooled box with medal, etc.

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English 9ct Dennison two-piece jointed case with fixed lugs hallmarked Birmingham 1936/7, the rear engraved with the Royal Cypher commemorating the rather hurried Coronation of King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lion on May 12th, 1937. 15-jewel Swiss movement. Straight line detached lever escapement with polished steel club-tooth escape. Monometallic balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed silvered dial, blued-steel hands. Length, not including lugs, 29 mm, width, including button, 28 mm. Together with the original silk and velvet lined box, the top of which also bears the Royal Cypher, containing an official coronation medal, plus a receipt from Benson mentioning that the watch was supplied with its medal - the only example I have ever seen.

James Walter Benson, then at 25 Old Bond Street, one of London’s premier retailers of good and top quality pocket watches from around 1850 and wristwatches from around 1900. Benson made their own wristwatches for a short time from around 1910, the manufacture of which did not survive the great depression of the early 1930's. Benson remained the leading English retailer of Swiss watches. 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. 

A rare complete example of this just pre-war watch, showing general signs of use but mostly in very good condition. On new/old stock 'Crococalf' open-ended leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.