J W BENSON ‘Best London Make’ London. No O.8486


£ 1,995.00

Top quality pocket watch by this famous London firm, a rare late caliper.

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Nicely detailed 18ct gold openface ‘crystal’ case with 'thief proof' swivel bow, hallmarked London 1925, sponsor's mark JWBLd (Benson). Three-quarter plate keyless movement jewelled to the centre, with hard brass setting for the barrel. Double-roller detached lever escapement, the lever of 'tuning fork' pattern, as often associated with best London work. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil and fine adjustment regulator. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hands. 46 mm diameter. Together with its original makers velvet and silk lined leather box, and  J W Benson chain if wanted.

James Walter Benson ‘by Warrant to H M the Queen,’ London’s largest and most energetic watchmaking and watch retailing firm of the second half of the 19th and the first half of 20th centuries. The firm added a letter prefix to their numbering sequence starting in 1910.

NB: The post-war period and into the 1920's saw the rapid take-up of the wristwatch for everyday wear and a consequent lessening of the use of pocket watches other than for special occasions and formal wear. The use of slimmer smaller 'dress' watches was at its height at this period and some firms, like Benson, offered smaller and slimmer watches that could more easily be worn in the lighter weight waistcoats then in fashion. 

This is a fine and unusually well appointed example of the type and I show it with a lovely 18ct gold pocket-to pocket curb link JW Benson chain of the same period which is in almost mint condition. It is the correct weight and colour for the watch, weighing 26 grams, and is priced at £1500 if purchased with the watch.

The case showing a few signs of use but no previous engraving or dedication and the button with a small loss of its gold shell. Otherwise in fine original condition and, due to its size, very easy to wear. The box in good condition but showings some signs of its age, now nearly 100 years old. Serviced and guaranteed.