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J.W. Benson, London
A GOLD HALF-HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH 1904, NO. 155
Estimate
8001,200
JUMP TO LOT
70
J.W. Benson, London
A GOLD HALF-HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH 1904, NO. 155
Estimate
8001,200
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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J.W. Benson, London
A GOLD HALF-HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH 1904, NO. 155
Movement: gilded three-quarter plate with going barrel, ratchet tooth lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, signed and numbered Best London Make, By warrant to her Majesty the late Queen Victoria, J. W. Benson, 62 & 64 Ludgate Hill, London, No. 155
Dial: off-white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands, double spade hour hand to allow for viewing through glazed aperture, signed J.W. Benson, London
Case: plain gold case, the front with glazed aperture surrounded by blue Arabic numerals and minute ring, the back centred with a crest in the form of a wolf's head, plain gold cuvette engraved W. Perry W. Woodward, covers and cuvette hallmarked for 18ct gold, London 1904, with maker's mark JWB in oval cameo for James William Benson and numbered 1250
diameter 50mm
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James William Benson (1826-1878) was a watchmaker and retailer who established a highly successful business in London during the second half of the 19th century. Initially producing English made watches, the company also began making watches using Swiss movements that were otherwise of similar external appearance, but priced lower than their English counterparts. Bensons came to increasingly rely on Swiss imports, especially during the 20th century and the firm continued to trade until 1973.

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 443, pl. 287

The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, George Daniels 20th Century Innovator

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