ENGLISH J. W. BENSON sterling silver open faced lever pocket watch in excellent running condition. White enamel dial is in perfect condition and signed. J.W.Benson, being one of the most prestigious watchmakers and jewellers of Victorian London and watchmakers to royalty. The dial has Black Roman numbers, black spade pointers and subsidiary seconds at number six position as well as an outer minute track make for this great looking dial. The watch has a key winding and key setting 15 Jewel sparkling movement made by J.W.Benson.
. Engraved on the Watch plates is “ THE ENGLISH LEVER WATCH BEST LONDON MAKE “ along with the address in London of J W Benson in scroll writing. The case is sterling silver and is fully hallmarked on both the back case and the inner movement cover. 50 mm is the diameter (2”). The outer case is in good condition and is plain and smooth. This is a very good looking vintage English Sterling pocket watch. Antique key is provided.
JW Benson originated in 1847 founded by JW Benson and Samuel W Benson. They were regarded as one of Victorian London’s most prestigious retail jewellers, and they also manufactured their own watch movements. The boasted an elite client base consisting of both British and European royalty and including the King of Siam, the King of Portugal, the king of Denmark, the Emperor of Japan, the Tsar of Russia and the King of Greece. JW Benson also supplied watches to Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales.
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