English J.W. Benson 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, gold 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 stem winding 15 Jewel movement made for J.W.Benson by Revue 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 with some vey slight unevenness to back of case which does not detract from this handsome watch. This is a very good looking vintage English Sterling pocket watch.
Watch comes with a very handsome heavy sterling silver chain With stunning enamel fob at 54.6 gr The single Albert chain is hallmarked on each link with lion passant and fob is very beautiful with a red enamel crown surrounded by a blue enamel ring with words justice, truth, philanthropy on sterling silver. Back of fob hallmarked and has inscription and date. Chain is is 30 mm long (12 inches) and a 10 mm drop (2 inch) for the fob.
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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