J. W. Benson/Smiths steel and chrome vintage wristwatch, sold in 1954
A steel and chrome manually wound wristwatch with two-tone dial and Benson box and papers
Although branded by J. W. Benson, this watch was made for Benson by Smiths and is powered by the calibre 400 which was manufactured in England by Smiths at their Cheltenham factory. The handsome silvered dial has a higher sheen satin finish to the chapter ring which produces a two-tone finish to the dial. At the base of the dial, the engine-turned subsidiary seconds is recessed into the dial plate. The chromed upper case has faceted down-turned lugs and the snap-on case back is made of steel. There is some rubbing to the chrome finish on the exposed angles of the lugs’ facets.
Accompanied by a J. W. Benson box (the lid to the card box has separated from the base of the box) and certificate which bears Benson’s stock number for the watch and date of sale in 1954. On removing the base of the box that came with this watch, we discovered the rather sweet poem shown below, which presumably must have been given, along with watch, as a present.
[M] Smiths calibre 400 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 16 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered dial, the chapter ring with high sheen satin finish and with Roman and lozenge shaped indexes, black outer minute track, recessed engine-turned subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands [C] chromed upper case with chamfered bezel and angled down-turned lugs with fixed bars, snap-on steel case back [S] case, dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 33mm
Length including lugs: 40mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 9mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 16mm
This watch has been fully serviced and overhauled and is sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate.