J. W. Benson/Smiths Ref. A.503 gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1955
A 9ct yellow gold manually wound wristwatch
Although branded by J. W. Benson, this watch was made for Benson by Smiths. This model, with the same dial configuration and case design was listed in a contemporaneous Smiths catalogue as a Ref. A.503. The watch is powered by the calibre 400 which was manufactured in England by Smiths at their Cheltenham factory. The 9ct yellow gold case was also made in England by the specialist case makers Dennison and although this is also signed by J. W. Benson, it is again identical to that used by Smiths for their ‘in-house’ Ref. A503.
[M] Smiths calibre 400 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 16 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] champagne dial, chapter ring finely engine turned and with Roman and lozenge-shaped numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, outer black minute track, blued steel hands [C] 9ct yellow gold circular case, chamfered bezel, angled down-turned lugs, snap-on case back [S] dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 31mm
Length including lugs: 38mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 9.5mm
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.