VERY RARE J. W. BENSON 18K GOLD HALF HUNTER CIRCA 1902 WITH BOX POCKET WATCH
This fine English pocket timepiece comes housed in a heavy,half hunter 18K gold case which measures 51mm in diameter.It has London hallmarks for 1902 & it also has the J.W.B. Ltd case stamp.
The case shows nice even pocket/handeling wear,it has a couple of very minor shallow dings,but generally speaking,this case is still in a very good allround condition for a watch of this vintage.The hallmarks are still crisp & clear,the replacement bow is firm,all hinges are good,all covers snap shut & the front cover release button is functioning correctly.
This case has been fully cleaned & polished,we have also fitted this watch with new crystal.
The original enamel dial is mint with no chips or hairlines.It is signed JW Benson London & it has black Roman numeral hour markers with chapter ring on the dial perimeter,it also has a sunken subsidiary dial for the sweep seconds register.
This watch retains its original double spade & poker style,blued steel half hunter hands,which are a vivid cobalt blue colour.
This watch has a J.W.Benson 3/4 plate English lever movement with going barrel,it has fire gilt plates with blued steel screws,15 jewels,2 chatons,bi-metallic split compensated balance,blued steel hairspring with Breguet overcoil & polished steel regulator.
The top plate is clearly signed Best London Make, X5516. J.W.Benson 62&64 Ludgate Hill London.