J. W. Benson Solid Gold Trench Watch

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J. W. Benson Solid Gold Trench Watch

#1 Post by mrtoad » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:45 pm

A colleague has recently acquired a trench watch in an 18K case, with swivel lugs. The case back and bezel screw on. The dial is marked "J. W. Benson, London". There are no maker's marks on the 15J movement, but the case has a hallmark. He thinks it strange to see a case of this sort in full 18K gold.

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We would appreciate any help you can give with this watch.

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Re: J. W. Benson Solid Gold Trench Watch

#2 Post by SFC » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:43 am

the movement is cyma tavannes cal. 586 don't know anything about the case

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Re: J. W. Benson Solid Gold Trench Watch

#3 Post by C. Hurt » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:13 pm

The movement is by Cyma-Tavannes, as SFC mentioned. There should be a reference number stamped in the pillar plate, likely in the balance wheel well.

The case is a so-called "semi-hermetic" made by Aaron Lufkin Dennison, hallmarked in Birmingham. The date letter appears to be a capital M, which would indicate 1935-36 production, which is rather late for a case of this style, though not unheard of in the conservative English market. The style of hands would be correct for a 1930s watch, but the porcelain dial is an earlier style.

18 karat gold would not be unusual for an "officers watch". Remember that the UK did not have a comparable standard to 14K, recognizing 9 and 18 karat instead. Benson was and still is a well known high end jeweler, and an upscale client would have certainly been comfortable with an 18k case.

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#4 Post by GLADIATOR » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:18 pm

nothing to add
Cary summed it all up

Hands and dial are lumed!
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Re: J. W. Benson Solid Gold Trench Watch

#5 Post by mrtoad » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:33 pm

Guys, I'm most grateful to you for all your help. This information is exactly what my colleague needed.

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