The Vintage Wrist Watch Company
The Vintage Wrist Watch Company is located in PERSHORE, UK
Gents 9ct Gold Cyma Wrist Watch for J W Benson
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The watch has a Swiss 15-jewel (three adjustments) hand-winding movement which is working nicely. The movement has been identified as a Cyma piece. The watch measures 22mm wide excluding the winding crown and 33mm high excluding the lugs. The case is 9 carat gold and there are hallmarks inside the hinged case back for Birmingham 1935 with a case maker’s mark for Aaron Dennison. The Dennison Watch Case Company was based in Birmingham and they supplied many watch makers with cases. The convex lens has a couple of light scratches but you have to look quite closely to see them. The dial is signed with the name of the original retailer of the watch, J W Benson of London. J W Benson originated in 1847, founded by James William Benson and Samuel Suckley Benson. They were regarded as one of Victorian London’s most prestigious retail jewellers and they also manufactured their own watch movements. The company flourished and proudly boasted an elite client base made up of both British and European royalty and a selection of well heeled industrialists and business figures 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. J W Benson also supplied watches to Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. As with many watch manufacturers, J W Benson embraced the newly introduced wristwatch during the first World War. Up until this point, the company was still manufacturing its own movements in the Uk but after its factory at Belle Sauvage Yard was hit during a bombing raid in 1914, it purchased mechanisms from a number of quality movement producers in Switzerland, including Cyma. From a collector’s point of view, both the British and Swiss made J W Benson movements are desirable and comparable in quality. There is some age related darkening to the dial but still very easy to read the time. Blued steel hands, a subsidiary seconds dial and an outer minute track. A new leather strap has been fitted. The watch comes in a new presentation box. All of our watches are checked over before listing, and are also checked for accuracy which is usually within around +/- two to three minutes over 24 hours (unless otherwise stated), which is considered respectable for a vintage watch. We are a Vat registered company and all purchases are covered by Consumer Regulations. Credit / debit card purchases can be made over the telephone on 01386 750238 or you can proceed via the red Buy Now button on each listing page. We are an on-line only business and do not have facilities for callers. Our offices are open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. With regards to appraisals / valuations, we receive a huge number of information requests each day and unfortunately do not have the manpower to deal with them all individually. Our advice would be to contact a local auctioneer for a full appraisal.
The Vintage Wrist Watch Company has clarified that the Gents 9ct Gold Cyma Wrist Watch for J W Benson (LA369992) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1935
The case is in good condition, just some unevenness to the case back but not too serious.
UK postage only for this item. Postage price included
This Gents 9ct Gold Cyma Wrist Watch for J W Benson is located in PERSHORE, UK