J W BENSON LONDON SMITHS DENNISON AQUATITE CASED WRISTWATCH C 1953 2
This is an interesting watch in that Smiths seem to have allocated the dial design to J W Benson, that was actually used on the Everest expedition, the seconds track is a unique pattern to the Everest watches, and you cant seem to find it on a Smiths signed product. The dial is not too bad, and the case top has suffered as usual. This is the thicker type of Dennison Aquatite with the signature inside. 33mm case with screw in back, serial number 106707. Most Benson watches have signed cases, but when found in this type of case, only the Dennison marks as used as on the Smiths of the period. The movement is a Smiths Deluxe upgraded with an additional centre jewel and has the dust cap with the cruciform cut-out. 16 jewel frosted gilt English movement with polished escapement and flat anti-magnetic hairspring. Higher quality Benson balance assembly balance than in a regular Smiths. Circa 1953. The Vintage 2 piece strap in the pictures have since been changed. Fully overhauled, excellent timekeeping. Although the watch appears very worn, it has a warm pleasant vintage appearance in keeping with the period.