J W BENSON LONDON TROPICAL SMITHS WITH THE CORRECT PATTERN NUMERALS FOR THE '53 HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION
J W BENSON TROPICAL SMITHS WITH THE CORRECT PATTERN NUMERALS FOR THE '53 HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION .
This is an interesting watch in that Smiths seem to have allocated the dial design to J W Benson, that was actually used by E.Hillary on the Everest expedition. The dial is tropical as they now say or toned, a couple of light patches. This is the type of Dennison Aquatite with the signature inside. 33.5mm case with screw in back, serial number 130797. Movement number 174385.
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 superior balance assembly, and has the dust cap with the cruciform cut-out. 16 jewel frosted gilt English movement with polished escapement and flat anti-magnetic hairspring. circa 1953. Fitted with a xxl parallel strap which can be worn on the outer garment, looking like a true expedition watch, or ask for a shorter one.