J.W. Benson



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* James William Benson founded the company J.W. Benson in 1847. Throughout its history, J.W. Benson Ltd was official watchmaker to the Admiralty & the War Department and also held a number of royal warrants, being watchmakers to Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, the Tsar of Russia and several other royal families. During World War II the factory was bombed, destroying thousands of timepieces and from this point on the company no longer manufactured its own watches, but still continued as a retailer. The timepieces bearing the company name used high-quality Swiss movements supplied by manufacturers such as, Vertex (Revue), Cyma/Tavannes, Longines and by the English maker, S. Smith & Sons. J. W. Benson Ltd continued until 1973 at which time the name was sold to the Royal jewellers, Garrards.


* This particular model can be dated to approximately the early 00's, so at some point the name J.W. Benson must have been revived and a number of watches were released displaying the famous English name on the dial. This revival sadly did not last as there is no current information on the name. This watch, however has been manufactured to a very high quality, housing a top grade ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement, which some consider to be as good a quality as the Rolex 3135 movement, a highly polished 34mm steel case and attractive black dial with applied markers. Clearly a lot of thought was put into the manufacture of this watch but sadly the brand failed to resurrect itself.

Movement: Automatic with Date

Case: 34mm, Stainless Steel

Dial: Black

Glass: Sapphire Crystal

Water Resistance: 3 ATM

Manufacturer No: 619.0308