A mint and substantial solid silver pocket watch made by the Royal Watch Makers, J. W. Benson of London in the mid-19th century, dating from the American Civil War Era. The watch is ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time, recently cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. This unusual 12 size watch in a very high quality fully engraved solid silver slim L'Epine calibre case and very pretty polychrome dial, so clearly made for someone with a deep pocket when new, approximately 160 years ago. This is a beautifully made key-wound man's or ladies pocket watch, dating from ca. 1860, from the mid-Victorian period. The watch is clearly marked silver. The watch is in full working order and comes complete with a key for winding and presentation box.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the the stunning polychrome enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals in bright condition with no hairlines, or chips. The dial with gold cartouches around the numbers and signed "J W Benson of London". Dial with blue steel spade hands in excellent and original condition. Diameter is 32 mm. The period glass is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely mercurial gilded plates and finely engraved balance cock, in very bright and crisp condition. A shiny blued steel Bosely regulator, and a substantial ruby endstone setting. All the fine blued steel screws are in superb order with no damage. A large gilded balance, showing little wear. The movement with lots of nice features such as a clean and uncluttered appearance with the plates in very clean and unmolested condition, and the gilding still fresh and crisp. The watch is much brighter and crisp than in these dark photos, which are limited by my camera and lighting equiment. The watch is in very good working order for its age. The watch is key-wound, comes with a watch key and set through the back for winding and via the central square for hands-set also through the rear cover.
THE CASE: 100%, the the solid silver case measures an impressive 37 mm outside diameter and the complete watch weighs a substantial 33 grams. The hinges lids are in excellent order with all the covers all closing tightly, and the bow is original and tight to the case. The watch with sterling silver stamps and case number of 730 and silver inner dust cuvette. The original top pendant and bow also in stunning condition. The case band and front and rear bezels with raised finely ribbed profiles to edges. This is a high quality case, with deep and rich engraving to the case back and all over the case band, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.