A very rare mint condition gun-metal cased hi-grade 19-jewelled quarter repeater cased pocket watch by the famous watch-makers, J. W. Benson of London, the Royal Watch Makers. This is a beautifully made keyless-wound gun-metal cased pocket watch, min superb condition with its original gun-metal Albert pocket watch chain, dating from 1890.
The watch and repeater have just been fully overhauled and a report prepared by my watch-maker which will be supplied with the watch, he was very impressed with the condition and build quality for a 110 year old watch.. The watch with a slide operated in the case at the 6 o'clock position, for the quarter repeater.
THE DIAL: 10% mint, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with no chips or hairlines. The dial with fine blue steel hands. Diameter is 42 mm and signed J W Benson of London. The crystal is also in excellent condition and retained securely.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely finished nickel plates and a satin steel Bosley regulator, and shiny steel screws. A cut two arm bimetallic balance, with hairspring and club tooth lever escapement. The movement of good quality and with 19 jewels, held in position in chatons. The movement is very fully signed and of very superior quality; "Made in Switzerland.
THE REPEATER: 100% mint, with finely finished plates . The repetition is pushing the slide in the case-band, and winding is achieved through backwards and forwards turning of the crown. At 12.45, the hour hammer, chimes 12 times on a single gong; this is followed by three ting-tangs on both gongs. The repeater train has been fully overhauled and works throughout the day in perfect synchronisation with the watch hands.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the substantial gun-metal case measures 53 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both with invisible hinges and these close nice and tightly. The inner dust cuvette closes nice and snugly. The back cover and case band in crips condition, very unusual to see.
THE ALBERT CHAIN: 100% mint, the gun-metal chain in excellent condition, still retaining much of its original finish and in crisp and good order. The watch comes with a new wooden presentation box to store the watch when not in use.