Lot No. 251* (89th Auction)
J.W. Benson, 62 & 64 Ludgate Hill, London, By Special Warrants to H.M. the Queen and H.N.H. the Prince of Wales, Movement No. 2344, 54 mm, 164 g, circa 1898

A very fine, heavy, astronomical minute repeating half hunting case pocket watch with chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phase
Case: 18k gold, polished, inlaid radial Roman hours, gold dome, pusher for chronograph at "12", slide for repeating mechanism, case maker punch mark "FT" (Frederick Thoms). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, four subsidiary dials for auxiliary seconds combined with moon phase and lunar calendar, day, date and month combined with leap year indication, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, screwed chatons, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, blued balance spring, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

James William Benson
The English maker James William Benson came from a watchmaking family which had run its own company since 1749. Benson worked as a watchmaker from 1857 to 1887; around 1865 he began describing himself as "Watchmaker to the Prince of Wales". At the time the company was very well-established and offered a product range of pocket watches of all kind, complications, and pocket and marine chronometers; Benson used movements by Victor Kullberg, Mercer, and Usher & Cole amongst others. Clocks and church clocks were produced - the town hall of Portsmouth for example has one of Benson's clocks. Later Arthur H. and Alfred Benson took over the running of the company.
Source: "Watch-Wiki" - "James William Benson",, as of 03/19/2008
Estimate  22,000 - 26,000 €
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