MADE CIRCA: 1913
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 53mm
During the late 19th century London was home to several prestigious watch making houses. Not only that, but one could find case and dial makers that excelled at their art, Often, these craftsmen would collaborate and, the watches that they made were exceptional. One of these companies was JW Benson.
Founded in 1847 by James William Benson and his brother, Samuel Suckley Benson, the company specialised in clock and watch making and were highly regarded gold and silversmiths. An advert dated 1880 proclaims that they are 'manufacturer of gold and silver watches of every description, construction and pattern'.
JW Benson were the official watchmaker to the Admiralty & the War Department and also, held a number of royal warrants such as watchmakers to Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales and the Tsar of Russia.
While the partnership of the brothers eventually dissolved, the company was thus handed down to James William Benson's sons James, Alfred and Arthur.
JW Benson's production of their own timekeepers came to an abrupt end during WWII when their factory was bombed, destroying thousand of pieces however, the company continued as a retailer of prestigious Swiss brands of the day such as Vertex, Cyma, Longines and, another English watchmaking company - S.Smith & Sons.
- The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 takes place in Washington, D.C.
- Woodrow Wilson succeeds William Howard Taft as President of the United States.
- Harry Brearley invents stainless steel in Sheffield, England.