20th October 2018 
Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S796f

Pemium Brand Swiss Watches

On this page are watches by some high profile brands, The IWC (International Watch Co.), Stauffer and various Swiss made watches retailed by J.W. Benson and by Stauffer.

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Unless otherwise stated all watches have 7 jewels are working, keep at least reasonable time for their age and wind and set correctly. Lids and bezels are secure, stay closed and where appropriate open when the button or crown is pressed. Any inscriptions, dedications or monograms (other than jewellers and makers marks) and any gold plate worn through to the core will either be shown in the photographs, described in the text or both. Movements carry a 12 month warranty as described under “Warranty info”.




Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S271f

J.W. Benson - Swiss made.

Their Swiss Keyless watches are almost all of very good to excellent quality and then as now commanded a premium price.

Benson sourced Swiss watches from a number of companies but the better quality ones initially came primarily from Longines / Baume with Revue Thommen appearing to take over after WWI and Tavannes in the 1930's with some from other makers in lower volume.

Revue Thommen made 15 & 16 jewel movements for Benson which are normally gilt and marked "Benson" on the movement, it is not unusual to find Benson dials on lower quality unmarked nickel plated movements and Dennison or Swiss cases but I suspect many of these were not made for Benson and have had a dial transplant.

 Benson Swiss Advert c 1935
Adverts in this section are from a Benson sales Catalogue c 1935
Clicking on the one above will take you to a gallery showing them in high quality.

You may find these Tavannes movements described elsewhere as being by their sister Coompany Cyma but I never seen a Benson with Cyma style plates. The production for Benson in size 12 & 16 were 15 or 16 Jewel in both open faced and hunter. There is a description of the range in the 1930s on my blog.

Movements by Revue and Tavannes from the 1920s and 30s are normally in English cases with Benson hallmarks although they bought these in, primarily from Benson Bros of Liverpool (no relation). An exception is during 1933/4 as explained in my blog post Benson movements in Dennison cases. Longines and some low volume products have third party makers marks, sometimes accompanied by the Benson mark, and pre WWI were usually engraved on the dust cover "Especial Examined by J.W. Benson" or similar.




Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S893f

S893. J.W. Benson (Longines), 15J, Cased, 1906.

The movement is a Longines either made completely by Baume & Co or finished by Longines from a Baume ebauche, they are variously signed by B&Co and / or by Longines, this one by B&Co, the exact relationship between the two companies at this time is unclear but was clearly very close.

The pin set movement has a split plate 15 Jewel movement with a Swiss Lever escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. Dated from the serial number to 1906.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S893 J.W. Benson (Longines) 15J 1906 Cased (20)

S893 J.W. Benson (Longines) 15J 1906 Cased (6)


The premium Swiss made double backed case with a gold hinge, has Swiss hallmarks for 935 silver and is stamped with the Benson mark. The case serial number is one different from the movement (in 1.8 million) so someone probably got the movement and cases mixed up, probably when the engraving was done. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal. The dust cover is engraved:

By Warrant to
H.M The Late Queen Victoria
Examined by
J.W. Benson
62 & 64 Ludgate Hill
LONDON
Swiss Made


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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. IWCF

International Watch Co. (IWC) & Stauffer

IWC were founded in 1868 and have always been in the business of making prestige watches, now they are one of the most collected, counterfeited and wrongly attributed brands. Although counterfeiting is not a particular issue with old pocket watches, miss-attribution is, particularly in the UK, this is because UK arm of the Swiss Stauffer company had the sole distribution rights for IWC in the UK and (by default?) the British "Empire", had trade marks, names and Logo's similar to the IWC and put them on the other makers watches that they distributed including those of Stauffer Switzerland, Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon (FHF), Eterna, Revue and others.

As IWC is the most prestigious brand anything with the Stauffer marks and trade name tends to get attributed to IWC, particularly on eBay! Many IWC watches are branded "Peerless" by Stauffer but so were watches by other makers which adds to the confusion. There is no point in plagiarising good work done elsewhere so google searches will provide more information (and at least some of it will be good!) alternatively this site by Michael Friedberg appears to be the best around for IWC pocket watches. There is a similar problem with those watches with the Swiss Stauffer marks as these were used on Stauffer made watches and those by others. There is an awful lot of information about Stauffer, their trade marks and history on David Boettcher's web site, linked here.


Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S902f

S902. Harrison (Stauffer) Kew Certificated, 15J, c1900

A quality movement by Stauffer and with the Swiss companies trade mark on the top plate and signed by Harrison & Son of Darlington on the dust cover. It is also marked "Key Certificated". It has 15 jewels, and a Swiss Lever escapement with a Breguet Sprung cut compensating balance with gold balance screws, Double Roller and micro adjustment. Crown wound and Pin set. It will most probably have been made around 1900. For more info see my Blog posting "A Rare and Interesting Stauffer".

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring and is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.

S902 Harrison (Stauffer) Kew Certified 15J c1900  (11)


The Swiss made double backed case has Swiss hallmarks for 935 silver. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

It is in final test and should be available from the 23rd October. £375 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. Next


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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S837f

S837. Stauffer "Peerless" (IWC Cal 58) 15J half hunter, 1904.

An early International Watch Co., Calibre (model) 58, approximately size 12), Lever Set (between 4 & 5 o'clcok) watch sold in the UK by Stauffer and branded the "Peerless" it has a 15 Jewel movement with a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The movement is signed with Stauffer marks on the top plate and under the balance cock. The movement is dated from the serial number to 1904.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged case has Swiss Hallmarks for 0.935 Silver. The IWC serial number dates it to 1904. The bezel is new, in silver and made especially for the watch. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new mineral glass crystals from old stock.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S821f

S821. Stauffer "Peerless" (IWC Cal 52), 15J, 1900.

An early International Watch Co., Calibre (model) 52, 18 Ligne (c size 14), Pin Set watch sold in the UK by Stauffer and branded the "Peerless" it has a 15 Jewel movement with a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and is equipped with functional More pictures on Zenfolio to control mainspring pressure. The movement is signed with Stauffer marks on the top plate and under the balance cock. The movement is dated from the serial number to 1900.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed case is clearly marked for 0.935 with badly rubbed Swiss Hallmarks just visible with magnification. The dust cover is engraved with the retailers name - "West & Son, Dublin". The IWC serial number dates it to c1901. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S799f

S799. J.W. Benson "Observatory Watch", 16J, 1938.

A Tavannes model 939 for Benson and signed by them on the dial and movement, it is crown wound and set with a split plate 16 Jewel movement which has a Swiss Lever escapement with double roller and Breguet sprung cut compensating balance adjusted for temperature. From my contemporary Benson Sales catalogue this model was marketed as "The Observatory Watch" and was at that time the top of the range of Swiss made standard pocket watches (excepting repeater, chronographs etc.) Note some marks on the barrel bridge (show in additional picture). Dated from the serial number to 1938.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.
S785 J.W. Benson Observatory Advert


The English made double backed, triple hinged, case has London hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1938 and the makers mark of J.W. Benson. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S843f

S843. J.W. Benson "City", 15J Half Hunter, 1933.

A Tavannes model 993 for Benson and signed by them on the dial and movement, it is crown wound and set with a split plate 15 Jewel movement which has a Swiss Lever escapement with double roller and an over-sprung Elinvar screwed balance. This is almost certainly that advertised in my contemporary Benson Sales catalogue as The "City" Watch . There is a description of the range in the 1930s on my blog which gives some more detail. Dated from the serial number to 1933.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1933 and the makers mark of A.L. Dennison who in 1933 was in the process of taking over Benson's case supplier (Benson Bros - no relation). It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new crystals.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S865f

S865. Stauffer (IWC Cal 57) for Drayton, 15J 1896.

An early International Watch Co., Calibre (model) 57, 19 Ligne (c size 16), Pin Set watch sold in the UK by Stauffer and usually branded the "Peerless". it has a 15 Jewel movement with a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The movement is signed with Stauffer marks on the top plate and under the balance cock. The movement is dated from the serial number to c1896.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S865 Stauffer (IWC Cal 57) for Drayton 15J 1896 (3)


The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged case has Swiss Hallmarks for 0.935 Silver. The dust cover is engraved with the retailers name - Drayton's Taunton", they were in a Victorian Gothic revival building in Fore St from 1892 and closed in the 1990s. I think I bought a wrist watch there in the late 60s or early 70s. The IWC serial number dates the case to c1896. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystals from old stock.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S883f

S883. J.W. Benson (Longines), 11J Key Set, 1893.

The half-plate Longines movement has 11 Jewel movement with a Swiss Lever escapement and an over-sprung cut compensating balance. Dated from the serial number to 1893. It is key wound and set from the back so it is much easier to use than a traditional English watch set from the front.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The dust cover is engraved:

Watch Maker by Warrant
to the Queen
Examined by
J.W. Benson
62 & 64, Ludgate Hill.
London
Swiss Made


The Swiss made double backed case has Swiss hallmarks for .935 Silver. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock. Also listed under "key set watches".

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S829f

S829. Stauffer (Revue), 15J, c1930.

A quality movement by Revue Thommen for Stauffer and with the Swiss companies SS&Co + 3 triangle mark on the top plate. This model is of higher quality than the average Revue with thicker gilding and screw set jewels on the top plate, similar to those supplied to J.W. Benson in the 1920s but with a different plate design. It has 15 jewels, and a Swiss Lever escapement with a Breguet Sprung cut compensating balance and Double Roller. Crown wound and set. It will most probably have been made sometime between the end of WWI and 1935.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring and is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed cases is marked as being pure Nickel. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.
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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S894f

S894. J.W. Benson "Greenwich" , 15J, Half Hunter, 1936.

A Tavannes model 938a for Benson and signed by them on the dial and movement, it is crown wound and set with a split plate 15 Jewel movement which has a Swiss Lever escapement with double roller and a Breguet Elinvar sprung screwed balance, adjusted for temperature. From my contemporary Benson Sales catalogue this model was marketed as The "Greenwich" Watch. Dated from the serial number to 1935 or 1936.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

 Benson  Greenwich Advert
The English made double backed, triple hinged, case has London hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1936 and the makers mark of J.W. Benson, but it was probably made for them by Dennison who by this date had bought out Benson Brothers (no relation) of Liverpool who had had a long term contract to supply J.W. Benson with cases. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two excellent mineral glass crystals.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S897f

S897. J.W. Benson (Revue), 17J Half Hunter, c 1925.

A 17 jewelled high grade size 16 model 31 movement by Revue Thommen of Switzerland and signed by them under the dial and by Benson on the dial and movement. It has a Swiss Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance, a double roller and micro regulator. There is no serial number to date it but it will be between 1920 and 1930 and earlier rather than later.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English double backed case is a "Sun" grade in 14 carat Filled Gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned, has an excellent mineral glass primary crystal and a new secondary.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S898f

S898. J.W. Benson (Revue), 17J Half Hunter, c 1930.

A 17 jewelled high grade size 16 model 31 movement by Revue Thommen of Switzerland and signed by them under the dial and by Benson on the dial and movement. It has a Swiss Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance and a double roller. There is no serial number to date it but it will be c1930.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English double backed case is a "Moon" grade in 10 carat Filled Gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned, has an excellent mineral glass secondary crystal and a new primary.

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Swiss Premium Brands: J.W. Benson, International Watch Co., Stauffer.. S900f

S900 Stauffer (Revue) 16J Half Hunter c1925

A quality movement by Revue Thommen for Stauffer and with the Swiss companies SS&Co + 3 triangle mark on the top plate. This model is of higher quality than the average Revue with thicker gilding and screw set jewels on the top plate, similar to those supplied to J.W. Benson in the 1920s but with a different plate design. It has 16 jewels, and a Swiss Lever escapement with a Breguet Sprung cut compensating balance with Double Roller and micro adjustment. Crown wound and set. It will most probably have been made sometime in the mid 1920s.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring and is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.

The English double backed case is a "Moon" grade in 10 carat Filled Gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned, has an excellent mineral glass primary crystal and a new secondary.

SOLD More pictures in Zenfolio.