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Code: bennett silver pw
Silver BENNETT Gent's Open Face Pocket Watch
English London 1891
South African Railway Interest – Bulawayo
Issue numbered 10000
A silver John BENNETT open face pocket watch, hallmarked for London 1891. This pocket watch is made by the famous John Bennett. (See history underneath). This pocket watch has a South African railway interest.
DIAL: The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals with outer minute divisions. The dial has blued hands and a subsidiary second’s dial at the six. The dial is signed: “Sir John Bennett Limited, London”.
MOVEMENT: The English fully screwed movement has blued screws. The original Bennett movement is in great condition as it has just been serviced by my watchmaker; however, we cannot guarantee accuracy for an antique watch. The movement is signed: " Sir John Bennett Ltd, 65 Cheapside, London" and numbered: 10000.
CASE: The pocket watch lies in a silver case with a beautiful decoration with a monogram. The inner side of the case is hallmarked for silver London 1891 with the casemakers initials AB and numbered: 10000. The cuvette is decoratively signed: “Sir John Bennett, 65 Cheapside, London”. The inner side of the case is decoratively engraved: “Presented by T.P. Staples To Geo. Truslove, Opening Day Bulawayo Railway 4th November 1897”
Diameter: 50 mm - Total Weight: 122.3 g.
Made in England - 1891.
History: Sir John Bennett, son of watchmaker John Bennett and Elizabeth Sinnock, was born October 10, 1814, in Kent, England. When his father died, he took over the family jewellery and clock making business with the help of his mother. He became very successful and moved from his shop on Stockwell Street in Greenwich to his soon-to-be famous shop in Cheapside, London, in 1847. He became the biggest retailer of Swiss watches. His activities led to the foundation of the British Horological Institute.