JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

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    JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    I have this JW Benson watch with an unusual dial, I think.
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    It has a silver case with London import marks for 1930.
    The movement works very well, accurate to within 1 min. per day. It is a 16 jewel patented lever movement with gold set jewels and a serial no. 680440. But I don't know what movement it is; can anyone help please ?
    I'm also unsure about whether or not to have the dial refurbished. I don't normally care for refurbished dials, but maybe this could benefit from some work.
    I would appreciate any guidance on this matter.

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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    I am a newbie but if it was me, i would have got the dial repainted, just to give it a cleaner look sp that i can wear it daily.
    1 min sounds pretty decent, given the age of the watch. Servicing can definitely bring it down to within 10 secs a day.

    I am particularly interested in the strap. That looks like original from the watch. is it ?

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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    I'm not sure what the movement is, but there's a resemblance to some Cyma calibres such as bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Cyma 030 - imagine the train bridge on yours being split into 3 fingers.

    Unless you were able to find a refinisher with dies for that particular dial pattern - and particularly those great numerals - you'd end up with a very ordinary looking watch. I'd leave it be.
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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    Unless you were able to find a refinisher with dies for that particular dial pattern - and particularly those great numerals - you'd end up with a very ordinary looking watch. I'd leave it be.
    +1...I would not touch the dial.

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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    The strap is certainly old and worn with a worn chrome buckle. But, I would doubt if the leather had survived being worn since 1930.
    I cannot even guess at it's age. The strap has no markings on it at all, no name, etc. and it has 2 new keepers.

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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    Marrick is on right track-this is Tavannes,but cal.12'''-1.Like that dial.Rgds!
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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    Thanks, I have another 1940s Benson with a Cyma Tavannes signed movement, so the two companies were linked.
    Pardon my ignorance but what is the significance of ''' as part of the cal. no. ?

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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    The ''' sign indicates the size in lignes - an old system of measurement : Ligne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: JW Benson 1930; what is the movement & should I refurbish the dial ?

    That's a great looking dial...

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