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JW Benson "The Ludgate Watch"

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I have a Benson Ludgate key set pocket watch, the silver case is hallmarked for London 1890, serial No. 70937.

I understand that Benson at the time had 3 main watches, The Field. The Ludgate, and The Bank.  Some say the Bank was the best, other say the Field, any ideas which was considered to be the top line?

About this time(1890) the Ludgate went keyless.

My watch has two known problems, the balance jewel is missing,( the bit that operates the "English lever" under the balance wheel) and the main spring winder is solid, not just fully wound with a little give, but rock solid!  The watch does not tick when shaken.

How do I remove this mechanism from the case?

There appears to be two releasing screws, but turning them has no effect.

If it's a simple job to remove the jewel from the cogs, and refit in the right place, I might have a go, other than that it will have to be looked at by a more knowledgable person than I.

 

Bod

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Front bezel popped off, using a little pressure on the movement from the back.

Movement came out freely, all very clean, no dust or fluff. Could not see anything that looked wrong, the winding mechanism appears to be mainly between the main frame and dial.  Way beyond my skill set/pay scale!

Is this watch worth being set away?  Or is it only worth the scrap value of the silver case?

 

Bod

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Checking sold prices on eBay any where between about £40 & £250 depending upon condition for one that actually ticks. Scrap silver is about 28p per gram for sterling. I guess it depends on how much you paid for it and what you want to do with it. 

In good condition and fully repaired and serviced you may be able to expect the higher end of the sold price range but with the potential cost of the work you may not make much profit.

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The watch was found whilst clearing my late fathers house, I'd never seen it before, and have no idea how he got it, or when.  The 1890 date doesn't tie in with any family history, a mystery.

I have now had the works out of the case, absolutely clean inside, no dust or fluff, the winding mechanism appears to be between the dial and main frame, way beyond my skill at present.

Are there any good books for the repair of this type of watch?

 

Bod 

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