Benrus Types I and II

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Benrus Types I and II

Post by koimaster » February 2nd 2022, 12:30pm

During the Vietnam War, the US Military contracted Benrus to design and build new dive watches, specifically for covert operations. These watches had to be stealthy, legible, and durable; Benrus delivered in spades. What they came up with was the Benrus Types I and II, military specification MIL-W-50717. These watches would go on to be worn on the wrists of CIA agents, Navy SEALS, and Green Berets throughout the Vietnam War, making the Types I and II some of the greatest US military dive watches ever made.

The watch’s minimalist and basic design exemplifies “form following function”. A robust, automatic 17 jewel modified ETA 2620 movement is housed in a 40mm, bead-blasted, one piece steel case, and topped with a 3mm thick acrylic crystal. Although the case was designated as “one piece”, it was actually two pieces, and featured a permanently press-fit caseback in an effort to increase water resistance. As a result, the watch was capable of reaching depths of over 1200 feet. Adding to its robust nature, the Types I and II are non-magnetic, which allowed divers to work with magnetic mines underwater. Finishing the look, Benruses were secured to the wrist with NATO straps, preventing any chance of the watch coming detached from the wearer’s wrist.

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Re: Benrus Types I and II

Post by Thunder1 » February 2nd 2022, 3:04pm

A nice watch..I like my re-edition..
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