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Date/Report Number …..120111.Y'I0.04 Item: 1968-VIETNAM-ISSUE-BENRUS-MIL-W-3818B
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1968 VIETNAM ISSUE BENRUS MIL-W-3818B WITH CUSTOM ILLUMINATED ORIGINAL DIAL AND CUSTOM 21 JEWEL 8215 MIYOTA AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT WITH NATO STYLE G-18  NYLON MILITARY GREEN STRAP WITH KEEPERS  CONDITION IS FINE.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 499.00


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CUSTOMIZED
VINTAGE
1968
VIETNAM ISSUE
BENRUS
MIL-W-3818B

WITH

CUSTOM ILLUMINATED
ORIGINAL DIAL

AND

CUSTOM
21 JEWEL
8215
MIYOTA AUTOMATIC
MOVEMENT


WITH

NATO STYLE
G-18  NYLON
MILITARY GREEN STRAP
WITH KEEPERS

THE HISTORY

OK. I KNOW YOU WANT THE STORY ABOUT  THIS   AUTOMATIC" VIETNAM ISSUE 1968  MIL-W-3818B WITH FULL ILLUMINATED DIAL

FOR ALL YOU WATCH LOVERS, THERE WERE NEVER EVER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTED AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCHES FROM 1930 THROUGH 1980. NO BENRUS, HAMILTON OR WESTCLOX WERE AUTOMATICS. MOST WERE 7 TO 17 JEWEL HACKING THROW ALWAYS.

THE BENRUS MIL-W-3818B'S SHORT LIFE   UTILIZED A BENRUS 17 JEWEL HACKING MOVEMENT IN A WITH SINGLE CASE DESIGN LIKE THE WYLER.

THE INVESTMENT

IN ANY CASE, A FEW WEEKS AGO DENISE ...

*** FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT KNOW DENISE, SHE IS MY WIFE AND THE PERSON WHO ASSURES YOUR WATCHES COME WRAPPED LIKE DIAMONDS, THAT I GET YOUR MESSAGES AND KEEPS ME BUSY & ON SCHEDULE WHILE HANDLING EVERYTHING!  LOL ***

  .... WAS BROWSING THE BAY LOOKING FOR WATCHES FOR   AND CAME ACROSS A  1968  MIL-W-3818B. SHE WAS SITTING ACROSS THE WAY FROM ME AND SAID, "I FOUND A 1968 MILITARY WATCH FROM NAM"

I ASKED HOW MUCH AND SHE SHOT A PRICE OUT. I SAID GO FOR IT

THE ARRIVAL

I WAS IN THE SHOP WHEN THE WATCH ARRIVED. I OPENED THE BOX AND SAW THAT THE CRYSTAL LOOKED WEIRD. UPON PICKING THE WATCH UP I FELT IT HAD A ROTOR.. SAY WHAT? AN AUTOMATIC.. NAH.. NO WAY

SO, NOT ONLY WAS THE MOVEMENT WRONG, THE CRYSTAL  DIAL   AND HANDS WERE VIETNAM OR CHINESE FAKES.

I THEN WENT TO THE CP AND PULLED THE AUCTION UP AND SAW TO MY AMAZEMENT THAT A TOP RATED PO SELLER FROM AUSTRALIA WHO SELLS TONS OF MILITARIA AND "WATCHES" --HE HAS MORE LISTED-- HAD LISTED THE WATCH AS A "RARE" GENUINE AUTOMATIC AS IF HE WERE AN EXPERT.

-- I HAVE SINCE INFORMED DENISE NOT TO INVEST IN GOVERNMENT ISSUED MILITARY WATCHES WITH THE WORD AUTOMATIC ---

IN ANY CASE, I REALIZED THAT SHIPPING THE WATCH BACK WOULD COST ME 30.00 AND I SIMPLY AM SO TICKED OFF I DECIDED TO MAKE SOMETHING FROM NOTHING.

THE CUSTOMIZATION

THE CROWN AND PARKERIZED STEEL  CASE WERE GENUINE.  I HAD A GENUINE NEW SPECIAL FONT DIAL, HANDS AND A CRYSTAL FOR THE BENRUS MIL-W-3818B . SO I DISASSEMBLED THE WATCH TO DISCOVER A NICE MIYOTA 21 JEWEL AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT.

NOW, JAPANESE MOVEMENTS WERE UTILIZED IN US GOV ISSUE WATCHES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR . IN FACT A SEIKO 17 J AND JAPAN D-407 7 j WERE TOP CHOICE , SO OVERHAULING THE 21 JEWEL MIYOTA  SEEMED TO BE A GOOD IDEA.

AS I WAS SAYING, I HAD AN ORIGINAL BENRUS DIAL WITH THE ORIGINAL FUTURA/GOTHIC STYLE FONT FIRST UTILIZED ON THE MIL-W-3818B  SERIES. WHAT IF I WERE TO MAKE THIS BENRUS MIL-W-3818B NOT JUST AN AUTOMATIC, BUT ILLUMINATED THE ENTIRE DIAL. THAT IS, CUSTOMIZE THIS DIAL WITH RAISED LUME EVERYTHING!

THE FINAL PRODUCT

WHAT I HAVE CREATED HAS ALL ORIGINAL PARTS EXCEPT THE MOVEMENT. BUT NOW A LUCKY INDIVIDUAL CAN OWN AN ORIGINAL VIETNAM SERVICE 1968 BENRUS MIL-W-3818B WITH AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT AND AN ORIGINAL DIAL WITH FULL ILLUMINATION. AND I MEAN FULL. THE NUMERALS ARE RAISED LUME. THE MARKERS ARE LUMINATED THE 24 HOUR IS FRESH AS FRESH CAN BE. THE HANDS ARE ILLUMINATED,

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THE
ROCK & ROLL
CUSTOMIZED
1968
BENRUS
MIL-W-3818B

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WHAT AN AWESOME DIAL
THIS ORIGINAL BENRUS DIAL
IS NOW
ROCKED * ROLLED

TRIANGULAR POINTERS
RAISED LUMED LIKE NEW

NUMERALS
WITH
PROPER FONTS
NOTICE THE 9 AND 6
NOW RAISED LUMED
THE 24 HR NUMERALS
FRESHLY RESTORED

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THE HANDS ARE NOW
RE-ILLUMINATED

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THIS IS WITH LIGHTS ON
IN THE DARK THIS DIAL LIGHTS UP

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PARKERIZED STEEL CASE
DEC 1968

 

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ORIGINAL CROWN


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OA NYLON G-18 NATO STYLE
STRAP WITH KEEPERS

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4 KEEPERS ON THIS STRAP

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VERY NICE
AND
AN AUTOMATIC

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I SHOULD SHOW THE CRYSTAL
THAT CAME ON THIS TIME PIECE
IT WAS HORRENDOUS

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LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD

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CASE WAS IN
EXCELLENT CONDITION

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STUNNING
DIAL
1968
BENRUS MILITARY
WITH
AUTOMATIC OPERATION
AND
FANTASTIC VISIBILITY



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The Miyota 8215 is a non-hacking twenty-one (21) jewel movement with a unidirectional winding system (left rotation) with an accuracy of -20 to +40 seconds per day, and a power reserve of over 40 hours. The diameter of the movement is 26 mm and the thickness is 5.67 mm. It beats at 21,600 BPH. The Miyota 8215 is used in such brands as Camel, Citizen, Dugena, Festina and Invicta and is comparable to the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement . The Miyota is a 21,600 BPH or 6 beats per second (3 Hz).

1977
ball-bearing rotor

Features
automatic
sweep second


Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm
H= 5.2mm
(5.67mm with rotor screw and dial ring)
21 jewels
f = 21600 A/h
power reserve 45h

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & RUNS IN ALL MODES

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