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Date/Report Number …..032613.FNUYY.04 Item:  960 BENRUS CIVILIAN PROTOTYPE FOR THE VIETNAM SERVICE ISSUE BENRUS SINGLE CASE
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Description of item: ALL STAINLESS STEEL MINT CONDITION 1960 BENRUS CIVILIAN PROTOTYPE FOR THE VIETNAM SERVICE ISSUE BENRUS SINGLE CASE DESIGN MILITARY WATCH WITH BENRUS SWISS MODIFIED ROSE GOLD GILDED 17 JEWEL SHOCK PROTECTED ETA 2370 WITH BLACK SILICONE DIVE STRAP AND STAINLESS DOUBLE FOLD-OVER DOUBLE PUSH BUTTON RELEASE DIVE DEPLOYMENT OR LEATHER CUFF 33.9 X 39.9 MM W/O CROWN

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $799.00


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ALL STAINLESS STEEL
MINT CONDITION

1960
BENRUS

CIVILIAN PROTOTYPE
FOR THE VIETNAM SERVICE ISSUE
BENRUS SINGLE CASE DESIGN
MILITARY WATCH

WITH

BENRUS
SWISS MODIFIED
ROSE GOLD GILDED
17 JEWEL
SHOCK PROTECTED
ETA 2370

WITH

BLACK SILICONE DIVE STRAP
AND STAINLESS DOUBLE FOLD-OVER
DOUBLE PUSH BUTTON RELEASE
DIVE DEPLOYMENT

OR

LEATHER CUFF

33.9 X 39.9
MM
W/O CROWN

 

  HISTORY

THIS BENRUS WATCH SERVED AS A PROTOTYPE FOR THE FAMOUS BENRUS U.S. GOV. ISSUED MIL-W-3818. WHILE YOU MAY VIEW THE MIL-W-3818 GOV SPEC SHEETS ON OUR SITES, IT WAS BENRUS WHO SUPPLIED THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE MIL-W-3818. TAKE A LOOK SEE AT THE PHOTOS AND INFO WE SUPPLIED. NOTE THAT THE SINGLE CASE WITH TWO PIECE STEM AND CROWN, PIONEERED BY WYLER WATCH CO. IN THE LATE 1920'S, IS EXACTLY LIKE THIS OFFER. AND NOTE THAT THAT THIS TIME PIECE IS A BENRUS FROM 1960.

THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE.

BULOVA PROTESTING TO THE MILITARY CONCERNING THE AWARD OF THE FIRST EVER VIETNAM MILITARY WATCH CONTRACT TO BENRUS!  BULOVA WAS OUT OF THE MIX AFTER BEING A MAJOR SUPPLIER FOR THE A-11 [AND OTHERS] IN WWII/KOREAN WAR.

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A GIANT LEAP IN JUNGLE BUSTING SINGLE CASED WATCH SYSTEMS

A ONE YEAR TOUR OF DUTY "IN COUNTRY" - A PLACE CALLED "THE NAM", MEANT A YEAR OF SWELTERING JUNGLE CONDITIONS AND MONSOONS.
GOVERNMENT ISSUED WATCHES HAD TO BE DESIGNED BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE.  OF ALL THE COMPANIES THAT SUBMITTED PROTOTYPES AND ASSISTED IN DEVELOPING CASE & MOVEMENT DESIGNS WAS THE SWISS BENRUS WATCH CO.  IN FACT, BENRUS WOULD MAKE/PROPOSE THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTION: A SINGLE CASED STEM DESIGNED TO RESIST THE ELEMENTS, BE DURABLE, AND TO LAST. THUS BENRUS BEAT THE COMPETITION & WAS AWARDED THE FIRST CONTRACT.

BENRUS WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS ENDEAVOR BY BUILDING A CIVILIAN WATCH THAT HAD NEARLY ALL THE CASING DESIGNS THAT THE MILITARY DESIRED LONG BEFORE THEY WERE REQUESTED. THOUGH   NEAR EXACT FEATURES FOR THE BENRUS MIL-W-3818 CAN BE FOUND IN BENRUS  MODELS DATING FROM THE LATE 1950', IT WAS THE 1960 SINGLE CASE SYSTEM THAT WON THE BUCKS,,,

 

MODEL IS A 1960 DIVE QUALIFIED SINGLE CASED VERSION. ALSO- AT BOTTOM WE DEMONSTRATE THE SIMILARITY OF MILITARY ISSUE MOVEMENTS AND THE MOVEMENT IN THIS MODEL

IMG_7919.JPG (120942 bytes) AAABIMG_7863.jpg (164369 bytes) 1968 BENRUS ALL STEEL WATER RESISTANT PX/R&R ISSUED MILITARY WATCH. NOTE SIMILARITY OF THIS OFFERS 1960 CASE.
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NOTE SINGLE CASE SYSTEM
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1950  STEEL CASED BENRUS MILITARY WRIST WATCH WITH
ETA 1080, USE OF ETA MOVEMENTS BY BENRUS DATES FROM WWII


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SINGLE STAINLESS STEEL CASE
NO REMOVABLE BEZEL
CRYSTAL IS PRESSED INTO CASE
STEM IS TWO PART
ACCESS IS THROUGH CRYSTAL

YOU PULL THE CROWN OUT
USE A PULLER TO LIFT THE SELF SEALING PLASTIC CRYSTAL
THE MOVEMENT IS THEN LIFTED OUT OF THE CASE

PRODUCTION COSTS ARE TWICE AS LOW AS SCREW BACKS
WATER RESISTANCE IS 5 TIMES BETTER THAN SINGLE STEM WITH SCREW BACK

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1960
BENRUS
SHOCK ABSORBER
WR


SINGLE CASED
WITH A FINISH LIKE THE
DOXA 300T DIVE

[CASE BACK FEATURED TWO ITEMS STAINLESS AND WATER RESISTANCE]


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WITH
BLACK NUMERALS

12  2  4  6  8   10

AND

WHITE DIAMOND MARKERS

  1  3  5  7  9  11

AND

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ROLEX DIVE STYLE HANDS
HOUR/MINUTE
IN BLACK
WITH NEW
**ILLUMINATION

SWEEP MINUTE HAND
IN
GOLD
WITH

ILLUMINATED CIRCLE


**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA™
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT



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11 HOURS OF RESTORATION OVER A SIX DAY PERIOD  ENDING DECEMBER 21 2012 AT 9 PM

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THIS BENRUS IS IN MINT CONDITION

THE CASE IS
WITHOUT A DOUBT
PROFESSIONALLY DETAILED
IN EVERY WAY

I BRUSH FINISHED UPPER
CASE LUGS BEZEL

AND
POLISHED THE LOWER SIDES TO MIRROR

 

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ORIGINAL BENRUS SIGNED CROWN

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NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT THIS BENRUS
EVERY ANGLE IS SUPERB
UN-BLEMISHED
AND
STUNNING

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CASE BACK IS JUST LIKE THE LATER
BENRUS PX/R&R MODEL

[THOUGH THEY HAD MORE "SELLING" INFO!]

CASE BACK IS PART OF CASE
ONE PIECE
IT IS
SIGNED

BENRUS
WR
[WATER RESISTANT]
STAINLESS STEEL
OPEN THROUGH CRYSTAL

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NOTE NICE CASE PROFILE
SEE THE FINISH?
BETTER THAN T WAS WHEN BRAND NEW

AMAZING

33.9 X 39.9
W/O CROWN

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SIGNED CROWN

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HANDS ARE AWESOME

I WANTED TO
ILLUMINATE THE WHITE MARKERS

BUT THEY WERE NOT
ORIGINALLY ILLUMINATED

YEA, I KNOW. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE
I NEVER LET A WATCH DICTATE TERMS
BUT I ALWAYS TREAT MINTY WATCHES

AS THAT, MINTY

AN
ORIGINAL AS POSSIBLE

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REMEMBER

YOU MAY REQUEST

A LEATHER STRAP
AND WE HAVE 18 STYLES
OR

ALLIGATOR CROCODILE LIZARD OSTRICH SHARK

[ FOR A COST UPGRADE FEE ]

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IF YOU DESIRE A STRAP CHANGE
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE INVESTING

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THIS
SILICONE STRAP IS COMFORTABLE
DOES NOT "SWEAT" LIKE RUBBER

THE ATTACHED STAINLESS
PUSH BUTTON RELEASE
WIT FOLD-OVER CLASP
STRAP
IS
AWESOME

 

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ALL STAINLESS

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THE DEPLOYMENT
IS ACTUALLY
DESIGNED TO LOOK
FANTASTIC

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SIMPLE TO ADJUST


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EASY TO REMOVE
EASY TO PLACE & BUCKLE

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" VINTAGE TIME RE-MADE IN AMERICA™"

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HOW I ACQUIRED THIS WONDER
IS A WONDER

PURCHASED A BOX OF
1958 - 1962
WATCH PARTS

IT LAY AROUND 6 MONTHS
DENISE FOUND THE WATCH
IN A MASS OF OLD STRETCH TWIST BANDS

THE ORANGE WAS FADED

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THE CASE WAS BRUISED

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BUT ALL IT TOOK
WAS SOME HARD WORK

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POLISHING

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MAKING SURE PARTS MESHED

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A CORRECT NEW CRYSTAL

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BRUSH FINISHING

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ADDING DIAL TO AN OVERHAULED
AND REPAIRED MOVEMENT

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ADDING RELUMINATED HANDS
AND
REPLACEMENT SWEEP SECONDS HAND

NOTE THAT THE MOVEMENTS FOR THE LATER MILITARY ISSUED BENRUS MIL-W-3818 IS SIMILAR TO THIS 1960 BENRUS
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DTU-2A/P FOR THE  VIETNAM ISSUED BENRUS  MIL-W-3818 DTU-2F2 FOR THE  VIETNAM ISSUED BENRUS  MIL-W-3818






 

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OVERHAULING THIS ROSE GOLD GILDED MOVEMENT

BENRUS

[HIGH FINISH VERSION OF FUTURE DTU-2A/P]

BENRUS WATCH CO. INC
SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS
SWISS

ETA 2370 BASED
NOTE SCREW-LESS BALANCE
1960 MODEL
[ FAMILY BELOW ]

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm, Do= 26.0mm
H= 4.2mm
F= 1.2mm
T= 2.1mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 46h

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FOR APPRAISAL

Family:
2370: manual wind
2372: like 2370
2373: manual wind, date
2375: automatic
2377: automatic, date, 13'''
2378: automatic, date
2379: like 2375
2380: like 2375
2381: like 2378

**option Triostat regulator: unit with three adjustment features: precision adjustment for speed and regulator pin-width, as well as mobile stud carrier differences 2370, 2372 not kno


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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT TO FINE- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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