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Date/Report Number ….010112-446XXY74 Item 1967 STEEL SINGLE CASED BENRUS ULTRA DEEP
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Description of item: VINTAGE   1967 STEEL SINGLE CASED BENRUS ULTRA DEEP SELFWINDING
666 FEET WITH BENRUS EG 13 MODIFIED AS 1986 25 JEWEL INCABLOC WITH STUNNING
YELLOW & BLACK LEATHER SPORT STRAP 34 X 38 MM

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $999.00


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1967
STEEL SINGLE CASED
BENRUS
ULTRA DEEP
SELFWINDING
666 FEET

WITH

BENRUS
EG 13
MODIFIED
AS 1986
25 JEWEL
INCABLOC

WITH

STUNNING
YELLOW & BLACK
LEATHER
SPORT STRAP

34 X 38
MM


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THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland; With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army,  the US Navy entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company, and it's Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new dive watch.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 MODEL LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE BULOVA 333 FEET AND 666 FEET DIVE WATCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH WAS IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A].

IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO PRODUCED THE  TR-900 DIVE WATCH.

THE  TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING  AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

ABOUT 1000 TR-900'S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING 1964 & 1965 AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC 666 DIVE WATCH FOR COMMERCIAL SALES AND WERES AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX.

IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST AUTOMATIC WATER PROOF, ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.



BY 1964-1967, DIVE WATCHES WERE IN HIGH DEMAND. ESPECIALLY AUTOMATICS. AND, WITH A WET HOT HUMID VIETNAM WAR BUILD UP--- THE PX WAS A HOT MARKET.

[NOTE: ALL THE WATCHES SHOWN WERE RESTORED BY ROCK]

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BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC. BOTH WERE INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER...I FACT, THEY MADE MORE SALES AND MONEY THAN BLANCPAIN, WHO HAD TAKEN OVER THE BULOVA CONTRACT AND UTILIZED ALL THE MAIN FEATURES OF BULOVA RESEARCH IN PRODUCING THE US MILITARY DIVE WATCH!

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WALTHAM [ABOVE], ANOTHER LONG TIME US MILITARY WATCH DEVELOPER,  FOLLOWED WITH THEIR OWN MODEL WHICH WAS LARGER THAN THE BULOVA, ZODIAC OR ELGIN... 

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ELGIN, WHO HAD SUPPLIED US MILITARY WATCHES SINCE WWI. RELEASED THERE OWN VERSION WITH STRAIGHT DROP LUGS, MEDIUM BEZEL IN A SMALL CASE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ELGIN WWII CASES. IT WAS ONLY LARGER DUE TO THE BEZEL.


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AND, FINALLY, WE HAD BENRUS. BENRUS HAD, BY BEATING OUT BULOVA, ACTUALLY WON THE FIRST MAIN CONTRACT FOR MILITARY ISSUED VIETNAM SERVICE US ARMY AND AIR FORCE WATCHES AND ALSO A MILITARY DIVE WATCH. THEY WOULD INTRODUCE THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS. AT THAT TIME, DUE TO ITS SINGLE CASE DESIGN AND THE SIMPLY BEZEL WITH ELGIN STYLE LUGS, IT BECAME A HIT WITH THE GI'S. BUT THEY TOOK ANOTHER STEP. TO MAKE THEIR DIVE WATCH STAND OUT, THEY INTRODUCED A LIMITED  25 JEWEL INCABLOC MODEL. THEY UTILIZED A 25J A.S. EUBACHE  AND A ETA 17J ROTOR ASSEMBLY TO PRODUCE THE LIMITED SELFWINDING ULTRA DEEP 666 FEET.


THIS OFFER IS FOR  A
ULTRA DEEP
666 FEET
MODEL
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WHEN ROCK SAW THIS BEAUTY HE HAD TO
INVEST ... IT IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, ONE
OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE
DIVE WATCHES.


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THIS IS A
TOTAL RESTORATION
28 HOURS

WHITE LUME
MARKERS

WHITE PAINTED
SECONDS HASHES

SIGNED
BENRUS
ULTRA DEEP
SELFWINDING
666 FEET

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MINT CONDITION
ORIGINAL
ALL STEEL
ONE PIECE CASE
WITH
STEEL
ROTATING BEZEL
WITH
GOLD
NUMERALS
AND
MARKERS

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ATTACHED IS AN
ALL SPORT
YELLOW AND BLACK
TOP GRAIN
LEATHER STRAP

[NOTE 18MM]

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WIDE WHITE PAINTED STEEL
DIVE HANDS
WITH
LUMECENTERS

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ARROW SECONDS
IN
GOLD

MATCHING
BEZEL
MARKERS
&
NUMERALS

AND

WHITE LUME

MATCHING DIAL
AND
HANDS

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34 X 38
MM

WITH
18MM LUGS

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LUMINATION PERFECT

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THIS IS A ONE PIECE
STEEL CASE
NOTICE LONG
STEM TUBE
ALLOWS THE CROWN
TO SIT OFF CASE


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ALL STEEL CASE
ONE PIECE CASE
SIGNED
BENRUS
DUSTPROOF
WATERPROOF
SELFWINDING
STAINLESS STEEL
OPEN THRU CRYSTAL



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CROCK WAS LOOKING FOR
A WATCH THAT WOULD
FIR THIS RARE STRAP

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YOU CAN PLACE
ANY
18MM STRAP
ON
THIS CASE

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MINT CASE


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PERFECTION
THIS MOVEMENT
IS A 25 JEWEL
WELL MADE
AUTOMATIC
21600 a/H
THE MOVEMENT PLATE
[1965]
IS SIGNED
25 JEWELS
THE WEIGHT
[1967]
17 JEWELS

THEY WERE ASSEMBLED LIKE THIS IN  THE FACTORY

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THE PENDULUM WEIGHT ON THIS
MOVEMENT IS MARKED/SIGNED
17 JEWELS
THE WATCH ACTUALLY HAS
25 JEWELS
AS MARKED SIGNED ON
TOP MOVEMENT PLATE

THEY WERE ASSEMBLED LIKE THIS IN  THE FACTORY
BENRUS
MODIFIED

1965
AS 1986
25 JEWEL

Features
automatic
sweep second

Data
11.5''',
Dm= 25.6mm,
Do= 26mm
H= 5.25mm
25 jewels
f = 21600 A/h
power reserve 42h

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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