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Date/Report Number …..051212R5BY.04 Item:  VINTAGE 1972-1974 BENRUS CLINTON DIVE
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1972-1974 BENRUS CLINTON EARLY SWISS QUARTZ WORLD TIME ZONE DAY DATE DIVE WATCH

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $495.00


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VINTAGE
1972-1974
BENRUS
CLINTON
EARLY SWISS QUARTZ
WORLD TIME ZONE
DAY DATE
DIVE WATCH

40 x 44

[*ONLY A FEW TINY TINY TINY MARKS ON CRYSTAL]
[**FINISH IS AFTER MARKET BY ROCK]

WITH

2 JEWEL
SWISS
QUARTZ MOVEMENT

WITH

BEAD FINISH
STAINLESS STEEL
CASE
&
BRACELET

WITH

ALL LINKS

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.Founded in New York City in 1921, Benrus Watch Company was an American company created by three Romanian immigrant brothers. "BENRUS" was a combination of one of the brothers first and last names: BEN"jamin laz"RUS". by 1923, the Lazarus brothers acquired the trademark Benrus from the Swiss federal office for intellectual property. Originally the company watch headquarters were located in the Hippodrome building on 44th street in Manhattan were watches were "put together" and the bulk of the actual movement manufacturing in a Benrus factory in la Choux de Fond, Switzerland.

Due to the fact that all Swiss watches and parts were controlled by Swiss laws and cartels or combined companies, parts makers provided Benrus with parts and, in some circumstances ebauche - which they then assembled or upgraded. to overcome this fact and the fact that swiss parts and assembled watches were being penalized through US Customs duties, Benrus would found a factory in Waterbury CT where they made the cases for Benrus watches and then in late 1950 to early 1960, Benrus opened factories in France, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands.

NOTE: During the Vietnam War, Benrus won a military Contract over Bulova and the rest of the US companies. For part of this contract, Benrus would buy Japanese Seiko Movements...

Production steadily expanded throughout the 1940's with a boost during WWII when Benrus manufactured watches for the various servicemen and woman who served as well as nurses and other professions. Like most other watch makers, timing devices for use in bombs and weapons were also produced.

By the 1950's, Benrus designers went to work fashioning top grade,luxurious watches in Gold and with Diamonds. Due to their strong relationship with the Swiss cartel, and their market share after the war, Benrus was able to invest in the latest high quality Swiss and German watch movements and ebauche movements.

Designs from 1947 to 1959 were the best ever completed by Benrus and Benrus watches from these same years are the most sought after by Collectors.


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BENRUS MANUFACTURED WATCHES
IN FRANCE TO DEFEAT THE US IMPORT DUTIES
ON SWISS PARTS AND WATCHES.

THIS AWESOME ALL STAINLESS STEEL
BENRUS
CLINTON
IS AM EXAMPLE OF THAT FACT

WITH
DUAL COLOR DAY DATE
W/QUICK CHANGE DATE
ILLUMINATED DIAL
24 HR MILITARY TIME
A
WORLD TIME
AND
DIVING
COMBINATION
BI-DIRECTIONAL
ROTATING BEZEL
GLASS CRYSTAL
IT IS A WONDERFUL FIND

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THE ALL
STAINLESS STEEL
BEAD FINISHED
CASE AND  BEZEL
OFFERS A BEAUTIFUL
NON-REFLECTIVE LOOK

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THIS
NON-GLARE
BEAD FINISH
MAKES
STAINLESS STEEL
LOOK
FRESH AND WONDERFUL

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NOTE THE FLAWLESS CASE
FLAWLESS BRACELET
FLAWLESS
INNER AND OUTER BEZEL


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YES
DIAL IS ALSO IN AWESOME CONDITION

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CRYSTAL HAS A FEW TIN TINY TINY MARKS
MORE FROM HANDLING OVER TIME

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THE BENRUS CLINTON IN THE LIGHT OF A SUN DRENCHED DAY!

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ROCK'S SELF BUILT CUSTOM BIKE #40 IN 45 YEARS
ALSO DOUBLES AS SUMMER TIME WATCH HOLDER
FOR CURING CRYSTAL UV CEMENT.
THE SUN ALWAYS WORKS FASTER THEN HIS TWO UV LIGHT SYSTEMS
NOTE MOTORCYCLE IS NOT PART OF OFFER

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NOTE: HELBROS PILOTS CHRONO FROM 1945 IS NOT PART OF OFFER

THE CLINTON HAS A GLASS CRYSTAL WITH NEOPRENE SEAL SO IT WAS NOT
DRYING BUT WAS IN ROCK'S POCKET SINCE LAST NIGHT AND HE DECIDED
TO TAKE PICTURES OF THIS MINTY MINTY MINTY
SECOND GENERATION SWISS QUARTZ DRIVEN BEAUTY

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NOTE THE CLINTON CASE/BRACELET DOES NOT REFLECT THE LIGHT
LIKE THE HELBROS STEEL CASE AND DEPLOYMENT

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NOTE THE JUNGHANS IS NOT PART OF OFFER

AT EVERY ANGLE THE BEADED FINISH KEEPS THE BENRUS CLINTON
LOOKING FANTASTIC AND PROTECTS  THE STEEL FINISH BETTER
THAN  A HIGH LUSTER FINISH

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MAGNIFIED CLOSE UP OF BENRUS CLINTON IN THE SUN
THE BEAD FINISH MORPHS LIGHT BACK ONTO ITSELF

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MILLIONS OF MICRON RIDGES ABSORB LIGHT BY REFLECTING
THE LIGHT ONTO ITSELF. THE COLOR IS MAGNIFIED
RATHER THAN THE LIGHT THROUGH THE DURABLE AND EASILY REFINISHED
BEADING. IT LOOKS LIKE TITANIUM W/O THE TITANIUM LIMITATIONS & PROBLEMS
OF SEVERE SCRATCHING, PITTING AND THE DIFFICULTY OF   REFINISHING

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LOOK AT THE CLASP. THE CLASP BETTER DEMONSTRATES THE PRINCIPLES
OF BEAD FINISHING ON DIVE AND MILITARY WATCHES WITH STAINLESS STEEL
CASES AND BRACELETS. THE CARBON FINISHING, BLACK PVD AND OTHER COATINGS
DO NOT LAST, REFINISHING EASILY RUNS 500.00 AND ONCE SCRATCHED THERE
IS NO REPAIR OPTION BUT FULL RESTORATION.

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I WAS HARD PRESSED TO DISCOVER
ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THIS GREAT FIND

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NOTE OUTER BEZEL IS TWO BEZELS
SILVER INNER SIDE IS DIVING/TIMING
BLACK OUTER IS WORLD TIME

THEN YOU HAVE
THE BLUE MILITARY TIME BEZEL

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THIS CASE HAS AN AWESOME
TOUGH EASY TO CORRECT IF DAMAGED
BEADED FINISH

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EVERY PART OF STEEL
IS COMPLETELY NONE REFLECTIVE

SMOOTH
AND
AWESOME LOOKING

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EVEN STEEL CROWN MATCHES

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A PLASTIC PROTECTIVE COVER WAS PLACED TO
PROTECT THE FACTORY SIGNING WHEN BEADING

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ILLUMINATION IS STILL THERE

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TRITIUM WAS USED WHEN THIS
BENRUS CLINTON WAS MADE

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THE STEEL SCREW DOWN
CASE BACK IDENTIFIES THE MAKER
SIGNED
BENRUS WATCH CO

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THIS MOVEMENT IS A SECOND GENERATION

SWISS 2 JEWEL QUARTZ

MOST QUARTZ ARE NON-JEWELED

HIGH END COMPLICATED QUARTZ MAY HAVE 2 TO 29 JEWELS
DEPENDING ON AMOUNT OF STAFFS AND HANDS
THE TAG SPLIT SECOND CHRONO ROCK COMPLETED LAST MONTH HAS 29

MOVEMENT SIGNED

CLINTON
MADE WITH SWISS PARTS

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CONDITION
-*MINT **ORIGINAL CONDITION-
[*ONLY A FEW TINY TINY TINY MARKS ON CRYSTAL]
[**FINISH IS AFTER MARKET BY ROCK]
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME


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