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Date/Report Number …..09-29-015-982 RK Item: daviroger.edwr9slrf  72 BULOVA DIVE SINGLE CASE CELEBRATE VIETNAM SERVICE ROCKED CUSTOM LEATHER CUFF  
 

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BUL0VA AND BENRUS WERE THE TWO COMPANIES THAT BATTLED FOR DOMINION
OVER THE WAR CONTRACTS FOR ISSUE WATCHES FOR THE TROOPS PILOTS AND NAVY.
PERSONAL BEFORE DURING AND AFTER THE VIETNAM WAR.

BENRUS WOULD WIN THE MAIN CONTRACT WITH THEIR SINGLE CASE DESIGN.

THE  NO MAINTENENCE FEATURE OF THE BASE US CONTRACT WAS MET BY ALL PARTICIPANTS,  SIMPLE 7 JEWEL MOVEMENTS HAD TO LAST TWO YEARS IN JUNGLE WATER JUMPING OUT OF HELO OR MUDDY WATERS

YET BULOVA WOULD DEVELOP THE DIVE WATCH WITH AUTOMATIC AND PLASTIC CRYSTAL
AND TURN IT OVER TO BECOME 10,000 TORNEK RAYVILLE UNITS FOR THE SEAL TEAMS IN THE VIETNAM BUILT BY THE BLANCPAIN/FIFTYFATHOM PEOPLE.

THIS BEAUTY, A BULOVA, VIETNAM ERA, WHILE NOT EITHER OF THE ABOVE INFULL, , UTILIZED THE TECHNOLOGIES ASSTATED ABOVE, SINGLE CASE, SPECIAL PLASTIC BOND CRYSTAL, MOVEMENT THROUGH CRYSTAL OPENING, THOUGH 17 JEWELHIGHER GRADE MOVEMENT, THIS BULOVA UTILIZED THE BENRUS SINGLE CASE DESIGN WITH A GREATER FEATURE, THE USE OF SPACE AGE ,ATERIALS FOR THE CASE. MATERIALS THATABSORB SHOCK BETTE THAN ANY MATERIAL UTILIZED IN ANY STYLE OF TIME PIECE TO THAT DAY.

NOT ONLY THAT, THE CASE WAS DESIGNED TO "THROW OFF" ANY ATTEMPT AST ACCUMULATION OF DIRT  IF USED IN-FIELD. A DRESS LOOKING WATCH THAT SCULD BE USED FOR DIVING AND FOR HUNTING AS WELLAS MILITARY POTENTIAL.

THE BULOVA CARAVELLE PLASTIC DIVEER WITH BOTH OF THE SEALING SYSTEM AND SHOCK SYSTEM; PLUS ADDED FEATURES SUCH AS NEW SPACE AGE CASING MATERIALS. IT IS RARE AND THUS THE ADDED 175.00 ONTO THE APPRAISAL.

 

INSURED VALUE:  500.00
[W/O THE HAND VIETNAM IN COUTRY CUFF STRAP 200.00
NOTE THIS IS APPRAISAL VALUE ]



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39.8 MM W/O CROWN
1972
BULOVA CARAVELLE
DIVE WATCH
VIETNAM WAR PROVEN
SYNTHETIC SINGLE CASE

UTILIZED IN GOV ISSUE TIMERS
COMPASSES  AND WATCHES

THE BEZEL IS REMOVED THE CRYSTAL IS LIFTED
THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL LIFTED OUT


EXACT AS THE FIRST VIETNAM MILITARY MIL-W-3818B ISSUE BY BENRUS
AND THE LAST VIETNAM USA MILITARY ISSUE

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90% OF ALL GOVERNMENT VIETNAM MILITARY ISSUE
WATCHES WERE SINGLE  CASE. BEGINNING
WITH THE BENRUS SUBMISSION

BULVA AND BENRUS WERE THE TWO COMPANIES THAT BATTLED FOR DOMINION
OVER THE WAR CONTRACTS FOR ISSUE WATCHES FOR THE TROOPS PILOTS AND NAVY.

BENRUS WOULD WIN WITH THEIR SINGLE CASE DESIGN. NO MAINTENENCE
SIMPLE7 JEWEL LAST TWO YEARS IN JUNGLE WATER JUMPING OUR OF HELO OR MUDDYWATERS

BULOVA WOULD DEVELOP THE DIVE WATCH WITH AUTOMATIC AND PLASTIC CRYSTAL
AND TURN IT OVER TO BECOME 10,000 TORNEK RAYVILLE UNITS FOR THE SEAL TEAMS IN THE VIETNAM

THIS BEAUTY, WHILE NOT EITHER OF THE ABOVE

HAS TECHNOLOGIES OF BOTH.

BENRUS SINGLE CASE
BULOVA PLASTIC DIVE CRYSTAL

BOTH OF THE TWO SEALING SYSTEM

PLUS ADDED FEATURES SUCH AS NEW SPACE AGE CASING MATERIALS

THE BENRUS COMPANY WAS THE REASON. THE FIRST SPEC SHEET
WAS ISSUED IN 1962. THE ONLY COMPANY TO WIN A CONTRACT
WAS BENRUS THEY SUBMITTED A SINGLE CASE SYSTEM WITH THE
  GUARANTEE REQUIRED BY MILITARY THAT EVERY TIME PIECE
WOULD LAST A MINIMUM 2 YEARS IN THE NAM W/NO SERVICE.
BENRUS WON A 10,400 UNIT CONTRACT FOR THE MARINES. BULOVA
ON THE OTHER HAND, CRIED FOUL BUT LOST AN APPEAL.
THE BULOVA WATCH COMPANY WOULD MOVE MILLIONS OF
333/666 DIVE WATCHES AS WELL AS THIS RARE BULOVA CARAVEL 

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BRUSHED CHROME BEZEL IS IN
EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION
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WITH
HAND DETAILED
LEATHER STRAP
QUAD SNAPS

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CASE VIETNAM MILITARY STYLE

BENRUS WON THE FIRST CONTRACT FOR 10,400 WATCHES FOR THE MARINE CORPS
THEN BULOVA COMPLAINED THAT THEY WERE NOT TREATED FAIRLY

THE BENRUS CONTRACT WAS WON MAINLY DUE TO THE BENRUS
CO STEALING THE WYLER SINGLE CASE DESIGN

THE BULOVA CO PRODUCED THIS DIVE ABOVE. PERIOD!! AS THEIR SINGLE CASE
VIETNAM OPERATE 2 YEARS WITHOUT SERVICE IN 1970
THEY WERE TOO LATE
THIS IS A EXTREMELY RARE WATCH

GO TO BOTTOM TO SEE THE ANSWER

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ABSOLUTE SINGLE CASE VIETNAM MILITARY STYLE

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THIS AWESOME FOUR COLOR DETAILED DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT
ORIGINAL CONDITION ONLY A FEW MINOR EDGE WEAR AREA
KEEP IT FROM BEING MINT

OVERHAULED
SIGNED
BULOVA 17 JEWEL
INCABLOC
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

SWISS MADE N 2 [1972] 7080 WATER RESISTANT
THE CASE DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY TOOL OR ATTENTION
BEZEL FITS OVER THE SYNTHETIC CASE
THE SAME MATERIAL THAT SURVIVED 10
YEARS IN THE JUNGLES AND WATER WAYS
OF VIETNAM LAOS AND CAMBODIA
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ROCK HAS 8 WORK STATIONS
ONE FOR WATCH REPAIR
ONE FOR LEATHER WORKS
ONE FOR CASE DIAL WORKS
ONE FOR FINAL FINISH WORK
ONE FOR JEWELRY/SOLDERING/WELDING/SETTING
ONE FOR MOVEMENT/PARTS CLEANING
ONE FOR BUFFING, PLATING/ELECTRO CLEANING
ONE FOR MWB DEVELOPMENT

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ABOVE VIETNAM 7.62 AMMO

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WWII MACHINE GUN ROUNDS

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VIETNAMESE FIGHTER IN THE NAM
UTILIZING 762 AMMO

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CHINESE [762] SKS

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The 7.6254mmR is the oldest cartridge still in regular combat
service with several major armed forces in the world. In 2011,
the cartridge reached 120 years in service. The 7.6254mmR
is currently (December 2013) mainly used in sniper rifles like
the  Dragunov sniper rifle and machine guns like the 
.30-06 Springfield cartridge (7.6263 mm), with its
higher service pressure and case capacity, can outperform
the  7.6254mmR, especially when same-length test barrels are
used in this comparison .The 7.6254mmR's case capacity prevents
it from reaching the most powerful .30-06 loads, but even with this
limit, it has been used to successfully kill large bears . Because of
performance similar to the iconic American .30-06 cartridge, a
similarly rich military and historic heritage, and amazing longevity,
the 7.6254 mmR is nick named "the Russian .30-06" by some
. It is also one of
the few (along with the .22 Hornet, .30-30 Winchester, and .303
British) bottle necked, rimmed center fire rifle cartridges
still in
common use today. Most of the bottleneck rimmed cartridges
of the late 1880s and 1890s fell into disuse by the end of the

First World War.

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THE AMMUNITION BELOW THE 762 IS FROM WWII

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THE AMMO HAS BEEN DE-ARMED

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THE STRAP CHOSEN ABOVE WILL GO THROUGH  6 STAGES

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N COLOR FROM POLISHES PAINTS DYE ARE PLACED AND REMOVED
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ADDING RIVETS

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Soldiers of Vietnam People's Army parading with SKS carbines.

USE OF 7.62 AMMUNITION

Russian Empire
Soviet Union
Russian Federation
Finland[1][dead link]
Warsaw Pact
China
Vietnam
North Korea
Cambodia
Laos
Cuba
Albania
United States
others

Boxer Rebellion
Russo-Japanese War
World War I
Russian Civil War
Soviet–Japanese border conflicts
Winter War
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Laotian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian-Vietnamese War
Soviet war in Afghanistan
Yugoslav wars
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Cambodian–Thai border dispute
Russia–Georgia war
Libyan Civil War
Syrian civil war
2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine
and many others

 

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THIS IS AN AWESOME CREATION
GOOGLE "GOLDSMITHWORKS ANYTHING"
ANYTHING SUCH AS

"TRENCH CONVERSION CUFF"

"IMPERIAL JAPAN"

"MILITARY WWII WWI KOREA OR VIETNAM"

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ROCK BUILT ONE WITH 4 BULLETS
GOOGLE IT.....

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IT TAKS [7] HOURS TO MAKE A STRAP LIKE THIS WHETHER YOU
USE AN EXISTING STRAP OR CUFF OR BUILD ONE FROM SCRATCH/
TO GIVE THIS STORY TELLER ON VIETNAM THAT TRUE FEELING AND LOOK
LOTS OF PANT, THEM DRYING THEN BUFFING IT OFF THEN AGAIN..


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SHE SITS UP ON THE STRAP
IT IS SIMPLE TO REMOVE FROM STRAP AND PLACE A STANDARD STRAP
TURN HER OVER, REMOVE THE SILVER/ALUMINUM FRICTION CLASP
PULL THE WATCH UP

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THERE ARE THREE SERIES OF DOUBLE SNAPS
SO, THIS WILL FIT 8 TOPS AND 6 OR LESS AT BOTTOM

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NOTE SPRING BARS
THE BLACK LEATHER IS
WHAT GOES THROUGH TOP THEN
IT IS PLACED ONE SIDE FORWARD
THE OTHER OVER WITH THE CLASP

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STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM IN COUNTRY VIETNAM
VETERANS:
* 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
(August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).
* 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March 28,1973).
* 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their generation.
* 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia
Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent
South China Sea waters).
* 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1,1965 - March 28, 1973).
Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.
GREEN BERET & /SUPPORT UNITS [MANY WERE CAPTURED & LISTED AS DEAD]
* Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close
support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
* 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.
* Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968).

CASUALTIES:
The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th Radio
Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.
Hostile deaths: 47,378
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez*** casualties).
Men who have subsequently died of wounds acco unt for the changing total.
8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA.
61% of the men killed were 21 or younger.
11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.
Of those killed, 17,539 were married.
Average age of men killed: 23.1 years
Enlisted: 50,274 22.37 years
Officers: 6,598 28.43 years
Warrants: 1,276 24.73 years
E1: 525 20.34 years
11B MOS: 18,465 22.55 years
Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
The oldest man killed was 62 years old.
Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every
100,000 males in 1970).
Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.
Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081
sustained multiple amputations.
Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in
WWII and 70% higher than Korea.
Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.
Missing in Action: 2,338
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity) -FACT IS THEY DO NOT KNOW FOR
MANY RULED KIA WERE CAPTURED
As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted
for from the Vietnam War.

DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS:
25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S.
armed forces members were drafted during WWII).
Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.
Reservists killed: 5,977
National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.
Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.
Actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.
Last man drafted: June 30, 1973
.
RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND:
88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%
(275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);
12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.
70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.
86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian;
12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.

Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time whe
n the percentage
of blacks of militar y age was 13.5% of the total population.
Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none --

6.7% SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS:
Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.
Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.
76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.
Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.
Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.
79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered
the military service. 63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high
school upon separation.
Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%; Midwest
-- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.

***
The Mayaguez incident took place between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the United States
from May 12–15, 1975, less than a month after the Khmer Rouge took control of the capital Phnom Penh
ousting the U.S. backed Khmer Republic. It was the last official battle of the Vietnam War. The names
of the Americans killed, as well as those of three U.S. Marines who were left behind on the island
of Koh Tang after the battle and were subsequently executed by the Khmer Rouge, are the last names
on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The merchant ship's crew, whose seizure at sea had prompted
the U.S. attack, had been released in good health, unknown to the U.S. Marines or the U.S. command
of the operation before they attacked. Nevertheless, the Marines boarded and recaptured the
ship anchored offshore a Cambodian island, finding it empty. It was the only known engagement
between U.S. ground forces and the Khmer Rouge.

 

 

 

CONT. NO.
GS-OOS-61940
SERIAL N0.
120960
DATE
FEB 1967

FED. STOCK NO.6645-066-4279
U.S.
MFG.PART NO.XZ73065
WRIST WATCH
DTU-2A/P MIL-W-3118B



THE KOREAN A-17 WAS THE SON OF WWII A-11
 
THE MIL-W-3118A WAS THE SON OF THE A-17

THE MIL-W-3118B  WAS THE SON OF THE MIL-W-3118A

HE
DTU-2A/P IS SEPARATE FROM MIL-W-3118B
OR
THE DTU-2A/P IS THE SON OF MIL-W-3118B


1943 ARMY NAVY E AWARD OUTSTANDING
PRODUCTION WAR MATERIALS



THE FOLLOWING IS THE US GOVERNMENT REPLY TO THE FAMOUS BULOVA LETTER  THIS WILL BE PART OF APPRAISAL –ALLOW SEVERAL WEEKS FOR LINK– IT HAS THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AS TO THIS VERY BENRUS

B-153564, MAY 4, 1964
TO BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, INC.:
FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 20, 1964, PROTESTING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY UNDER REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. AMC/A/36-038-64-490/NS), DATED FEBRUARY 7, 1964.

 THE RECORD SHOWS THAT IT WAS DETERMINED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AIR FORCE, NAVY AND ARMY, THAT SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818A, DATED MARCH 12, 1956, REQUIRED REVISION TO ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:

A. REDUCE THE VARIETY OF GRADES AND TYPES OF WATCHES.
B. ASSURE CONSISTENT QUALITY OF ITEMS.
C. ELIMINATE TESTING REQUIREMENTS OF ONE YEAR AND SUBSTITUTE IN LIEU THEREOF A GUARANTEE PROVISION.
D. INCORPORATE A NEW CASE DESIGN.

ACCORDINGLY, THE SPECIFICATION WAS FORMALLY REVISED ON OCTOBER 17, 1962, AND IS IDENTIFIED AS MIL-W-3818B.

 SUBSEQUENT TO THE APPROVAL OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, ALL SOURCES ON THE PREVIOUS QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, UNDER SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818A, WERE INVITED BY LETTER DATED DECEMBER 6, 1962, TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THEIR PRODUCT OF FRANKFORD ARSENAL FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING. UPON RECEIPT AND APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION AS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 104 OF THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED “PROVISIONS GOVERNING QUALIFICATION,” SAMPLES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO BE SUBMITTED. THREE FIRMS SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS AND SAMPLES DURING 1963, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., LONGINES-WITTNAUER WATCH CO., AND MATBEY-TISSOT WATCH CO., INC.

 HOWEVER, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., WAS THE ONLY SOURCE THAT SUCCESSFULLY MET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL. THEREFORE, THAT FIRM WAS FORMALLY NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1963, THAT THE SAMPLES SUBMITTED WERE APPROVED AND THAT ITS PRODUCT WAS LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST FOR SPECIFICATION MIL-F-3818B. THE OTHER TWO SOURCES WERE NOTIFIED BY LETTER OF NOVEMBER 21, 1963, THAT THEIR SAMPLES DID NOT MEET MINIMUM SPECIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

 ON THE BASIS OF MILITARY INTERDEPARTMENTAL PURCHASE REQUESTS FROM THE MARINE CORPS FOR A TOTAL OF 10,849 WATCHES, THE CONTRACTING OFFICER EXECUTED A DETERMINATION AND FINDINGS DATED FEBRUARY 2, 1964, AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 10 U.S.C. 2304/A) (10) AND ASPR 3.210.2 PROMISED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES REPORTED AS FOLLOWS:

“A. THIS WATCH IS A QUALIFIED PRODUCT AND THE TIME REQUIRED FOR TESTING WOULD UNDULY DELAY DELIVERIES.

“B. THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES ASSURANCE PRIOR TO AWARD THAT THE PRODUCT IS SATISFACTORY FOR ITS INTENDED USE AND NO OTHER MEANS OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IS AVAILABLE.

“C. AMPLE SOLICITATION AND OPPORTUNITY WAS AFFORDED THE CLOCK AND WATCH INDUSTRIES, RESULTING IN ONLY ONE QUALIFIED PRODUCT, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO.’

 THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 7, 1964, WITH A CLOSING DATE OF FEBRUARY 24, 1964, TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY, AS A SOLE SOURCE PREMISED ON THE FACTS SHOWN ABOVE. BENRUS QUOTED A UNIT PRICE OF $28.28 EACH FOR A QUANTITY OF 10,849 WRIST WATCHES OR A TOTAL COST OF $306,809.72. ON FEBRUARY 20, 1964, AN AMENDMENT WAS ISSUED EXTENDING THE CLOSING DATE TO FEBRUARY 27, 1964. THE PROCUREMENT ACTION WAS SYNOPSIZES, FOR SUBCONTRACTING ONLY, IN THE COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY DATED FEBRUARY 17, 1964. AT YOUR REQUEST, YOU WERE FURNISHED A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ON FEBRUARY 13, 1964.

 YOU ALLEGE, IN EFFECT, THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL IS ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT CURRENT REGULATIONS IN THE AREA OF COMPETITION AND METHOD OF PROCUREMENT AND HAS FAILED TO CLARIFY AMBIGUITIES IN THE SPECIFICATION, PARTICULARLY WITH REFERENCE TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, DATED OCTOBER 17, 1962.

YOU ALLEGE SPECIFICALLY THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL, WITH KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROCUREMENT OF BACK-TYPE WATCHES, CIRCUMVENTED PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS BY NOT OBTAINING COMPETITION.

THE RECORD SHOWS YOU WERE AFFORDED AMPLE TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING AND POSSIBLE INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. HOWEVER, YOU DID NOT SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT UNTIL FEBRUARY 13, 1964, A LAPSE OF 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE APPLICATIONS WERE ORIGINALLY REQUESTED. THE PRODUCT YOU SUBMITTED WAS REJECTED ON MARCH 11, 1964, FOR THE REASON THAT IT FAILED THE SHOCK TEST PERFORMANCE PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 4.8.9 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818B IN THAT OVER A PERIOD OF 20 HOURS THE WATCH GAINED 1 HOUR AND 22 MINUTES.

THIS FAILURE WAS CONSIDERED A SUFFICIENT CAUSE TO REJECT YOUR PRODUCT AS NOT QUALIFYING FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. SINCE ONLY ONE OF THREE OTHER SOURCES WHICH SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING SUBMITTED A PRODUCT WHICH PASSED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF MIL-W-3818B AND WAS APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE DETERMINATION BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER THAT IT WAS IMPRACTICABLE TO OBTAIN COMPETITION, AND THAT A CONTRACT SHOULD BE NEGOTIATED WITH BENRUS, APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PROPER.

 YOU FURTHER ALLEGE THAT THE PROPOSED PROCUREMENT SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROCEED ON AN ADVERTISED PROCUREMENT TO ASSURE ADEQUATE COMPETITION.

 AS INDICATED ABOVE, COMPETITION COULD NOT BE ATTAINED BECAUSE ONLY ONE SOURCE WAS ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST AT THE TIME OF THE INITIATION OF THE PROCUREMENT ACTION, AND SO FAR AS WE ARE ADVISED NO OTHER PRODUCT HAS SINCE BEEN QUALIFIED. IN OUR DECISION OF AUGUST 9, 1961, 41 COMP. GEN. 93, IT WAS HELD THAT WHERE THERE IS ONLY A SINGLE SOURCE LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE PROPER METHOD OF PROCUREMENT IS NEGOTIATION IN LIEU OF FORMAL ADVERTISING. WE SEE NO VALID BASIS UPON WHICH A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION MAY BE REACHED IN THE INSTANT CASE.

IN ADDITION, YOU ALLEGE THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION OF PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF MIL-W-38188 IS UNREASONABLE IN THAT IT REQUIRES THE CONTRACTOR TO BE LIABLE FOR THE REPAIR OF WATCHES THAT FAIL TO MEET ALL SPECIFICATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, AFTER ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION OF REPAIR RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER.

 SINCE THE THREE SOURCES THAT SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCTS FOR TESTING DID NOT TAKE ANY EXCEPTION, OR REQUIRE INTERPRETATION AS TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IN THE SPECIFICATION, IT APPEARS THAT THOSE FIRMS WERE READY TO MEET SUCH PROVISION AND THAT THE PROVISION WAS CONSIDERED REASONABLE. ANY EVENT IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IS GERMANE TO YOUR PROTEST OR TO YOUR FAILURE TO HAVE A WATCH APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE LIST.

AS TO THE ALLEGATION THAT BENRUS WATCH COMPANY IS NOT A MANUFACTURER OF WATCHES BUT ONLY IMPORTS CASES AND SELLS WATCH MOVEMENTS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES, WE ARE ADVISED THAT BENRUS POSSESSES MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND SWITZERLAND WHICH ARE UTILIZED IN THE PRODUCTION AND ASSEMBLY OF WATCHES AND, THEREFORE, QUALIFIES AS A MANUFACTURER UNDER ASPR 12-603.1.

THE BENRUS PROPOSAL SHOWS THAT IT IMPORTS THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL SETTING, DIAL STEM AND SPRING BARS, AND THAT THE CASE, CROWN, ATTACHMENTS, PACKING MATERIAL AND JEWEL BEARINGS (TURTLE MOUNTAIN ORDNANCE PLANT) ARE ALL DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED. ITS COST DATA INDICATES THAT THE COST OF THE DOMESTIC COMPONENTS IS CONSIDERABLY IN EXCESS OF 50 PERCENT OF THE COST OF ALL COMPONENTS, AND THEREFORE THE ITEM MUST BE CONSIDERED A DOMESTIC SOURCE AND PRODUCT UNDER ASPR 6-101 (D).

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE FIND NO VALID BASIS FOR YOUR PROTEST, AND IT IS THEREFORE DENIED
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