Benrus Military Watches are amazing!

The Benrus Military Tie Bars Watch is the embodiment of what a military watch should be, with unmatched functionality and perfection.

This time, we will introduce the appeal of Benrus military watches.

Benrus Military Watch

In the early 1970s, while the UK was supplying its military with Swiss-made military diver's watches, the US military drew up detailed blueprints for a military diver's watch, MIL-W-50717, and commissioned Benrus to produce it.

The specifications were packed with all the ideals desired in a diver's watch.

It has everything a combat unit needs and nothing it doesn't: the 43mm wide watch case is made from thick steel with a height of 16mm, making it safe to use during military operations where there are many shocks and collisions.

The sturdy case and thick crystal on top of it were waterproof to depths of 1,200 ft. (about 365 m), an astonishing performance for a watch at the time.

It is equipped with the 17-jewel automatic movement GS1D2 and ETA2620, which has an excellent operating time of over 40 hours.

The roughly cut bezel can be turned easily, even while wearing gloves.

The acrylic bezel insert is engraved with the numbers 1 to 11 and 1 to 20, giving it a beautiful three-dimensional finish.

This watch was produced in two versions according to military specifications.

Type I and Type II.

These types have the military spec number, manufacturer name, product number, contract number, manufacturing date, serial number, etc. engraved on the back of the case, but the differences are easy to tell by looking at the dial.

The Type I features a triangle at the 12 o'clock position, rectangles at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock, and dot lumination markers at the other hours.

In contrast, the Type II dial has the traditional 24-hour military watch format, with small luminous triangles for each hour.

Benrus Military Watch

The Type II also came in a non-luminous version, the Class B; these watches had no luminous material on the dials or hands and were used in places like nuclear submarines, which contained sensitive equipment that reacted to even trace amounts of tritium.

Another feature is that these watches are very comfortable to wear, despite their relative size and weight. The strap bar is fixed, so you will need a pull-through or open-ended strap, of which black NATO types are particularly popular.

The popularity of military watches has led to rising prices and an increase in counterfeits. However, remakes and new ideas, such as the MKII Paradivi and Marathon Navigator, have been very well received.

Benrus' production period for the Type I and Type II spanned about 10 years, from 1972 to 1980. During that time, just over 9,000 Type II Class A's were produced, about 6,000 Type I Class A's, and about 1,000 Type II Class B's.

Benrus Type I

In fact, there are a small number of "sterile" Type I units in existence.

This watch does not have any military markings on the case back, only a serial number.

It is believed to be a pre-production version, and is said to have been provided to Navy SEALs, Army and CIA special operations forces, so no one would know it was American-made if they wore it.

Benrus Sterile

The truth of this is unclear, but it's an intriguing story, and its rarity means the price of the sterile version ranks high on the price list for Benrus watches.

One of the attractions of Benrus military and diver's watches is that they offer high quality, style and relatively affordable prices, even among the vintage watches currently on sale.

Source: "Benrus Type I and Type II MIL-W-50717 Military Dive Watches"