This stunning Benrus Type 1 remains in unworn condition. Originally purchased via Hodinkee in November 2020 with no further duty to be paid by UK residents. Only 1000 examples were produced by Benrus - a first time that the Type 1 has been available to the public, and they were only available on the Hodinkee Shop.
Complete with original warranty card, manual, zip up case and hang tag.
Watch Details: 42.5mm bead blasted stainless steel case with bi-directional 12 hour bezel. Stunning black dial with applied hour markers. ETA 2681 automatic movement with 40 hour power reserve. Sapphire crystal. 300m depth rating. Black two piece nylon strap,
BENRUS was founded in New York City in 1921 and was well-regarded for its U.S. assembled watches built with Swiss movements. In 1964, The Department of Defence created the MIL-W-50717 standard, which demanded a watch that could function just as flawlessly at a depth of 1,200 feet underwater as it did an altitude of 35,000 feet. The watch would have to be able to handle any sort of abuse thrown its way from multiple special forces divisions, including the U.S. Navy UDT/SEALs, U.S. Navy EOD, U.S. Navy Divers, Army Rangers, Green Berets, and CIA operatives. Only BENRUS were able to meet the requirements set forth in that document, with the Type I and the Type II. The BENRUS Type I was never produced for the civilian market and, in recent decades, vintage examples have attracted an immense amount of attention from watch collectors and those who appreciate authentic U.S. military ephemera. Its legend has grown over time, and today, BENRUS adds a new chapter to the Type I's legacy, with the first-ever reissue of the watch, now available to the public for the very first time.
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