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1978 BENRUS Type I Class A Military Diver

This watch was SOLD on July 6, 2011 (Destination: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines).

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch
Gender: male
Crystal: glass
Dial/Face Width: 30 mm
Dial/Face Height: 30 mm
Movement: 17 jewels automatic
Case: stainless steel
Case Width: 44 mm with crown
Case Height: 48 mm with lugs
Case Thickness: 10 mm with bezel
Bracelet: fabric
Bracelet Length: fits up to 10 in
Serial Numbers on Back: MIL-W-50717, 6645-00-477-4210, X7953, N00104-77-D-5156, 1225

This is an authentic Swiss-made 1978 BENRUS Type I Class A Automatic Military Dive Watch.

  • 98% Original / Complete BENRUS Parts - new band & crown
  • white detail against matte black face
  • luminous hours
  • stainless steel case, crown & back
  • resin/stainless steel rotating bezel
  • new green fabric band
  • 17 jewels automatic movement
In the case of military bands, the buckle always comes with the band. Therefore, we consider the band & buckle as 1 unit/part.

This watch keeps good time & is in good working condition! Add this to your collection of vintage quality timepieces!

The photos presented below are of the actual item for sale. Kindly study them carefully because what you see is what you will get. We try our best to describe watches as accurately as we can that's why we present them visually & literally. In case we missed a few points, you are welcome to ask questions.

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

For more in-depth & complete information/specifications, I recommend Hyunsuk Seung's collector's feature article of the BENRUS Type I Class A Watch through this link: http://50717.com/us/benrus-1-76.html

The U.S. Military issued what is known as the ultimate military dive watch, the BENRUS Type I Class A, to the UDT-SEALs, Green Berets & Special Forces as the Vietnam War approached its conclusion. This durable & accurate watch faithfully accompanied elite combatants on many dangerous reconnaissance & behind-the-line operations in the tropical jungles of Vietnam.

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

This particular BENRUS Type I Class A is a 1978 issue with full military inscriptions on its case back. It's the only U.S. military issued watch with an automatic movement, so it was given a unique military specification: MIL-W-50717. Finally, it's labeled Class A, the highest standard of military watches.

EXTERNAL CONDITION: This watch is in *GOOD condition (77-82%): Nothing fundamentally wrong with the watch, though it has quite obviously been used. Case may show a few dings, nicks or scratches. May have replacement parts.

INTERNAL CONDITION: This watch is in *EXCELLENT condition (88-92%): Working perfectly, needs no repair or service.

*condition descriptives mainly based on the Timezone Grading System
benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

stainless steel case

The texture of the case is uneven in some parts. It also has scattered faint scratches & shallow nicks. It's impossible to point out every scratch & nick, so please study the photos carefully. Again, if you are unsure about something, feel free to ask questions!

black resin/stainless steel rotating bezel with white numeric/line details; has a few scattered white spots

matte black dial or face

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

white-coated steel hands

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

luminous dot, bar & arrow hour markers

clearly-marked white grid

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

new stainless steel screw-down crown

original BENRUS glass crystal

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

opposite side of the case reveals spring bars; In the photo above, notice uneven texture on the left side of the case

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

new green fabric band

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

new black-coated steel clasp

benrus type 1 class a military dive automatic watch

stainless steel case back with full military inscriptions

  • MIL-W-50717
  • TYPE I CLASS A
  • BENRUS
  • 6645-00-477-4210
  • X7953
  • N00104-77-D-5156
  • FEB 1978
  • SERIAL NO. 1225
  • U.S.

Swiss-made BENRUS/ETA 17 jewels automatic movement - cleaned, serviced & checked by our skilled technician

For more in-depth & complete information/specifications, I recommend Hyunsuk Seung's collector's feature article of the BENRUS Type I Class A Watch through this link: http://50717.com/us/benrus-1-76.html

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