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From the Archives: McQueen to Mil-Spec, the Benrus Bullitt and the Type I/II

To the extent historically American watch companies go, Benrus is without an uncertainty extraordinary compared to other known. Conceived in 1921 in New York City, Benrus was named after one of the three founding siblings, Benjamin Lazarus. At that point, pocket watches were on out. Wristwatches, in any case, were growing in popularity, and the three intrepid siblings saw an opportunity to create and sell esteem driven wristwatches. Despite the fact that not as big as numerous different brands brought into the world in the States and maybe not as significant as far as the American watchmaking tradition the manner in which Hamilton and Bulova were (Benrus never delivered their own developments, and instead decided on Swiss-made calibers put inside American-made cases), Benrus has a long history of producing looks for the American equipped forces—likely the firm’s biggest claim to notoriety. Today, we’re pulling from our archives a bunch of articles covering two iconic military (or military-inspired) watches from Benrus: the “Bullitt” and the Vietnam-period Type I and Type II divers.

Affordable Vintage: The Bullitt Benrus

When Steve McQueen took delivery of his Ferrari 275 in 1967, he was in the middle of filming what might become seemingly his most acclaimed film: Bullitt.  The movie follows San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt (McQueen) as he navigates his way through a tricky situation involving politicians, crowd informants, and the horde itself (and, most broadly, he navigates his dull green Ford Mustang GT fastback quickly and screeching through the San Francisco roads in one of the best movie vehicle pursues ever made).  And on his wrist is this little civilian mil-watch.

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

When I think pretty much all the things a military-issued watch ought to be (vigorous, legible, functional), no watch comes as near perfection as the 1970s Benrus dive watch.  Its super-solid case, highly-discernible dial and simple however functional highlights make it a genuine classic among military and dive watches.  Today we’ll investigate what makes these watches so special.

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