Benrus Mil-W-50717 Type II Class A Diver

Benrus Mil-W-50717 Type II Class A Diver

Dial: Original dial with excellent patina (light dust and marks on crystal)

Hands: Original hands with matching patina

Bezel:  Original rotating black bakelite bezel

Bracelet:  Comes with the original US military issued Nato strap, extremely rare (worn) .Also included a "Military green" nato strap 

Case-back:  Original Military issued "Mil-W-50717 Type II Class A"

Crown: Unsigned (no dimple)

Serial:  2515

Year:  Military issued in January 1977 

Size: 43mm 

Movement:  Benrus GS1D2, 17 Jewel Automatic (Benrus-modified ETA 2620) 

No box or papers, service history unknown.  Watch is currently winding smooth, and running well.

Notes: I don't think this reference needs much explaining as it is a highly desirable and a well known Military issued watch. This one being in great condition considering its life and even retains the original US spec black Nato strap. I will simply quote our well known friend Eric Wind on this one when he wrote about this reference on Hodinkee "One of the true grails for military watch collectors is the Benrus Type II Class A diving watch, which was a watch issued to members of the United States Special Forces including Navy SEAL Teams and Underwater Demolition Teams. The watches are uniquely designed to be serviced by removing the bezel and then the crystal. The case back is permanently affixed and it is this design that makes the watch water resistant to 1,200 feet. They have a somewhat stealthy look by not having the name Benrus on the dial"  ~Eric Wind, Hodinkee


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