THIS CASE WOULD HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENT BEFORE BECOMING THE FIRST MILITARY ORDERED WATCH FOR VIETNAM
THE BENRUS PROTOTYPE SINGLE CASE SYSTEM PARTIALLY LIFTED FROM WYLER, WOULD KICK BUTT AND WASTE THE COMPETITION WITH BENRUS SECURING THE FIRST $300,000 CONTRACT.
THE FACT IS BENRUS WOULD BUILD 10800 + UNITS FOR THE MARINES. THE MARINES WOULD BE THE FIRST US COMBAT TROOPS IN THE NAM --GREEN BERET AND THEIR SUPPORT CREWS WERE NEVER CONSIDERED ACTIVE ARMY TROOPS-- THE BENRUS SINGLE CASE SYSTEM ALSO WON THE CONTRACT BECAUSE BENRUS HAD RELEASED BOTH MANUAL AND AUTOMATIC MODELS AND KEPT RECORDS FOR 3 YEARS .. AND, THEY TURNED THAT INFO OVER TO THE US MILITARY!
THUS IT WOULD BE BENRUS WATCHES THAT WOULD ENTER VIETNAM ON THE WRISTS OF SOME OF THOSE FIRST MARINES
AND, NOT TO END THIS STORY ON THOSE GREAT LAURELS, THE PROTOTYPE SINGLE CASE SYSTEM, AN IMPROVED WYLER SYSTEM, WOULD BECOME THE STANDARD CASE SYSTEM FOR 20 OTHER WATCH BRANDS THAT WOULD PARTICIPATE OVER THE NEXT 7 YEARS. FROM BENRUS TO WESTCLOX TO SEIKO TO OTHERS; THEY ALL UTILIZED THE BENRUS STYLE CASE. AND IT WORE SO WELL THAT EVEN IN THE MONSOONS, HUMID JUNGLES AND PARCHED NORTH OF VIETNAM, THEY WOULD SURVIVE LONG AFTER THE FIRST TWO YEARS THAT THE USG PLACED IN CONTRACT.
32 X 40 MM
CELEBRATING THE 82ND
AIRBORNE IN THE NAM
19.00 UPS 2 DAY AIR
INSURED TRACKED SIGNATURE DELIVERY
ALL INFO IN THIS
OFFER WILL BE PART OF YOUR APPRAISAL
Founded in New York City in 1921,
Benrus Watch Company was an American company created by three Romanian immigrant brothers.
"BENRUS" was a combination of one of the brothers first and last names:
BEN"jamin laz"RUS". by 1923, the Lazarus brothers acquired the trademark
Benrus from the Swiss federal office for intellectual property. Originally the company
watch headquarters were located in the Hippodrome building on 44th street in Manhattan
were watches were "put together" and the bulk of the actual movement
manufacturing in a Benrus factory in la Choux de Fond, Switzerland.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST
BENRUS CLOSED CASE W/BEZEL
THE FIRST BENRUS
HAD A TWO PART CASE SYSTEM, A LUG/BEZEL HOLD DOWN WAS CREATED ALONG WITH A NON
William P. Burnham, who had previously commanded the 164th Brigade, led the division during most of its training and its movement to Europe. In early April, the division embarked from the ports in Boston, New York and Brooklyn to Liverpool, England, where the division fully assembled by mid-May 1918. From there, the division moved to mainland Europe, leaving Southampton and arriving at Le Havre, France, and then moved to the British-held region of Somme on the front lines, where it began sending small numbers of troops and officers to the front lines to gain combat experience. On 16 June it moved by rail to Toul, France to take position on the front lines in the French sector. Its soldiers were issued French weapons and equipment to simplify resupply. The division was briefly assigned to I Corps before falling under the command of IV Corps until late August. It was then moved to the Woëvre front, in the Lagney sector, where it operated with the French 154th Infantry Division.
The 82nd Airborne Division is an active duty airborne infantry division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is part of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The 82nd Division was constituted in the National Army on 5 August 1917, and was organized on 25 August 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the unit acquired the nickname All-American, which is the basis for its famed "AA" shoulder patch.
Famous soldiers of the division include Sergeant Alvin C. York, General James M. Gavin, Senator Strom Thurmond (325th GIR in World War II), Senator Jack Reed, R&B singer Lou Rawls, actor William Windom, country music singer Craig Morgan, former Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder, fashion critic/choreographer Bruce Darnell and Congressman Patrick Murphy (the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress).
Meanwhile, the 328th Infantry Regiment, in
connection with the attack of the 90th Division against the Bois-le-Prêtre, advanced on
the west of the Moselle River, and, in contact with the 90th Division, entered Norroy,
advancing to the heights just north of that town where it consolidated its position. On 15
September, the 328th Infantry, in order to protect the 90th Division's flank, resumed the
advance, and reached Vandières, but withdrew on the following day to the high ground
north of Norroy.
During this operation, the division suffered heavy casualties from enemy artillery. The operation cost the division over 800 men. Among them was Colonel Emory Pike, the first member of the 82nd to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The division was then moved into reserve until 3 October, when it assembled near Varennes-en-Argonne prior to returning to the line. During this time, the division trained and prepared for the war's final major offensive at Meuse-Argonne.
The division was next moved to the Clermont area, located west of Verdun on September 24. They were stationed there to act as a reserve for the US First Army. George B. Duncan, former commander of the 77th Division, relieved Burnham on 3 October, and Burnham subsequently served as military attaché in Athens, Greece.
On the night of 6/7 October 1918, the 164th Infantry Brigade relieved troops of the 28th Division, which were holding the front line from south of Fléville to La Forge, along the eastern bank of the Aire River. The 163rd Infantry Brigade remained in reserve. On 7 October, the division, minus the 163rd Infantry Brigade, attacked the northeastern edge of the Argonne Forest, making some progress toward Cornay, and occupied Hill 180 and Hill 223.
The next day it resumed the attack. Elements of
the division's right flank entered Cornay, but later withdrew to the east and south. The
division's left flank reached the southeastern slope of the high ground northwest of
Châtel-Chéhéry. On 9 October, the division continued its attack, and advanced its left
flank to a line from south of Pylône to the Rau de la Louvière.
On 11 October, the right flank of the division occupied Sommerance and the high ground north of la Rance Rau while the left advanced to the railroad south of the Aire. The next day, the 42nd relieved the 82nd's troops in and near Sommerance, allowing it to resume the attack. The 82nd passed through part of the Hindenburg defensive position, and reached a line just north of the road from St-Georges to St-Juvin.
On 18 October, the division relieved elements of the 78th as far to the left as Marcq and Champigneulle. Three days later it advanced to the Ravin aux Pierres. On 31 October, the 82nd, except the artillery, was relieved by the 77th Division and the 80th Division, and assembled in the Argonne Forest near Champ-Mahaut. On 2 November, the division concentrated near La Chalade and Les Islettes, and, on 4 November, moved to training areas in Vaucouleurs. On 10 November, it moved again to training areas in Bourmont, where it remained until the 11 November armistice. During this campaign the division suffered another 7,000 killed and wounded. A second 82nd soldier, Alvin C. York, won the Medal of Honor during this campaign.
NOW TO MAKE THIS BEAUTY A TALKING PIECE OF HISTORY, WE CELIBRATE THE 82ND WITH A PATCH. AND, BECAUSE ROCK HAS ABOUT 200 MAPS . FROM WHEN MAPS FIRST BECAME POPULAR TO MILITARY MAPS USED IN ALL THE WARS THE US PARTICIPATED IN/
SO, WE ADD AN OIL MAP [SOAKED IN A MIXTURE OF OILS] THAT WAS/IS RESISTANT TO WATER FROM A GROUP OF FRENCH MILITARY MINI MAPS CREATED FROM 1912 TO 1918. THESE OILED MINI MAPS ARE ACTUALLY OF LARGE AREAS WHERE BATTLES WERE FOUGHT OR CITIES WON OR LOST OR CHANGED HANDS .
FOR THE ORDINARY SOLDIER IN A TRENCH, TO FLYERS OVER A BATTLE FIELD IN ENEMY TERITORY, TO THE FIRST TANK CREWS [PATON] AND TO OFFICERS, THESE MINI MAPS WERE/ARE FULLY DETAILED MAPS THAT WILL FOLD TO A SMALL SIZE -SOME EVEN TO A POSTAGE STAMP MAP SIZE. THEY CAN GET WET OR FROZEN OR HEATED, YET THE INKS USED DO NOT RUN NOR ARE THE MAPS HARMED AND, NOT ONLY DID THEY ASSIST IN FORAGING, BATTLES AND OTHER AREAS OF MILITARY AND CIVILLIAN CIONCERNM BUT WERE EXCELEENT FOR POW ESCAPEES AND BEHIND THE LINES FLYERS AND SOLDIERS. THEY COULD BE SECRETED AND USED FOR SURVIVAL OR ATTACK.
THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY AND WE HAVE A HISTORY OF THIS MAP TYING IT TO THE 82ND, WE WILL ADD IT AS SOON AS ROCK COMPLETS IT.
HERE IT IS STORED UNDER THE 82 PATCH
LOOKS DARK WHEN FOLDED
HERE WE SEE WHAT LOOKS TO NBE A FILM OR GLASS
ACTUAL FINISH WE HAVE ROADS HI-WAYS- CREEKS STREAMS RIVERS
DETAILS WERE UP TO DATE , AMAZING HOW SMALL IT CAN BE FOLDED
HERE ROCK USED A RED MILITARY LIGHT NOTE HOW THE PAPER GETS WHITER
HERE ROCK SHOT PHOTO WUITH HIS OTHER HAND BEHIND THE MAP
HERE AGAIN. FOR SOME REASON THE HAND/FINGERS LOOK RED
THESE WERE GREAT. WITHOUT A DOUBT. IF YOURS WAS I YOUR BATTLE AREA!
I MEAN THEY ARE DETAILED. AND ONE CAN SEE TECHNOLOGY INCL PLANES
HERE A SIMPLE SHOT WITH CAMERA SHOWS MAIN HIGHWAY OFF SHOOTS
THE ONLY DOWN SIDE WAS THE RAPID TRANSFER OF TERRITORY FROM
NOTE THE MINI MAP IS SMALL ENOUGH TO PLACE IN THE STRAP
IN REALITY IT CAN GO DOWN ANOTHER HALF BUT ROCK DID NOT
WANT TO DESTROY A CENTURY OD FOLDS
READY TO WEAR
BENRUS AND THE VIETNAM WAR
WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT RELEASED SPECIFICATIONS IN 1961 FOR FUTURE VIETNAM WAR WATCHES BENRUS HAD ALREADY RELEASED A WATCH TO THE PUBLIC WITH MOST OF THE SPECS.
NOTE: I AM
STATING THAT THIS PARTICULAR SINGLE CASE WATCH WITH AN AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT WAS THE IN HOUSE
PROTOTYPE. OF COURSE NOT WITH AN AUTOMATIC. IN THIS BENRUS THEIR IS A SEPARATE
BEZEL. IN THE MILITARY VERSION A STANDARD MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT AND A CASE WITH EVERY
PART IN ONE CASE ACCEPT THE CRYSTAL.
WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT UPDATED THE SPECS IN 1962, BENRUS WAS READY WITH A SECOND PROTOTYPE AND THEY SUBMITTED THIS DESIGN IN 1963. THEY ALSO SUBMITTED STUDIES OF BENRUS ALSO SUBMITTED RECORDS OF THE PROTOTYPES, INCLUDING THIS CASE. REAL SALES, THEIR DESIGN --LIKE THIS 3 STAR-- AND HOW THEY WITH STOOD MIL TESTING MEANT THEY RECEIVED THE CONTRACT. .
THE FACT THAT BENRUS DESIGNED THEIR JUNGLE WARFARE SYSTEM BY COPYING THE FAMOUS, 1ST EVER, 1928 WYLER SINGLE CASE SYSTEM. THOUGH MANY OTHER MANUFACTURERS HAD PRODUCED SINGLE CASE DESIGNS IN THE 1950'S [INC OMEGA, LONGINES, AND MANY OTHERS] ALSO COPIED FROM WYLER, BENRUS HAD CREATED THEIR SYSTEM TO APPLY FOR THE FIRST CONTRACT WITH THE MARINES FOR VIETNAM; THIS WAS BEFORE THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT AND RESOLUTION.
IN FACT, FORGET ALL THE HYPE ABOUT WHO
DEMONSTRATED WE WERE GOING TO WAR BEFORE WE DID, THE GOV PLACED AN ORDER FOR 10800+
WATCHES FOR JUNGLE USE FOR THE MARINES BEFORE THAT INCIDENT! AND IT WAS THE MARINES THAT
CAME ASHORE IN 1965 WEARING THEM WATCHES.
ONLINE BOOK TO READ ABOUT THE MARINES AS FIRST
US MILITARY PRESENCE BESIDES SPECIAL FORCES
THE US GOV/MIL PLACED THE REQUIREMENTS AND SPECS FOR WATCHES FOR VIETNAM USE LONG BEFORE THE GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION. IN THESE SPECS WERE THE FOLLOWING NEW FACT:
WATCHES MUST WITHSTAND WET HUMID JUNGLE
CONDITIONS FOR TWO YEARS WITHOUT SERVICE: NO SERVICE OR REPAIRED.
THE FIRST BENRUS MILITARY WATCHES WERE THE
FIRST EVER SINGLE CASE WATCHES USED BY MILITARY. BY THE END OF THE VIETNAM WAR, 20
COMPANIES PARTICIPATED IN PRODUCING MOVEMENTS CASES AND WATCHES...ALL WERE SINGLE CASE.
AND BY 1968, AND THE TET OFFENSIVE, SINGLE CASE. PLASTIC WATCHES WERE BEING DISTRIBUTED.
SO, NOT ONLY DID BENRUS EXCEED US SPECIFICATIONS THAT THEIR WATCHES WOULD SURVIVE JUNGLE WARFARE IN VIETNAM, BUT BENRUS INTRODUCED SEVERAL VERSIONS TO THE PUBLIC BEFORE THE OFFICIAL PROTOTYPE. THUS, IN 1964, BENRUS WAS MANUFACTURING THEIR DESIGN WITH THE FIRST MAJOR CONTRACT WITH THE US MILITARY. 10,800+ WATCHES FOR APP. $300,000. [1964 DOLLARS].
BENRUS HAD BEAT OUT EVERY COMPANY
INCLUDING THOSE THAT SUPPLIED THE US DURING WWI, WWII AND THE KOREAN WAR AND MANY TOP LINE
COMPANIES LIKE LONGINES..
IN FACT, BULOVA FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE US GOVERNMENTS. ONE OF THE ALLEGATIONS WAS THAT BENRUS WAS NOT A US BASED MANUFACTURER. THE REPLY LETTER IS BELOW:
THIS BENRUS IS BUILT AROUND AN
AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT THAT IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE FINEST MADE FULL 360 ROTOR WINDING
THESE WERE THE SINGLE CASE WITH BEZEL. WHILE IT HAS ACTUALLY TWO PIECES, THERE IS NO CASE BACK. THIS IS A PROTOTYPE THAT LED TO THE FINAL PROTOTYPE.
A NON-CASE BACK 2 PART
SYSTEM WOULD OR 1 PIECE SOLID CASE WITH BEZEL AND LUGS AND SEALED WITH THE
CRYSTAL AND A CRYSTAL RING LIKE THOSE OF WYLER. THIS IS ONE OF THE AUTOMATICS THAT
WERE PURCHASED BY SOLDIERS ON R&R, FROM THE "WORLD AND BX/PX.
AFTER ALL, IT IS WITHOUT A
DOUBT THE FIRST PROTOTYPE THAT THE WORLD SOON COPIED. FROM OMEGA TO LONGINES TO DOXA TO
AN EXPLOSION OF SINGLE CASE
WATCHES HIT THE STREETS. YET BENRUS HELD THEIR FINAL DESIGN SECRET SOME OF THE
COMPANIES DID SUBMIT SINGLE CASE DESIGNS BEFORE BEFORE THE FINAL COMPANIES ACTUALLY
SUBMITTED THE FINAL FOR TESTING.
WILY BENRUS PUSHED THIS
PROTOTYPE THEN SUBMITTED THE FINAL WITH NO TWO PARTS! AS WE SEE BENRUS WON THE US MILITARY
CONTRACT AND THEIR DESIGN BECAME THE FIRST ORDERED.
10400 FOR THE MARINES WHO WERE THE FIRST TRUE COMBAT TROOPS AFTER THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT
On the morning of March 8, 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines landed on a beach in South Vietnam, becoming the first U.S. ground troops to be committed to the Vietnam War.....
AS STATED. THE FIRST DESIGN AND PROTOTYPE PLACED ON THE MARKET WAS THAT WHICH USED A CASE WITH PRESSED LUG/BEZEL [ABOVE] IN THE END, AFTER ALL THE WATCH BRANDS FOLLOWED SUIT WITH THIS CASE DESIGN, BENRUS SIMPLY SUBMITTED A PURE SINGLE CASE SYSTEM; A SYSTEM BENRUS DEMONSTRATED TO THE US MILITARY; A SYSTEM THAT WON THE MILITARY DUE TO THE FACT A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF THIS DESIGN HAD LIVED UP TO THE FACTS.
THE TWO PART CASE SYSTEM WAS IN FORCE 1956 TO 1959. THE PURE SINGLE CASE BENRUS SYSTEM DATES FROM 1959 THROUGH 1969- THOUGH IT'S DESIGN WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE QUARTZ!
[YES, THE WYLER SYSTEM HIJACKED BY BENRUS!]
BENRUS DESIGNED THIS SYSTEM BY COPYING THE WYLER SINGLE CASE SYSTEM WITH OUT THE WYLER OUTER BEZEL. THOUGH MANY OTHER MANUFACTURERS HAD PRODUCED SINGLE CASE DESIGNS, THE REASON WHY BENRUS CREATED THIS SYSTEM WAS THE RUMORS OF LARGE US GOVERNMENT WATCH CONTRACTS FOR THE UPCOMING VIETNAM WAR. WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT RELEASED SPECIFICATIONS BENRUS HAD ALREADY RELEASED A WATCH TO THE PUBLIC WITH MOST THE SPECS AND FEATURES.
THE VINTAGE COMPASS
WORKS FINE. IT CAN BE REMOVED WITH EASE ALSO. SO CAN THE TIME PIECE. REMEMBER, I PAID
98.00 FOR THE WATCH RUNNING BUT REQUIRING OVERHAUL. DIAL WAS CLEANED AND RESTORED TO
IMMACULATE CONDITION, EXACT AS IT WAS MADE ORIGINALLY.
HERE SHE IS ON A STRAP
ROCK TOOK PICS OF THE ORIGINAL FRENCH WWI
THIS CRAZY SET UP WEARS GREAT. IT HAS A
82 IN NAM
The 82nd Airborne Division is an active duty airborne infantry division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is part of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The 82nd Division was constituted in the National Army on 5 August 1917, and was organized on 25 August 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the unit acquired the nickname All-American, which is the basis for its famed "AA" shoulder patch. Famous soldiers of the division include Sergeant Alvin C. York, General James M. Gavin, Senator Strom Thurmond (325th GIR in World War II), Senator Jack Reed, R&B singer Lou Rawls, actor William Windom, country music singer Craig Morgan, former Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder, fashion critic/choreographer Bruce Darnell and Congressman Patrick Murphy (the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress).
The 82nd went into action in Vietnam. During the Tet
Offensive, which swept across the Vietnam in January 1968, the 3rd Brigade was en route to
Chu Lai within 24 hours of receiving its orders. The 3rd Brigade performed combat duties
in the Hu? Phu Bai area of the I Corps sector. Later the brigade moved south to
Saigon, and fought in the Mekong Delta, the Iron Triangle and along the Cambodian border,
serving nearly 22 months. While the 3rd Brigade was deployed, the division created a
provisional 4th Brigade, consisting of 4th Battalion, 325th Infantry; 3rd Battalion, 504th
Infantry; and 3rd Battalion, 505th Infantry. The Division Artillery also created an
additional battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Artillery, to support the 4th Brigade.
COMPASS IS REMOVABLE
DOTS AND HANDS RE-ILLUMINATED
ROCK AND ROLL
NOTE SINGLE CASE W/NO
THIS IS THE HEART OF THIS
BENRUS CF1- 47BF-17