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THIS OFFER IS FOR A PROTOTYPE BENRUS 17J SINGLE CASE
ALSO A WIDE LEATHER CUFF STRAP
AND
A WELL MADE MINI COMPASS
THAT CAN BE REMOVED ON THE FLY

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CELIBRATING THE 82 AUIRBORNE IN VIETNAM AND WWI

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Genuine
Restored - Serviced

1960/1964
BENRUS

THREE STAR
SELF WINDING
[AUTOMATIC]

 

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.

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32 X 40  MM
W/O CROWN


WITH
BENRUS
(Girard-Perregaux)
(ETA 1256-47BF)
17J
SELF WINDING

MOUNTED ON WIDE CUFF LEATHER STRAP
WITH PATCHES AND REMOVABLE COMPASS

CELEBRATING  THE 82ND AIRBORNE IN THE NAM

  CONDITION
-RESTORED TO ORIGINAL CONDITION 90% NEAR MINT -
SETS & WINDS &  KEEPS TIME

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free

A ONE YEAR GSW WARRANTY

 APPRAISAL WITH INFO TO INSURE ONLINE
PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 6 WEEKS FOR LINK

19.00 UPS 2 DAY AIR INSURED TRACKED SIGNATURE DELIVERY

26.00 INT INSURED TRACKED REGISTERED USPS MAIL

ALL INFO IN THIS OFFER WILL BE PART OF YOUR  APPRAISAL

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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.

Due to the fact that all Swiss watches and parts were controlled by Swiss laws and cartels or combined companies, parts makers provided Benrus with parts and, in some circumstances ebauche - which they then assembled or upgraded. to overcome this fact and the fact that swiss parts and assembled watches were being penalized through US Customs duties, Benrus would found a factory in Waterbury CT where they made the cases for Benrus watches and then in late 1950 to early 1960, Benrus opened factories in France, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands.

NOTE: During the Vietnam War, Benrus won a military Contract over Bulova and the rest of the US companies. For part of this contract, Benrus would buy Japanese Seiko Movements...

Production steadily expanded throughout the 1940's with a boost during WWII when Benrus manufactured watches for the various servicemen and woman who served as well as nurses and other professions. Like most other watch makers, timing devices for use in bombs and weapons were also produced.

By the 1950's, Benrus designers went to work fashioning top grade,luxurious watches in Gold and with Diamonds. Due to their strong relationship with the Swiss cartel, and their market share after the war, Benrus was able to invest in the latest high quality Swiss and German watch movements and ebauche movements.

Designs from 1947 to 1959 were the best ever completed by Benrus. Certain Benrus watches from these same years are sought after by Collectors.

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THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST BENRUS CLOSED CASE W/BEZEL
[SIMILAR TO WYLER WITH NO CASE BACK] 
THE BENRUS SINGLE CASE SYSTEM WOULD WIN
THE FIRST VIETNAM MILITARY CONTRACT;
10.000 UNITS FOR THE MARINES.

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ABOVE ALSO RESTORED BY ROCK

THE FIRST BENRUS  HAD A TWO PART CASE SYSTEM, A LUG/BEZEL HOLD DOWN  WAS CREATED ALONG WITH A NON CASE-BACK "POT"
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82nd AIRBORNE

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,[6] 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).

St. Mihiel

The division relieved the 26th Division on 25 June. Though Lagney was considered a defensive sector, the 82nd Division actively patrolled and raided in the region for several weeks, before being relieved by the 89th Division.] From there it moved to the Marbache sector in mid-August, where it relieved the 2nd Division under the command of the newly formed First United States Army. There it trained until 12 September, when the division joined the St. Mihiel offensive..


Once the First Army jumped off on the offensive, the 82nd Division engaged in a holding mission to prevent German forces from attacking the right flank of the First Army. On 13 September, the 163rd Infantry Brigade and 327th Infantry Regiment raided and patrolled to the northeast of Port-sur-Seille, toward Eply, in the Bois de Cheminot, Bois de la Voivrotte, Bois de la Tête-d'Or, and Bois Fréhaut.

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.

On 17 September, the St-Mihiel Operation stabilized, and the 90th Division relieved the 82nd's troops west of the Moselle River. On 20 September, the 82nd was relieved by the French 69th Infantry Division, and moved to the vicinity of Marbache and Belleville, then to stations near Triaucourt and Rarécourt in the area of the First Army.

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.

For the rest of the month, the division turned to the north and advanced astride the Aire River to the region east of St-Juvin. On 10 October, it relieved troops of the 1st on the right, north of Fléville, as far as a new boundary extending north and south through Sommerance. It then attacked and captured Cornay and Marcq, and established the front just to their south.

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.

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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.

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HERE IT IS STORED UNDER THE 82 PATCH

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LOOKS DARK WHEN FOLDED

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HERE WE SEE WHAT LOOKS TO NBE A FILM OR GLASS

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ACTUAL FINISH WE HAVE ROADS HI-WAYS- CREEKS STREAMS RIVERS  

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DETAILS WERE UP TO DATE ,  AMAZING HOW SMALL IT CAN BE FOLDED

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HERE ROCK USED A RED MILITARY LIGHT NOTE HOW THE PAPER GETS WHITER

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HERE ROCK SHOT PHOTO WUITH HIS OTHER HAND BEHIND THE MAP

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HERE AGAIN. FOR SOME REASON THE HAND/FINGERS LOOK RED

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THESE WERE GREAT. WITHOUT A DOUBT. IF YOURS WAS I YOUR BATTLE AREA!

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I MEAN THEY ARE DETAILED. AND ONE CAN SEE TECHNOLOGY INCL PLANES

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HERE A SIMPLE SHOT WITH CAMERA SHOWS MAIN HIGHWAY OFF SHOOTS
CITY NAMES AREA NAMES WATER SOURCES AND MORE

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THE ONLY DOWN SIDE WAS THE RAPID TRANSFER OF TERRITORY FROM
ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER AND BACK AGAIN

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NOTE THE MINI MAP IS SMALL ENOUGH TO PLACE IN THE STRAP

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IN REALITY IT CAN GO DOWN ANOTHER HALF BUT ROCK DID NOT

WANT TO DESTROY A CENTURY OD FOLDS

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READY TO WEAR
AND REMOVE THE MAP WHEN PEOPLE ASK QUESTIONS

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BENRUS AND THE VIETNAM WAR


THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS SYSTEM DATES FROM 1959 THROUGH 1965.  THE SINGLE CASED BENRUS HAD A ONE PIECE CASE, A DROP IN MOVEMENT WITH SPLIT STEM & SEALED LONG STEM TUBE CROWN AND WAS FURTHER SEALED BY THE CRYSTAL ALONE.

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:


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THIS BENRUS IS BUILT AROUND AN AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT THAT IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE FINEST  MADE FULL 360 ROTOR WINDING BOTH WAYS.

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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.

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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 ENICAR.

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.....

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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.

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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!

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[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.

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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.  

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BENRUS SET THE PACE AND SET THE BAR FOR ALL WATCHES AFTER THE BENRUS WATCHES WERE ORDERED. BENRUS MADE MORE WATCHES FOR MILITARY. 

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CONDITION
-RESTORED TO ORIGINAL CONDITION 90% NEAR MINT -
WATCH SETS & KEEPS TIME

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HERE SHE IS ON A STRAP

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ROCK TOOK PICS OF THE ORIGINAL FRENCH WWI MAP
IT WAS  OILED IN 1917 .
SO THE [PAPER BECAME LIKE CLOTH
AWESOME
FITS UNDER THE 82ND AA PATCH
WHY WWI?
THE 82ND SERVED IN FRANCE IN WWI.
IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A SPECTACULAR  90 YEAR HISTORY

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AWESOME DIAL

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THIS CRAZY SET UP WEARS GREAT. IT HAS A LOW PROFILE
ROCK IS PLAYING MUSICAL STRAPS AND WATCHES
HE SET THIS UP ORIGINALLY WITH THE LEONIDAS


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     82ND AIRBORNE

Active 1917–19
1921–present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Army
Role Airborne
Size Division
Part of XVIII Airborne Corps
Garrison/HQ Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Nickname "All American Division"
Motto "All the way!"
March "The All-American Soldier"
Engagements World War I
  • Battle of Saint-Mihiel
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive

World War II

  • Operation Husky
  • Operation Avalanche
  • Operation Overlord
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • Invasion of Germany

Cold War

  • Dominican Republic
  • Vietnam War
  • Invasion of Grenada
  • Operation Golden Pheasant
  • Invasion of Panama
  • Persian Gulf War

Global War on Terrorism

  • War in Afghanistan
  • Iraq War

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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.

From 1969 into the 1970s, the 82nd deployed paratroopers to South Korea and Vietnam on more than 180DBT (Days Bad Time) for exercises in potential future battlegrounds. The division received three alerts. One was for Black September 1970. Paratroopers were on their way to Amman, Jordan when the mission was aborted. In May 1971 they were used to help national guard and Washington DC police to round up and arrest protestors. Nine years later in August 1980, the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 504th PIR was alerted and deployed to conduct civil disturbance duty at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, during the Cuban refugee internment. War in the Middle East in the fall of 1973 brought the 82nd to full alert. In May 1978, the division was alerted to a possible drop into Zaire. In November 1979, the division was alerted for a possible operation to rescue the American hostages in Iran. The division formed the nucleus of the newly created Rapid Deployment Forces (RDF), a mobile force at a permanently high state of readiness.


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COMPASS IS REMOVABLE

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DOTS AND HANDS RE-ILLUMINATED

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ROCK AND ROLL

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82 AIRBORNE
THERE IS A GENUINE MAP
FROM  WWI UNDER THE PATCH

 

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MIXING AF LUMINOVA

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NOTE SINGLE CASE W/NO BACK
MOVEMENT/DIAL FITS INTO CASE
MOVEMENT RING
THEN BEZEL

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THIS IS THE HEART OF THIS
TIME KEEPER

A SWEET
WELL BUILT
GILDED
BENRUS WATCH CO INC
SWISS ETA

25 JEWEL
AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT

RUNNING LIKE NEW
IT IS DISCUSSED FURTHER ON DOWN

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BENRUS CF1- 47BF-17
ETA 1256 BASE
(
Used By Many Top Brands Like Girard-Perregaux)

(ETA 1256-47BF)
Features

automatic
sweep second

Data
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE US GOVERNME NT REPLY TO BULOVA. THIS WILL BE PART OF APPRAISAL --ALLOW SEVERAL WEEKS FOR LINK-- IT HAS THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AS TO THIS VERY BENRUS.
B-153564, MAY 4, 1964
TO BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, INC.:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 20, 1964, PROTESTING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY UNDER REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. AMC/A/36-038-64-490/NS), DATED FEBRUARY 7, 1964. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT IT WAS DETERMINED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AIR FORCE, NAVY AND ARMY, THAT SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818A, DATED MARCH 12, 1956, REQUIRED REVISION TO ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:

A. REDUCE THE VARIETY OF GRADES AND TYPES OF WATCHES.
B. ASSURE CONSISTENT QUALITY OF ITEMS.
C. ELIMINATE TESTING REQUIREMENTS OF ONE YEAR AND SUBSTITUTE IN LIEU THEREOF A GUARANTEE PROVISION.
D. INCORPORATE A NEW CASE DESIGN.

ACCORDINGLY, THE SPECIFICATION WAS FORMALLY REVISED ON OCTOBER 17, 1962, AND IS IDENTIFIED AS MIL-W-3818B.

SUBSEQUENT TO THE APPROVAL OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, ALL SOURCES ON THE PREVIOUS QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, UNDER SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818A, WERE INVITED BY LETTER DATED DECEMBER 6, 1962, TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THEIR PRODUCT OF FRANKFORD ARSENAL FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING. UPON RECEIPT AND APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION AS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 104 OF THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED “PROVISIONS GOVERNING QUALIFICATION,” SAMPLES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO BE SUBMITTED. THREE FIRMS SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS AND SAMPLES DURING 1963, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., LONGINES-WITTNAUER WATCH CO., AND MATBEY-TISSOT WATCH CO., INC.

HOWEVER, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., WAS THE ONLY SOURCE THAT SUCCESSFULLY MET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL. THEREFORE, THAT FIRM WAS FORMALLY NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1963, THAT THE SAMPLES SUBMITTED WERE APPROVED AND THAT ITS PRODUCT WAS LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST FOR SPECIFICATION MIL-F-3818B. THE OTHER TWO SOURCES WERE NOTIFIED BY LETTER OF NOVEMBER 21, 1963, THAT THEIR SAMPLES DID NOT MEET MINIMUM SPECIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.

ON THE BASIS OF MILITARY INTERDEPARTMENTAL PURCHASE REQUESTS FROM THE MARINE CORPS FOR A TOTAL OF 10,849 WATCHES, THE CONTRACTING OFFICER EXECUTED A DETERMINATION AND FINDINGS DATED FEBRUARY 2, 1964, AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 10 U.S.C. 2304/A) (10) AND ASPR 3.210.2 PROMISED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES REPORTED AS FOLLOWS:

“A. THIS WATCH IS A QUALIFIED PRODUCT AND THE TIME REQUIRED FOR TESTING WOULD UNDULY DELAY DELIVERIES.

“B. THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES ASSURANCE PRIOR TO AWARD THAT THE PRODUCT IS SATISFACTORY FOR ITS INTENDED USE AND NO OTHER MEANS OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IS AVAILABLE.

“C. AMPLE SOLICITATION AND OPPORTUNITY WAS AFFORDED THE CLOCK AND WATCH INDUSTRIES, RESULTING IN ONLY ONE QUALIFIED PRODUCT, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO.’

THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 7, 1964, WITH A CLOSING DATE OF FEBRUARY 24, 1964, TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY, AS A SOLE SOURCE PREMISED ON THE FACTS SHOWN ABOVE. BENRUS QUOTED A UNIT PRICE OF $28.28 EACH FOR A QUANTITY OF 10,849 WRIST WATCHES OR A TOTAL COST OF $306,809.72. ON FEBRUARY 20, 1964, AN AMENDMENT WAS ISSUED EXTENDING THE CLOSING DATE TO FEBRUARY 27, 1964. THE PROCUREMENT ACTION WAS SYNOPSIZES, FOR SUBCONTRACTING ONLY, IN THE COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY DATED FEBRUARY 17, 1964. AT YOUR REQUEST, YOU WERE FURNISHED A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ON FEBRUARY 13, 1964.

YOU ALLEGE, IN EFFECT, THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL IS ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT CURRENT REGULATIONS IN THE AREA OF COMPETITION AND METHOD OF PROCUREMENT AND HAS FAILED TO CLARIFY AMBIGUITIES IN THE SPECIFICATION, PARTICULARLY WITH REFERENCE TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, DATED OCTOBER 17, 1962.

YOU ALLEGE SPECIFICALLY THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL, WITH KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROCUREMENT OF BACK-TYPE WATCHES, CIRCUMVENTED PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS BY NOT OBTAINING COMPETITION.

THE RECORD SHOWS YOU WERE AFFORDED AMPLE TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING AND POSSIBLE INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. HOWEVER, YOU DID NOT SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT UNTIL FEBRUARY 13, 1964, A LAPSE OF 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE APPLICATIONS WERE ORIGINALLY REQUESTED. THE PRODUCT YOU SUBMITTED WAS REJECTED ON MARCH 11, 1964, FOR THE REASON THAT IT FAILED THE SHOCK TEST PERFORMANCE PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 4.8.9 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818B IN THAT OVER A PERIOD OF 20 HOURS THE WATCH GAINED 1 HOUR AND 22 MINUTES.

THIS FAILURE WAS CONSIDERED A SUFFICIENT CAUSE TO REJECT YOUR PRODUCT AS NOT QUALIFYING FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. SINCE ONLY ONE OF THREE OTHER SOURCES WHICH SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING SUBMITTED A PRODUCT WHICH PASSED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF MIL-W-3818B AND WAS APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE DETERMINATION BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER THAT IT WAS IMPRACTICABLE TO OBTAIN COMPETITION, AND THAT A CONTRACT SHOULD BE NEGOTIATED WITH BENRUS, APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PROPER.

YOU FURTHER ALLEGE THAT THE PROPOSED PROCUREMENT SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROCEED ON AN ADVERTISED PROCUREMENT TO ASSURE ADEQUATE COMPETITION.

AS INDICATED ABOVE, COMPETITION COULD NOT BE ATTAINED BECAUSE ONLY ONE SOURCE WAS ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST AT THE TIME OF THE INITIATION OF THE PROCUREMENT ACTION, AND SO FAR AS WE ARE ADVISED NO OTHER PRODUCT HAS SINCE BEEN QUALIFIED. IN OUR DECISION OF AUGUST 9, 1961, 41 COMP. GEN. 93, IT WAS HELD THAT WHERE THERE IS ONLY A SINGLE SOURCE LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE PROPER METHOD OF PROCUREMENT IS NEGOTIATION IN LIEU OF FORMAL ADVERTISING. WE SEE NO VALID BASIS UPON WHICH A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION MAY BE REACHED IN THE INSTANT CASE.

IN ADDITION, YOU ALLEGE THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION OF PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF MIL-W-38188 IS UNREASONABLE IN THAT IT REQUIRES THE CONTRACTOR TO BE LIABLE FOR THE REPAIR OF WATCHES THAT FAIL TO MEET ALL SPECIFICATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, AFTER ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION OF REPAIR RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER.

SINCE THE THREE SOURCES THAT SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCTS FOR TESTING DID NOT TAKE ANY EXCEPTION, OR REQUIRE INTERPRETATION AS TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IN THE SPECIFICATION, IT APPEARS THAT THOSE FIRMS WERE READY TO MEET SUCH PROVISION AND THAT THE PROVISION WAS CONSIDERED REASONABLE. ANY EVENT IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IS GERMANE TO YOUR PROTEST OR TO YOUR FAILURE TO HAVE A WATCH APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE LIST.

AS TO THE ALLEGATION THAT BENRUS WATCH COMPANY IS NOT A MANUFACTURER OF WATCHES BUT ONLY IMPORTS CASES AND SELLS WATCH MOVEMENTS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES, WE ARE ADVISED THAT BENRUS POSSESSES MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND SWITZERLAND WHICH ARE UTILIZED IN THE PRODUCTION AND ASSEMBLY OF WATCHES AND, THEREFORE, QUALIFIES AS A MANUFACTURER UNDER ASPR 12-603.1.

THE BENRUS PROPOSAL SHOWS THAT IT IMPORTS THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL SETTING, DIAL STEM AND SPRING BARS, AND THAT THE CASE, CROWN, ATTACHMENTS, PACKING MATERIAL AND JEWEL BEARINGS (TURTLE MOUNTAIN ORDNANCE PLANT) ARE ALL DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED. ITS COST DATA INDICATES THAT THE COST OF THE DOMESTIC COMPONENTS IS CONSIDERABLY IN EXCESS OF 50 PERCENT OF THE COST OF ALL COMPONENTS, AND THEREFORE THE ITEM MUST BE CONSIDERED A DOMESTIC SOURCE AND PRODUCT UNDER ASPR 6-101 (D).

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE FIND NO VALID BASIS FOR YOUR PROTEST, AND IT IS THEREFORE DENIED

 

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