In October 1962, the US Government set down a specification for infantry watches which became known as GG-W-113. This was MIL-W-3818B which replaced MIL-W-3818A from March 1956. (Full specification details are available here.)
In January 2009, MWC were approached by a US veterans association who asked us to examine the viability of making a watch which was indistinguishable in appearance from the original watches which were made by Hamilton, Bulova and Benrus during the Vietnam war. We were sent samples of both watches to examine and also the original specification and the result is a watch which is very close to the original and uses a high grade fully jewelled automatic movement with hacking function, this movement is very similar to the original 1960s hand-wound movements except that it has the addition of a rotor to remove the need for manual winding although it retains the ability to be wound manual should you wish to do so. The reason for our switch from the 17 jewel hand-wound movement to the superior 24 jewel automatic in 2015 was that over half of customers did not know how to hand-wind a watch - which is understandable because almost everyone under 50 grew up with quartz - and in many cases with the younger buyers even their parents had no idea so this led to all sorts of problems hence the upgrade to self winding offered the ideal solution. (For those who are interested in the original models of these watches, there are some excellent pictures of a Vietnam era Benrus on this external site.) The actual Benrus sent to us in 2009 was from 1965 but as you can see from the various pictures of the original and the pictures of our homage watch the two are virtually identical although we have also taken a few design pointers from other models which were manufactured at the time. The originals of these watches are now almost impossible to find in good sound condition but this watch is a very convincing recreation.
- Width Inc Crown: 39.9mm
- Width Exc Crown: 36mm
- Thickness: 11.5mm
- Lug Size: 18mm
- Lug to lug is 43mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- 24 jewel, automatic hacking (self winding) mechanical movement.