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. This full specification details be seen at the following link.
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 unique quartz movement with sweep second hand which means the watch looks to all intents and purposes like a mechanical watch because the hand sweeps rather than moves in 1 second increments like a standard quartz model, the big plus is that the watch achieves modern levels of accuracy whilst retaining the same appearance as the traditional mechanical variants. The watch is supplied with two military webbing straps 1 x Khaki and 1 x Black.
For those interested in the original models of these watches there are some excellent pictures of a Vietnam era Benrus at this 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
- Crystal: Plexiglass / Acrylic as original
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Quartz movement with sweep secondhand
- Straps: 1 x Khaki and 1 x Black