Benrus is the prototypical search and rescue watch. Designed for divers in the 1970s, it features a bold black and white face with fencepost hands. It is, in short, the very definition of a tool watch.

Now the company is reissuing its famous Type II, a 42.5mm diver with a sandblasted case, Soprod P024 automatic movement, and black nylon strap. It is completely and utterly genera and nearly unmarked, which makes it amazing.

The watch is based on Mil-Spec MIL-W-50717, a specification that defined the water and shock resistance and feature set of military watches. The Type II added a 24 hour track on the face, allowing for faster military time reading.

To be clear this is a standard three-hander for $1,495 but you’re getting a Swiss-made limited-edition piece that hearkens back to the heyday of mechanical watches. It’s a lovely piece and it should be amazing when it ships.

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Last Update: July 11, 2022

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