HISTORY OF VIETNAM SINGLE CASE WATCHES
Just found this Vietnam (Dec 1969) Mil-W-3818B issued military timepiece in very good condition and very good price.Benrus DTU-2A/P military issue wrist watch from the Vietnam era. Looks and works excellent. During the Vietnam war the Mil-W-3818B spec watches were issued to military pilots. Higher quality than the Mil-W-46374 watches issued to the grunts on the ground. The pilots watches were equipped with a Swiss made 17 jewel manual wind movement, model DR 2F2 w.
THIS FAMOUS BENRUS U.S. GOV. ISSUED MIL-W-3818 WAS THE SECOND ISSUE OF THE BENRUS PROTOTYPE THAT ALL SUBSEQUENT MIL ISSUE WATCHES WERE CREATED BY– EXCEPT THAT THE MOVEMENTS OF OTHER COMPANIES THAT FOLLOWED WERE 15, THEN 7 JEWEL THROW AWAY.
A GIANT LEAP IN JUNGLE BUSTING SINGLE CASED WATCH SYSTEMS
A ONE YEAR TOUR OF DUTY “IN COUNTRY” – A PLACE CALLED “THE NAM”, MEANT A YEAR OF SWELTERING JUNGLE CONDITIONS AND MONSOONS. GOVERNMENT ISSUED WATCHES HAD TO BE DESIGNED BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE. OF ALL THE COMPANIES THAT SUBMITTED PROTOTYPES AND ASSISTED IN DEVELOPING CASE & MOVEMENT DESIGNS WAS THE BENRUS WATCH CO. IN FACT, BENRUS WOULD MAKE/PROPOSE THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTION: A SINGLE CASED STEM DESIGNED TO RESIST THE ELEMENTS, BE DURABLE, AND TO LAST. THUS BENRUS BEAT THE COMPETITION & WAS AWARDED THE FIRST CONTRACT.
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