BENRUS Type I Class A
US Navy AUG 1974
Benrus Corp 17j. ETA automatic movement
Screw-down crown, fixed bar lugs
One-piece case design
47x42mm anodized stainless steel case
Bakelite rotating bezel
The very first models of this Benrus Type I Class A diver’s have been issued to UDT-SEALS towards the end of the Vietnam war. Benrus manufacture was assigned with the special task of creating a simple-designed but yet durable and reliable piece of military equipment that would be issued to Special Forces in Vietnam.
This particular Type I of my collection is a 1974 issue with full military inscriptions. Case back inscriptions reveal NATO codes describing date of issue as well as U.S. Government specifications. Class A is believed to stand for the highest classification for military watches whereas MIL specifications refer to the presence of an automatic movement which is extremely rare for a U.S. military watch, until today.
The design of the case itself is very simple as regards to practical purpose of military equipment in general. The face is clean of any sign or wording that would reveal the manufacture or the model and is thus extremely easy to read.
TYPE I CLASS A
N00104-74-D-0544 AUG 1974
Brushed metal finish case