In 1972, the United States Military requested a watch for American soldiers in Vietnam that was far more robust than any watch previously requested and that could meet the requirements of the specialized UDT (Underwater Demolitions Team) divers and for field functionality - the Type I and Type II were born.
Originally produced from 1972 through 1980, they were never made available to the public. Now there is no need to look elsewhere than BENRUS to put an authentic Type II on your wrist. In honor of its military heritage, the new Limited Edition - only 500 will be made - Type II brings back the same iconic design in its original form, but with all the improvements afforded by current watchmaking technology.
The new BENRUS Type II is Swiss Made, featuring a Soprod P024 automatic movement with 38-hour power reserve. The dial preserves its same sterile look with no company logo and only the 12/24-hour ring for fast legibility of a field dial with the added robustness of the Type series case, finished with a bi-directional rotating 12-hour bezel. Presented on a black two-piece nylon seatbelt NATO strap with quick release functionality and 20mm lug width for easy strap changing.
The new Type II even meets the depth rating standards of the original military contract, rated to 30ATM and includes the original case back inscription, but with the current date and limited serial numbers for this edition only.
If you're looking for a diver with a storied past, a no-nonsense design and quality build, the Benrus Type II has you covered, in spades.
- Case: 316L Stainless Steel
- Dial: Black
- Movement: Soprod P024
- Features: Screw-in Crown, Rotating 12 Hour Bezel
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Strap: Black Two Piece Seatbelt Nylon
- Water Res.: 300 Meters
- Diameter: 42.5mm
- Length: 47.5mm
- Thickness: 15mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Ref Number: T2-BB-BK-NS
Benrus was founded in New York by Benjamin Lazrus and his two brothers and took its name from the first syllable of his name and the last syllable of the family name. The three young men combined $5,000 in savings and started importing Swiss watch movements and casing them in New York City. They headquartered the fledgling company in the iconic Hippodrome building, nestled in the jewelry district and what is known to still be the “heart” of the City. Today, the company’s headquarters remains in the same location.