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There are some watches that scream at you from the wrist, blasting their provenance and their precious-metalness from miles away. Then there are watches that prefer to stay half in the shadows; horological ninjas executing their perfect timeliness with understated poise. In our opinion, the Benrus G.I. watch is about as ninja as a wristwatch can get.
The General Issue wristwatch, ordered by the Department of Defense in 1964 for the ramp-up to Vietnam, was designed to resist the exposure that combat in inhospitable environments presented. Built from a corrosion-resistant steel, the uni-body case excelled at protecting the movement from debris, moisture, and shock. The spartan dial design, reminiscent of the Rolex Explorer I dial, was daubed with Tritium luminous paint to be legible in low and modified light conditions. The manual wind movement was equipped with a hacking feature - a mechanism that stopped the second hand from moving when setting the time - enabling soldiers to synchronize their timepieces to incredible accuracy for elite operations and coordinated movement.
Although the mechanical G.I. watch was produced under contract by a number of manufactures (Hamilton and Benrus, most notably), and went through a handful of modifications during its war-time production, it remained virtually unchanged during the 30 or so years it was made - a testament to it's stalwart form-follows-function engineering.
This particular piece, manufactured by Hamilton in 1983, is in excellent overall condition with a lovely anti-corrosion case and clean, unmolested dial and handset, making it a stunning military-issue timepiece ready for action!
Matte corrosion-resistant steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). July 1983.
Overall condition: Case is in very good condition over all, showing light signs of use and normal wear. Original dial shows a nice even patination across the hour markers and luminescent plots without any major blemishes. Original hands show matching patina. Screw case back and unsigned crown.
Includes two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.