Benrus Sky Chief

Benrus Sky Chief

Why We Love It

Early Pilot Chronographs are straight up cool. Regardless of the name on the dial, these watches from the 50s easily catch our attention. 

This Benrus Sky Chief features a heavily patinated three register silver-tone dial with a coin-edged finish to the bezel. The rotating bezel features a tiny red timing indicator, a small but important detail that so many of these mid-century chronographs feature. Elongated blued steel hands stretch across the dial as well as fill the sub-dials.  

If you're into adding unique vintage chronographs to your collection that don't break the bank, this Benrus might just be the perfect solution.  

The Story

In the 1940s, watches made by Benrus were flying off the shelves… literally. And among them, the best-known is this watch: the Sky Chief, perhaps one of the most perfect pilot’s watches ever made. 

Starting in the 1920s, Benrus released watches like the Benrus Airman, which was used by pilots of the National Air Transport Company—the first airline to operate cross-country flights. The relationship between Benrus and aviation did not end there; in fact, it was only solidified as Benrus continued to produce watches tailor-made to the needs of pilots. 

The Sky Chief, introduced in 1940, is without a doubt the brand’s most famous chronograph. Though it was released in several variations (including triple-date models), it’s the pilot’s version that’s become the most iconic. At first glance, it’s a tool watch, looking much like the chronographs worn by the world’s air forces. 


SKU: AS02775

Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux Calibre 71 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1950s.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous silver tone dial is in great condition showing even patination, printed numerals, and heat blued steel handset. Unsigned crown.

Includes gray nylon strap.

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