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    Benrus lives to see another day.

    This watch has been in my project bin for a while and I finally got the crystal replaced, dug up a 16mm strap, and decided to wear it today. It's a Swiss made Benrus. It's only 32mm (34 at crown) diameter. I thought it would be too small, but it seems to look OK to me. I am thinking early 60's just by the style, sorry no pictures of movement. Keeps good time and the lume still glows, but no for long. (Must be the bad stuff, right?) Not bad for 40 years old. Just thought I would share.

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    Re: Benrus lives to see another day.

    Reminds me of my Moncare, the watch after my Bugs Bunny. It's more
    early to mid 50's.

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    Re: Benrus lives to see another day.

    I guess it could be 50's, I had seen other Benrus watches from early 60's (like three star model) and it was very similar, maybe style did not change much. Anybody else have a similar model? The crystal and bezel lift off this one leaving the movement in a 'can' with the dial as the top, if that helps to date it.

    I am surprised the lume still glows when exposed to sunlight, any comments on that? The crystal was practically split in half, so that may account for damage to finish on dial.

    Here is a shot I took today in the sunlight, shows damage to dial better but also shows details as the two tone hour markers, and word 'SWISS' at bottom of dial. Any comments on the watch are welcome.

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    Re: Benrus lives to see another day.

    I agree with Watchbreath that it's probably from the 1950s. Benrus was using the "Shock-Absorber" designation back then for its shock protection scheme.
    By the 1960s they probably would have put in a date window.

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    Re: Benrus lives to see another day.

    I found this watch site a while ago. Never used them, but thought you might be interested in the NOS Benrus dial selection.

    http://www.pensandwatches.com/dials/index.htm

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    Re: Benrus lives to see another day.

    I just found that site this morning, Thanks! I typed in Benrus history and it was the second or third one that came up. They have a couple that will work, but not exactly what I had. Looking at the watches on that site for sale, mine is definately a 50's watch and not a 60's.
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