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    My First Vintage Benrus

    Most of my collection consists of Bulovas but I saw this Benrus come up for sale and I just couldn't live without it. I don't know much about the Benrus brand and haven't been able to find a lot of information about one this old. So anything you can tell me about it will be greatly appreciated. The movement has what I'm guessing is a serial number of 36460 and it's a 17 jewel. It's running strong and gained about 2 minutes over a 24 hour period.

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    Now that's nice! Benrus were known for modifying other people's movements and giving them designations of their own. This one looks rather Electa-like but I can't be certain. What is interesting is the early form of shock proofing on the balance. Benrus seems to have used that frequently:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Benrus M (ETA 640)

    Hartmut Richter

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    Looks amazing! That bracelet really puts it over the top!
    "A watch is ruined, not by time, but by bad handling. To run well it should be wound regularly, cleaned yearly, and, if injured, taken to a competent, practical man. A ​Waltham watch properly cared for will last a lifetime." -American Waltham Watch Co. Catalog (c) 1900
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    Re: My First Vintage Benrus

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Now that's nice! Benrus were known for modifying other people's movements and giving them designations of their own. This one looks rather Electa-like but I can't be certain. What is interesting is the early form of shock proofing on the balance. Benrus seems to have used that frequently:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Benrus M (ETA 640)

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you. When I bought it I actually thought the case was from a Bulova "Lone Eagle" but it just has a lot of similarities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CC Texas View Post
    Looks amazing! That bracelet really puts it over the top!
    Thank you. "Something old, something new" eh.

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