Would appreciate some info on this Benrus

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Would appreciate some info on this Benrus

#1 Post by Gabe » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:26 pm

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38 mm. high, 25 mm. wide

AFAIK, there is no place to look up Benrus serial numbers. Is there?

Is it possible that this is from the 20's?

What does the "model 5" mean? And the 43135?

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Re: Would appreciate some info on this Benrus

#2 Post by Gabe » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:30 pm

I work in a building designed by Cass Gilbert and it looks very much like the same aesthetic used there, which tells me that, at the latest, it might be the early 30's.

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Re: Would appreciate some info on this Benrus

#3 Post by afire » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:16 pm

I would say the styling points pretty strongly to early 1930s, or very late 1920s.
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Re: Would appreciate some info on this Benrus

#4 Post by nickmicz22 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:21 am

The "Shockproof" on the dial must be something other than Incabloc, or added later.

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#5 Post by Gabe » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:03 am

It's the same font as the numbers so I would guess original to the dial.

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#6 Post by afire » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:20 am

Benrus was marking watches "Shockproof" all the way back to the 1920s, so yes, it must be something other than incabloc.

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#7 Post by Paleotime » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:58 am

You can see the shockproofing system being used clearly in the movement photo. It is the piece screwed to the balance cock that isn't the regulator. It uses spring pressure to hold the cap jewel in place but can supply some give in cases of a hit.
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