GG-W-113 U.S 1960s Pattern Military Watch with Shatter and Scratch Resistant Sapphire Box Crystal (automatic)
In October 1962 the U.S Government set down a specification for infantry watches which became known as GG-W-113 this was MIL-W-3818B which replaced MIL-W-3818A from March 1956. This full specification details be seen at this link
In January 2009 MWC was approached by a U.S veterans association who asked us to examine the viability of making a watch which was indistinguishable in appearance from the original watches which were made by Hamilton, Bulova and Benrus during the Vietnam war. We were sent samples of both watches to examine and also the original specification and the result is a watch which is very close to the original and uses a high grade fully jewelled automatic movement with hacking function, this movement is very similar to the original 1960s hand-wound movements except that it has the addition of a rotor to remove the need for manual winding although it retains the ability to be wound manual should you wish to do so.
In 2023. We also decided to make a further upgrade to this watch to a box sapphire crystal, which is both shatter and scratch resistant ias well as being identical in appearance to the original plexiglass crystal, which would have been used during the second world war.
The actual Benrus sent to us in 2009 was from 1965 but as you can see from the final image of an original watch our homage watch is virtually identical although we have also taken a few design pointers from other models which were manufactured at the time. The originals of these watches are now almost impossible to find in good sound condition but this watch is a very convincing recreation.
- Width Inc Crown: 38mm
- Width Exc Crown: 36mm
- Thickness: 12.9mm
- Lug Size: 18mm
- Lug to lug is 43mm
- Dial Colour: Black
- Case Material: 316L stainless steel
- Caseback: Screw-down 316L stainless steel
- Crown: 316L stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 5 atm (50m/165ft) *
- Movement: 24 Jewel Automatic
- Crystal: Shatter & Scratch Resistant Box Sapphire with Anti Reflective Coating
- Luminous Material: Luminova
- Serial number on caseback
- Strap: 18mm x 2
- Supplied in a gift box
* For details of water resistance ratings etc see Water Resistance