Benrus 17J grade DR 272 military wrist watch, nickel split plate vintage mechanical manual-wind movement with gilt lettering and a quick lift & release movement, this model was made to release the movement from the front of the watch after removal of the crystal and with slight pressure applied to lift the movement clear from the case, matte black metal Canadian-style dial with bold silver Arabic-style numbers 1-12, slender Arabic 13-24 and minute hash markers, dial does have some small scratches and a spot of discoloration by the center post, black steel skeletonized spade & whip style hands with white enamel inlay in the panels and a white steel sweep second hand, heavy grey gunmetal water-resistant case with a matte brushed finish, classic tapered extended lugs, a chrome crown, a high domed heavy acrylic crystal and military markings on the back, marked as follows:
- (around the back bezel) Fed. Stock No. 6645-066-4279 U.S. Mfg. Part No. XZ73065 Wrist Watch DTU-2A/P Mil-W-3818B
- (on center back) Cont. No. GS-00S-54524 Serial No. 051501 Date APR 1965
Case is showing only very light even wear overall however many attempts have been made to improperly open the case so while there are no deep scratches or defects, there are numerous short, shallow scuffs on the back, measures approx. 35mm in diameter x 41mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included), Spidel lightly textured, lightly padded brown leather strap with white stitching and a suede back. A high quality military service watch from the 1960s in excellent condition, perfect to wear or for your collection!
- Year Made: 1965
- Company: Benrus
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: DR 272
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: quick lift & release movement
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: black
- Dial Details: Canadian style
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
- Case Details: water resistant (WR), military markings
Case Width, without crown:
35mm (1.38 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of May 21st, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact acrylic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this
wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist
watches; as this watch is currently offered at our
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Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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