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Benrus Sky Chief ‘Tropical’



Maker: Benrus
Model: Sky Chief
Functions: Chronograph
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Width: 35mm
Case Thickness: 14mm
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: Yes, radium
Lug Width: 18mm
Box/Papers: N/A
Year: 1940s


The case is sharp and without any signs of polishing. The dial, which has turned into a tropical dark chocolate brown is in very good condition with only onse small flaw at 8. The radium lume is all present, which has turned into a darker color. The movement is keeping great time: -6s/d, 300º.



The Sky Chief is Benrus’ solution to an aviation watch. They introduced it in the 1940s, which the design seemed ahead of its time. This model came with two movements: firstly, a column wheel Venus 178, which then was switched to a Valjoux 71 and 72.

This specific watch is an early issue, which comes with the Venus 178 movement. The dial has turned into a deep tropical brown which makes this watch very desirable.