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Benrus Sky Chief ‘Tropical’

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THE NITTY GRITTY

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

CONDITION REPORT

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.

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Description

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.