The Culling Collection of Military Watches
Date of Auction: 15th September 2020
Sold for £190
Estimate: £100 - £150
FootnoteIn the lead up to Vietnam War, the Department of Defence revised their specifications for various timepieces, eventually settling on two main specifications- the MIL-W-46374 and the MIL-W-3818B. While similar in appearance, the MIL-W-46374 spec was a simple, inexpensive field watch for infantry and most other Army personnel, while the MIL-W-3818B specification called for a higher-grade unit approved for use by Army, Navy and Air Force and as such.
The additional requirements of the MIL-W-3818B spec included a corrosion-resistant steel case, a sterile dial free of any extraneous markings to ensure maximum readability, and an upgraded 17-jewel movement with a hacking feature, to allow teams to synchronise their timepieces accurately for elite operations and coordinated manoeuvres.
Despite putting out the specification to many manufacturers, including those who had won contracts for the infantry models, only Benrus initially met the more rigorous MIL-W-3818B specifications and were the exclusive manufacturers of this model until it was revised to the more well-known GG-W-113 specification in 1969.