GG-W-113 US 1960s Pattern Military Watch (automatic) Not Running
This watch is a GG-W-113 below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have because in many cases the watches do not have significant issues, below that is the full information relating to this model from the factory website which gives full details of all of the dimensions, specification and other information relating to the watch.
We buy these watches from various defence auctions and other disposal sales and it's frequently the case that we find that there is actually nothing wrong with the watch but it has to be assumed it will have some form of fault though in most cases it's very minor or as described below. These watches are disposed of at low-cost because we find that one of the problems is pressure of time for our service staff in the UK and elsewhere and in most cases they have given them a quick check over and nothing is immediately apparent though we have to assume that there is either no real fault with the watch or something will reveal itself over time in which case it’s normally a simple case of a service, repair or battery exchange depending on the exact model
Condition: GG-W-113 In sound condition and running but crystal could do with a polish
Fault: probably needs a service and regulating but running fine.
Please note that the final image which we have here is of an original watch so you can make a comparison.
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 the following 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. The reason for the change from the 17 jewels hand-wound movement to the superior 24 jewel automatic in 2015 was that many customers did not know how to hand-wind a watch - which is understandable because almost everyone under 50 grew up with quartz watches - in many cases, with the younger buyers even their parents had no idea either so this led to all sorts of problems hence the upgrade to self-winding offered the ideal solution.
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: 3 atm (30m)
- Movement: 24 Jewel Automatic
- Crystal: Plexiglass / Acrylic
- Luminous Material: Luminova
- Serial number on caseback
- Strap: 18mm
- Supplied in a gift box