Benrus Ultra-Deep Super Compressor Automatic Diver ref. 6089 circa 1968

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Brand: Benrus

Model: Ultra-Deep Super Compressor 666 Ft. Automatic Diver ref. 6089; Swiss Made circa January of 1968

Case: Solid stainless steel Brevet Super-Compressor case with screw-down back (dated 1-68) is approximately 36mm excluding the original cross-hatched crowns; top crown rotates the inner diver bezel and bottom crown winds and sets the watch

Bracelet: 19mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjustable size via sliding clasp)

Movement: ETA cal. 2472 self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with date; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original matte black dial with date display at 3 o'clock and creamy patina to the Tritium luminous elements; original Tritium handset with matching patina; original inner dive bezel with luminous triangle at 12 o'clock displays elapsed time and rotates via the top crown; solid stainless steel Brevet Super-Compressor case with original oversized crowns and great proportions; original tall domed acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier; cool retro mesh bracelet

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel Brevet Super-Compressor case remains thick with the original bevels in tact; crisp screw-down caseback is clearly legible throughout; beautiful original matte black dial with creamy patina to the Tritium luminous elements; original Tritium handset with matching patina; clean original domed acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier

Other: The Super-Compressor case played an important role in the history of dive watches. Its innovative design utilizes a "compressor" system whereby the case becomes more watertight as the watch descends deeper. As atmospheric pressure increases, the caseback is compressed on the gaskets creating a tighter seal. This was a major selling point back in the 1960s and Super-Compressor watches stand tall as some of the most coveted dive watches today. The elapsed-time (ET) bezel rotates via the top crown and was less prone to accidental rotation than a standard external bezel. You can read more about these collectible Super-Compressor watches in a great guide assembled by our friends at Worn & Wound.

The iconic Benrus Ultra-Deep sports a minimalist matte black dial with luminous hour plots and a uniquely-shaped luminous handset that includes a cool "spear" sweeping-seconds hand. We love the vintage look of the tall domed acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier. The classic Brevet Super-Compressor case with oversized crowns sits just right on the wrist and was originally rated to an impressive 666 feet. The retro-style mesh bracelet completes an overall sporty look that is versatile and perfect for sunny weather.

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