For those who Appreciate things that Appreciate.

The Benrus Watch – The History Behind Benrus Watches

Benrus Watch Company is well loved and popular among watch aficionados.

While it is so, there is very little is known about the history of this company. While you are assured that Benrus watches are of fine quality craftsmanship, it may help to know the history behind it to be sure that when you buy this fine quality watches, you are not mistaken.

Benrus Watch Company started in 1921 as a watch repair shop in New York City. The owner is Benjamin Lazrus, who is a Jewish Romanian born who migrated to the United States.

From his humble watch repair shop, he has ventured in the manufacture of watchcases. His company was later on registered as an importer and wholesaler. His company, Benrus Watch Company is not a manufacturer as registered but as importer and wholesaler. Why is this so? The reason for this is because while Benrus Watch Company is manufacturing watchcases, he is importing ebauches, which are Swiss made movement.

Ebauches is a term used when you speak of Swiss watches movements, not complete watches but rather mere movements and inserted in watchcases. This is the reason why Benrus Watch Company is considered a Swiss company mainly because the watches that they produce are basically Swiss made because of the movements imported from Swiss manufacturers.

By the year 1930, Benrus already manufactured watches on his own, while continually importing ebauches, he has ventured into creating his own brand of watches which a twist. Benrus Watch Company brought to the market rectangular and cushion watches, which are not very common during that time. This made the company thrive during the World War without disruption.

In the 1940’s, Benrus Watch Company introduced the calendar watch. This watch will not only tell the time, but also has a calendar showing the month and a hand indicating the date of the month. This added feature made the Benrus Watch the most famous mass produced complicated watch.

The company did not stop offering a complication in their watches because in 1950, Benrus watch introduced the Dial-a-Rama watch. It is a watch with the jump hour technology and a star wheel for reading seconds located in the center. The company likewise offered the watch with winding indicator and the alarm watch. This has brought in the most number of alarm watches ever sold by a company during that era.

The year 1970 was a challenging year for the watch making industry, in order to stay in business; Benrus offered the cheaper movement and ladies movements in their watches. However, because of the advent of quartz lines and cheaper model watches, Benrus no longer manufacture watches. You may see models dating after 1970 but they would be just names of these watch companies.

Thus, if you are looking for an authentic Benrus watch

You have to look for vintage models earlier than 1970. Then, you are sure that you are buying the original Benrus watch that is Swiss-made and exquisitely designed by Benrus and his team. Anything later than that may not be a good Benrus Watch anymore.




Rare Vintage Mans Benrus Wristwatch Rose Tone Case 15 Jewels
$24.99
Time Remaining: 8d 7h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

4 Gents Vintage Working Automatic Wristwatches Helbros Wittnauer Benrus More
$63.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 14m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Mechanical Wind Up Wrist Watch Vtg 17 Jewel Checkerboard Face Lot 8718
$30.00
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus Military Watch Belforte July 64
$32.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 30m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Diamond Quartz Ladies Watch with original matching gold tone band
$12.99
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE LOT 6 LADIES MANUAL WIND WATCHES 5 TICK BULOVA GRUEN BENRUS LEWIS
$36.55 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 33m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE WATCH BENRUS MENS with BLUE DIAL RUNS for REPAIR PARTS
$10.99
Time Remaining: 1d 49m
Buy It Now for only: $10.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Lot of 3 Ladies Womens Watches Benrus and Laurel 10K RGP Timex
$11.03 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 46m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Very Nice Benrus Mens Day Date Watch Embossed Black 40mm Dial Face BNW736
$19.99
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

BENRUS 17J AE13 Swiss Watch ORNATE CRYSTAL Baguette Round Cut Luxury BLUE HANDS
$29.00
Time Remaining: 6h 24m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Mens gold pocket watch w date knife NEW FREE SHIPPING
$38.88
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $38.88
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Mens Vintage BENRUS Sea Lord Shock Absorber 20 micron Gold for Repair
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 7h 42m
Bid now | Add to watch list

3 ANTIQUE BULOVA AND BENRUS LADIES WATCHES LOT NON RUNNING
$19.99
Time Remaining: 25d 20h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Mens Vintage BENRUS 10K RGP Bezel Art Deco Curvex for Repair
$7.51 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 44m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Military Watch Vietnam 1965 DTU 2A P MIL W 3818B Steel CaseGreat
$425.00
Time Remaining: 6d 7h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $425.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Mens Vintage BENRUS Self Winding Automatic for Repair
$11.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 47m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Mens and Ladies Benrus Watch Quartz Citation set VINTAGE
$19.99
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Benrus mans manual vintage wristwatch 17 jewels triple signed 17870
$15.50 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 58m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE MENS BENRUS 3 STAR 25 JEWEL SERIES 7155 WATCH WORKING
$59.95
Time Remaining: 27d 8h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $59.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage mechanical watch lot Gruen Benrus Chromatic
$5.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 4m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Mens Quartz Watch Rugged Stainless Case bracelet keeps good time BNW707
$14.95
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $14.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MENS SUPER BOWL WATCH Lot 5B TAMPA BAY BUCS SUPER BOWL 37 BENRUSPULSAR
$19.99
Time Remaining: 9h 46m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE Bracelet LADIES 10K GOLD FILLED ROLLED WATCH BENRUS Antique RUNNING
$21.00
Time Remaining: 29d 6h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $21.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage mens watches 10k rgp gf Benrus Helbros Elgin Hamilton + case 18k +metal
$11.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 56m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BENRUS MENS WIND UP WRISTWATCH WATCH 1 STAR RUNS
$19.99
Time Remaining: 25d 20h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of vintage mens watches Benrus 17j Bulova Accutron Timex Westclox 17j Athlon
$14.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 57m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus 17 jewel 10K G F Mens Wrist Watch Mechanical Wind Up 1950s Lot 8749
$45.00
Time Remaining: 26d 9h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $45.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus Shock Absorber Mens Watch Stainless Series 3061 Running
$38.00
Time Remaining: 10d 2h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $38.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Big lot Vintage Ladies Watches Parts Repair Benrus Waltham Elgin Seiko Pulsar
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 10h 37m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Mens Benrus Three Star Dial Self Winding Automatic Wristwatch
$34.99
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Watch for Parts or Repair Benrus Wristalarm
$35.56 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 43m
Bid now | Add to watch list

1940s Benrus 2 Tone Diamond and Ruby Dial Wristwatch
$185.00
Time Remaining: 9d 22h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $185.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of 12 Vintage Ladies Wristwatches Bulova Waltham CYMA Benrus +
$21.01 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 17m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Nice Mens Benrus Automatic Vintage Watch
$49.00
Time Remaining: 4d 13h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $49.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Benrus Military Wrist Watch Vietnam War Era MARCH 1965 Nice Vintage Piece RUNS
$77.77 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 12h 12m
Bid now | Add to watch list

NICE VINTAGE 17 JEWEL BENRUS BN14 WRIST WATCH RUNS
$75.00
Time Remaining: 16d 7h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Benrus Military Wrist Watch Vietnam War Era Sept 1966 Running
$55.55
Time Remaining: 13h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $149.55
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BENRUS 17J WR MENS WATCH
$15.00
Time Remaining: 28d 7h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Benrus Military Wrist Watch Vietnam War Era JAN 1969 Nice Vintage Piece LK
$44.44
Time Remaining: 13h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage 1970s mens Benrus wrist watch model BB14 condition running
$199.99
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $199.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage 2 Watches Jules Jurgensen Benrus Electronic For Parts Repair
$19.99
Time Remaining: 13h 39m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus art deco wristwatch movement model BB 4 no crystal m531
$24.95
Time Remaining: 29d 10h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of 4 Vintage Automatic Ladies Watches Swiss Made Nivada Benrus Mulco
$3.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 13h 48m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Gold Benrus Ladies Set with Wrist Watch and Bracelet New modern
$11.99
Time Remaining: 9d 9h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE LOT 4 ELGIN BENRUS ONE WITH DIAMONDS OTHER W WATCH 50S 60S AS IS
$14.99
Time Remaining: 23h 15m
Bid now | Add to watch list

NOS Vintage BENRUS WRIST ALARM Gold Plaque Mens Dress Watch LOUD CLEAN
$174.99
Time Remaining: 13d 48m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage 10k RGP Benrus Wristwatch DN2A 17J
$9.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 3m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage 1960s Benrus Automatic + Wind Mechanical Water Proof Date Minty
$100.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BENRUS SELF WINDING GENTS WATCH FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

BENRUS VIET NAM ERA MENS MILITARY ISSUE WATCH MINT CONDITION
$219.00
Time Remaining: 28d 20h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $219.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

BENRUS3 Star AutomaticBronze Dial Clean Round MENS WATCH 1140LK
$89.99
Time Remaining: 22d 12h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of Mens Ladies Wrist Watches Pulsar Benrus Mickey Mouse Elgin VT 61
$20.01 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 39m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Rare 1940s Benrus Wristwatch Original Case Watch Doesnt Work Gold Plated
$24.99
Time Remaining: 29d 15m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot 18 Vintage Mens Watches Bulova Bucherer Elgin Benrus GruenParts Repair
$46.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 51m
Bid now | Add to watch list

BENRUS GOLD TONE LADIES WATCH BN201L FLEX BAND ANALOG CASUEL
$9.50
Time Remaining: 23d 1h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $9.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

benrus mens watch
$15.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 2m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE Benrus Calendar World Time Day Date Watch Parts non working
$250.50
Time Remaining: 29d 19h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $250.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Bulova Lord Elgin Oris Benrus Bulova Automatic Lot
$90.00
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 34m
Bid now | Add to watch list

NICE VINTAGE MENS BENRUS 3 STAR WRIST WATCH WITH DATE 1200 RESTORED
$149.99
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Watch Benrus Endurable 10k rolled gold plate Bezel Swiss 744446
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 46m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BLACK DIAL BENRUS DIAMOND QUARTZ WATCH
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus Manual Wind Watch
$20.00
Time Remaining: 1d 8h
Bid now | Add to watch list

set of two mens watches one is benrus and one is lorus with speidel bands
$7.79
Time Remaining: 24d 3h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $7.79
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gorgeous Deco 1940s BENRUS CITATION Fancy Lugs Black Dial Mens Watch
$153.71 (34 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 40m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Benrus Self Winding Mechanical Watch 3021 Series Nice Clean Cond Lot 8723
$60.00
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

BENRUS VINTAGE STEPPED SIDES SUPER DECO 15J VINTAGE AT12 CALIBER WATCH NO RESER
$13.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 43m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus Womens 17 Jewel Watch Deco 10K RGP Guilloche Band Bonnet Running
$11.57
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $11.57
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

44 Vintage Mens Womens Wrist Watch Lot Bulova Benrus Seiko Waltham Elgin
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 50m
Bid now | Add to watch list

LADIES VINTAGE BENRUS 10K ROLLED WHITE GOLD FILLED WATCH WORKS RUNS
$24.95
Time Remaining: 12d 3h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Watch Benrus 10k gold rolled plate Classic Round No Stem
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 2m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Swiss Benrus Wrist Watch
$15.99
Time Remaining: 20d 18h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $15.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Mens Benrus Mechanical Wristwatch Working
$11.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 28m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus 17 Jewel Ladies Parts Watch Model A015 AS IS
$7.99
Time Remaining: 21d 1h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

HIGH END VINTAGE ESTATE BENRUS 10 K GOLD FILLED WINDING WRISTWATCH NR
$3.25 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 50m
Bid now | Add to watch list

25 Watch Lot Parts Repair Harvest Steam Punk Wind Up TImex Vantage Benrus Pulsar
$49.99
Time Remaining: 6d 21h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gold Tone Mens Benrus Diamond Quartz Analog Wrist Watch
$20.00
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 16m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus Red LED Watch Case Band Rare 1970s Retro Digital Vintage Watch
$14.39
Time Remaining: 12d 4h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $14.39
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BENRUS 7021 AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCH 17 JEWELS SWISS MADE WORKING CONDITION
$89.99
Time Remaining: 5h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VTG CLINTON VTG BENRUS ESQ CASIO CHICOS BRIGHTON WENGER SEIKO
$50.00
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 27m
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE BENRUS WATCH WRISTWATCH
$10.00
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

7 Vintage Benrus mens wrist watch lot 25j automatic 21j manual wind repair parts
$14.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 52m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Benrus BA 2 17 Jewel 10k GF RGP Running Watch Parts Repair
$24.99
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage WORKING Benrus Wristwatch 10K Gold Fill
$22.00
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $33.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Watches Citizen Timex Indiglo Benrus Sheffield Watchband Lot of 8
$19.95
Time Remaining: 21d 9h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MENS BENRUS WATCH
$5.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 36m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Mens Benrus Square Case Art Deco Wristwatch 17 Jewel BB4 Movement Dress
$49.99
Time Remaining: 21d 7h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

BENRUS ALARM CHRONOGRAPH
$5.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 46m
Bid now | Add to watch list

Nice Vintage Mens Benrus Automatic Wrist Watch Swiss 17j Mech Stainless Steel
$85.00
Time Remaining: 18d 8h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

4pc Dealer Lot Benrus Mens Wristwatches Parts Restoration No Res
$14.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 6m
Bid now | Add to watch list

GENTS VINTAGE GOLD FILLED BENRUS AUTOMATIC WINDING WRIST WATCH
$135.23
Time Remaining: 9d 10h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $135.23
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2 Responses to The Benrus Watch – The History Behind Benrus Watches

  • Ben Jones says:

    to whom it may concern,

    I have a vintage Benrus watch, it has diamond chips instead of numbers. it also has a second hand. 10kt gold &gold filler # 770640 on back
    if you can, let me know its approx worth?

    thanks

  • James says:

    I recently came into a Benrus watch and want to find out if I can get a rough idea what year it was made and if I can still get a new glass face for the watch. The watch appears to be early, it’s mechanical, have to wind it every 24 hours. It has a hole in the face towards the top for the hours. The glass has a slight clam in one corner but is not chipped or broken through yet, thank you.

Great Bargains!!

Vintage Benrus Solid 14K Gold 32mm Watch Circa 1960s
$895.00
Time Remaining: 59m

Impressive Mens Vintage Solid 14K Gold Benrus Swiss Watch Small Seconds
$749.99
Time Remaining: 18h 26m

Benrus Watch 14k vintage Unique Lug dial 1940
$695.00
Time Remaining: 23h 10m

NOS Vintage BENRUS St Chrisopher Protect Us Gold Plaq Mens Dress Watch CLEAN
$999.99
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 32m

RARE VINTAGE BENRUS STAINLESS STEEL GOLD TONE MASONIC NORTH SOUTH WRIST WATCH
$850.00
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 35m

WONDERFULL 1950 60s BENRUS 14K SOLID GOLD 17 DIAMONDS VINTAGE MENS WATCH
$845.00
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 40m

VINTAGE BENRUS ULTRA DEEP STEEL DIVER MILITARY 666 Feet
$999.00
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 17m

Vintage Benrus 10K Gold 21 Jewel Manual Wind Watch Fine Estate Jewelry
$699.00
Time Remaining: 2d 21h 6m

NO RESERVE BENRUS VINTAGE 18K MYSTERY DIAL WRISTWATCH 18K SOLID GOLD
$999.00
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 28m

1950s Vintage Benrus Mens 14K White Gold Diamond Dress Tuxedo Cocktail Watch
$999.99
Time Remaining: 8d 58m

Benrus Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Self Winding Automatic Watch
$1,075.00
Time Remaining: 8d 7h 40m

Vintage 1940s Benrus Double Date Wristwatch
$595.00
Time Remaining: 8d 12h 10m

Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Benrus Watch Manual Wind Keeping Excellent Time
$525.00
Time Remaining: 8d 21h 54m

Waltham Vintage Ladies 18K White Gold Black Enamel Manual Winding Watch
$995.00
Time Remaining: 9d 2h 24m

Vintage 50s Up Down Indicator Power Reserve Benrus Mens Watch Gold Filled
$699.00
Time Remaining: 10d 53m

14K SOLID WHITE GOLD 48 DIAMONDS 50s Vintage BENRUS DRESS SLIM MEN SWISS WAT
$1,197.00
Time Remaining: 12d 7h 39m