Ray Wong's Benrus Type 1 Class A Homage
I'm new here to the MWR. Up till now my collection consists of dive watches, but I have been fascinated with the old military dive watches as of late.
I'm considering Ray's Benrus Type 1 Class A homage to tide me over till I can fund a reasonably priced original Type 1.
Does anyone have one that can share their experiences, feelings and maybe some photos of Ray's creation?
Behold, what a simple search of the main forum uncovers..
Thanks for the link.
I did do a search and that was one that came up.
I guess I'm looking to see if anyone has had any recent experience with Ray's homage. For instance, has the lume issue been improved upon.
Seems like there are a lot of positive comments for the Mk II blackwater, but unless I'm reading their website wrong, this is now a $1700.00 watch. So even at the current $398.00 that Ray is asking on eBay, his homage is still reasonable and IMHO a closer replica to the Benrus Type 1.
Also looked at the Precista PRS-18 which looks like a competitor to the blackwater. For the money, approximately $390.00 USD for the auto version, it is probably the best deal out there. But then again, it is not and likely was not intended to be a homage to the Benrus.
I second the recommendation of the Precista
The best "bang for the buck" by far. Due to my work, I do wish it had a date function.
DR Customs in High Point NC (also on eBay) has a great homage with a 2824-2 movement and all case parts can be used on original cases. Comes with black nato strap and extra crystal for $475. These are like original with front movement removal, two piece stem, one piece casse, etc. I just bought one and he will have some more ready next week. As a former watchmaker very familiar with these Benrus watches, I am impressed so farr with what I have seen and hearrd from Daniel at DR. If everyone likes, I will be happy to post a review when wtch arrives next week.
My plans are to transfer all components into one of my original cases. I also have 2 extra original Type I cases if anyone is looking.