Benarus was founded in 2008 with the mission of delivering high quality fit and finish to discriminating collectors at affordable prices. All of its designs utilize superior components and metals, like scratch resistant sapphire crystals, titanium, CuSn8 bronze and reliable mechanical movements from ETA and Miyota. Benarus produces watches in limited quantities and often 6 months out from the time they take orders for a given model. What that means is you’re likely to secure a spot on a waiting list in hopes that enough of the early reservations fall through. Their bronze divers are especially hot on watch forums and command prices near or at retail for 90%+ TZ condition pre-owned pieces.
New for this winter is the Bronze Moray 47mm. The 2000m solid CuSn8 bronze case frames either a black or green dial, and this new model uses round hour markers. The caseback is brushed titanium due to the high copper content in the bronze being a potential skin irritant, and bronze is also suboptimal for moving functional parts, so the crown and optional bracelet are titanium. By default, the watch comes on either a leather strap or Isofrane rubber. This model has tremendous wrist presence and it boasts a clean and legible design with rugged specs–you know right away this is a tool watch. It’s $1,300 ($1,500 with the optional bracelet) plus shipping.
UPDATE: the Benarus Bronze Moray 47mm has a ETA 2824-2 movement.
They produced 30 total watches, 15 in black and 15 in green. While they started shipping this week, they’re all spoken for. Your best bet is to check the forums for private sales of last year’s models and keep an eye out for any cancellations that pop up for sale on the Benarus website. More photos of the new Benarus Bronze Moray 47mm below (via Benarus).