The Benarus (ben-air-us) Watch Company began with a clear vision to design and build high-quality diving timepieces, which carry the same spirit as the big dogs of the dive watch world. All this, while keeping the price competitive, like the line from RedSea that we recently covered.
To ensure exclusivity, Benarus crafts their watches in limited production runs. With input from their many online watch collecting fans, founder Ralf Schreiner and designer Steve Laughlin create stunning pieces, from their first watch, the Barracuda, to their latest beauties, the Remora ($550+) and the Moray 2 ($550+), both shown after the jump. Their second release, the Sea Devil, is a hefty timekeeping piece that feels substantial on the wrist, but not overbearing. Plus, it garners plenty of compliments and inquiries. Benarus’ use of marine nomenclature for their watches is apropos, and each watch line has a unique stamped design on the back of each case with the production number.
Using high quality movements like the smooth and reliable Swiss ETA-2824 and the workhorse Japanese Miyota 8215 and 9015, along with 316L solid stainless steel cases and highly scratch resistant sapphire glass, Benarus watches have earned an excellent reputation for quality, reliability, and unique designs. Customization is also in full force here. These divers can be tailored right down to the dial, hands, lume color, and even case finish. Benarus also provides different straps and a travel case with every watch.
Take Note: Limited runs sell out quickly. If you miss a version, be patient. Benarus releases at least two new timepieces per year.
By Amos Kwon