MKII Paradive Gen 3: Hands-On Review

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MKII Paradive Gen 3: Hands-On Review

Postby koimaster » July 30th 2018, 10:18am


As far as classic military dive watches go, it’s hard to beat the Benrus Type I. Tough as a cinder block and stripped only to the essentials, it truly epitomizes a military-spec watch. But vintage examples of the Benrus Type I are difficult to find, incredibly pricey, and often afflicted with brittle crown stems or damage from extreme use. In other words, a great piece for the safe but not exactly a daily wearer.

Enter Bill Yao and MKII, an American watch boutique that specializes in reviving (and improving) old military classics. The Paradive is a tribute to the Benrus military dive watch used by American Special Forces during the Vietnam War Era. This iteration of the Paradive – known as Gen. 3 – is part of MKII’s “ready-to-wear” collection, a line of watches (including the previously reviewed Hawkinge) that is mass-produced in Japan and QC’ed in Bill’s Pennsylvania workshop. ... -183428485 ... gen-3.html


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Re: MKII Paradive Gen 3: Hands-On Review

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » July 30th 2018, 3:17pm

Wouldn't be dreadful, if not for the useless bezel.
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