A classic design was issued during World War II to Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), is now available in all its splendor and rustic simplicity. A vintage military reissue of the original one used by the Navy, features the traditional “Canteen” screw down water resistant crown, brushed stainless steel with marking of U.S.N BU Ships at back case. This Navy BuShips divers watch has a stem cover attached with chain. A wonderful example of American ingenuity and productive know how, ideal gift to your loved ones.
• Reproduction of U.S.N. BU Ships Diver Watch WWII
• Swiss quartz movement
• Hardened acrylic crystal
• Screw-on stainless steel back
• Traditional military canteen-style crown
• Water Resistance 30m
• Black satin dial with U.S.N. BU SHIPS marking
• Navy luminous hands
• Khaki canvas strap 16mm, length 21cm
• Case diameter 36mm w/out crown; 45mm with crown, 13mm thick
• Made in Japan
What is a BuShips canteen watch? *extracted from Horologium
‘BuShips’ stands for the United States Navy’s Bureau of Ships, established by Congress on June 20, 1940 through the passing of a law which consolidated the functions of the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Bureau of Engineering. The new Bureau was headed by a Chief and Deputy-Chief, one selected from the engineering corps (Marine Engineer) and the other from the construction corps (Naval Architect). Rear Admiral Samuel M. ‘Mike’ Robinson was named BuShips’ first Chief, and Rear Admiral Alexander H. Van Keuren BuShips’ first Deputy-Chief. The United States Navy Bureau of Ships’ responsibilities included supervising the design, construction, conversion, procurement, maintenance, and repair of ships and other craft for the Navy; managing shipyards, repair facilities, laboratories, and shore stations; developing specifications for fuels and lubricants; and conducting salvage operations.
The BuShips was abolished by DOD Order of March 9, 1966 as part of the general overhaul of the Navy’s bureau system of material support, succeeded by the Naval Ship Systems Command, now known as the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The original watch was issued to members of the Naval Combat Demolition Units’ (NCDU) underwater demolition teams (UDT), who were responsible for clearing harbours and obstructions