Benrus Sky Chief
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
Early Pilot Chronographs are straight up cool. Regardless of the name on the dial, these watches from the 50s easily catch our attention.
This Benrus Sky Chief features a heavily patinated three register silver-tone dial with a coin-edged finish to the bezel. The rotating bezel features a tiny red timing indicator, a small but important detail that so many of these mid-century chronographs feature. Elongated blued steel hands stretch across the dial as well as fill the sub-dials.
If you're into adding unique vintage chronographs to your collection that don't break the bank, this Benrus might just be the perfect solution.
In the 1940s, watches made by Benrus were flying off the shelves… literally. And among them, the best-known is this watch: the Sky Chief, perhaps one of the most perfect pilot’s watches ever made.
Starting in the 1920s, Benrus released watches like the Benrus Airman, which was used by pilots of the National Air Transport Company—the first airline to operate cross-country flights. The relationship between Benrus and aviation did not end there; in fact, it was only solidified as Benrus continued to produce watches tailor-made to the needs of pilots.
The Sky Chief, introduced in 1940, is without a doubt the brand’s most famous chronograph. Though it was released in several variations (including triple-date models), it’s the pilot’s version that’s become the most iconic. At first glance, it’s a tool watch, looking much like the chronographs worn by the world’s air forces.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Benrus Sky Chief