My Watches

I've been meaning to write up a watch stud-board post for a while now. I have 3 watches that I wear regularly, a Marathon TSAR, a Traser H3, and a Casio G-Shock. All have positives and negatives and this be helpful to some of you if you are considering any of these. I'll start with the oldest first.




Model: Traser H3

Features: Tritium inserts on hour and minute hands, above each numeral, and on the rotating
bezel. Bezel adjustable in 1 minute clicks. Date window at 3 o'clock.

Price Paid: $125 (Purchased Dec 2004)

Positives:
- Bright tritium inserts - great when camping.
- Acceptable accuracy - loses about 2 seconds per month.
- Lightweight

Negatives:
- Broke one of the plungers twice, the first time overseas (India). Thankfully a coworker
found a local jeweler who could fix it.
- Numbers wearing off of bezel - this seemed to be caused by high-deet bug spray.
- Dead battery after 2.5 years.
- Scratched crystal in first year.
- Fit and finish not up to the level of the Marathon.
- Crown does not screw down.

Comments:
This was my daily watch until I got the Marathon. I'll wear this only occasionally now.




Model: Casio G-Shock

Features: Solar battery, waterproof, stopwatch, multiple time zones, backlight.

Price Paid: $60 (approx - gift Dec 2005)

Positives:
- Rugged. I can bang the shit out of this watch.
- Value for the price.

Negatives:
- Accuracy - loses about 2 seconds per week.
- Bulky - this is a BIG watch.

Comments:
I typically wear this when hiking, shooting, swimming, doing work around the house or any other physical activity.





Model: Marathon T-SAR

Features: Tritium inserts on hour and minute hands, above each numeral, and on the rotating
bezel. Bezel adjustable in quarter minute clicks. Date window between 4 and 5 o'clock. Screw down crown.

Price Paid: $325 (purchased used 2007) Retails for about $600 with the metal band.

Positives:
- Accurate. I've had it a month and it has not lost any time yet.
- Attractive. The fit and finish on this watch is exceptional.

Negatives:
- Heavier than my other watches.

Comments:
I now wear this daily for work.



I used www.time.gov to test accuracy. I typically check my watches once a month or so and reset them as appropriate. If I could only afford one watch, I would buy the Casio G-Shock. This is a go-anywhere watch. I would pass on the Traser. The Marathon is a beautiful well-made timepiece and IMO is worth the $600+ new (with metal band). I am not in the position to invest in a Rolex or Omega, so it will suit sme fine.

-Paul D.

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I am not in the position to invest in a Rolex


Don't bother. Mine keeps track of time like a narcoleptic alzheimers patient with an affinity for moonshine and vicodin.


+1 on don't bother.
Dad broke the crystal on his Rolex three times... At over $1k a pop (first one was free) he found something a little more durable.


I like that Marathon.

I'm running a Momo Competitione (2006 model) self winding and a Citizen Eco-tech solar powered. Neither are HSLD, but they tell me the time. Smile
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Originally posted by M4Guru:
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I am not in the position to invest in a Rolex


Don't bother. Mine keeps track of time like a narcoleptic alzheimers patient with an affinity for moonshine and vicodin.


End of discussion vis a vis Rolexes. They owe their advertising company HUGE kudos. Mine will lose up to an hour a day and has been to the Land of the Big Chocolate Bar more times than I care to remember. Make mine Breitling.

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I notice that the H3 looks like my LumiNox other than the different company markings on the face. I have had my watch for over 10 years and have only had to change the battery one time. The crystal has a couple of small scratches, but it keeps almost perfect time. I believe it was money well spent.

Kandahar Air Field (KAF) Afghanistan...

On the Luminox note, I have one of the SEAL Luminox (Gay, but the one that didn't say Navy SEALS on it was about $150 more..I'll risk posing for anyone who actually notices.)

The battery died after about 4 years. I had a jeweler replace it, which he did for free cos he thought the tritium was so cool.

I quickly found out that it wasn't keeping time at all, to the tune of being several hours off in a 48hr period. I shelved it and meant to send it for service.

Flash 6 months later, I took a look at it, set it...and now it keeps time just fine. The drawer gnomes fixed it for me apparently, but I was checking it about every 30min for the first month I was wearing it again. Aside from that strange reliability anomaly, I've been happy with it. I'm still hoping to get a TSAR one of these days though.

I too have noticed a similarity between the Luminox and the Traser. Anyone know if they're related or just a common design?

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Luminox, Traser and now a few other brands, all come out of the same mold and then go to their respective companies for labeling.
They are all progeny from the original Stocker and Yale mil spec version.

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Now, not that I'm in any position to experience this firsthand (I could never afford a Rolex), but I do love watches (another expensive hobby that I really shouldn't have) and I've read that the desire from owning a Rolex or other manual or perpetual movement watch is simply the fascination of the workmanship. However, if the damn thing can't keep time worth a darn, that's an expensive intricate paperweight! I have a small face, gold and stainless early 90's Omega SeaMaster Professional that I bought as a quartz . It keeps time nicely, but if I did it again I'd opt for the automatic movement. New batteries in any watch like this is expensive since they have to do a pressure test also, and I assume they replace a seal? It's not like replacing a battery in a Casio. More to the tune of $35.00 - $60.00 a shot.

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The one thing i reccomand for anyone with arolex is an automatic winder. My old man has had a rolex for a few years. obviously he doesnt wear it in uniform so when he does in service it sits unworn for a week and stops tickin'. So i bought him an automatic winder that works similar to a metronome and he has never had a problem since. Im looking or a link now

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I am not in the position to invest in a Rolex


Rolex is a mass-produced watch (they make over a million a year). During the 80's Rolex went marketing ape-shit and then started jacking the prices up on their watches, they made themselves "fashionable" like those $300 jeans people buy.
You really want to have a fit, send it off to Rolex to get fixed, have a tube of KY ready.

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I've had my TSAR now for almost a year and I am very happy with it. It's my daily and I'm using a Zulu band but want to pick up the Stainlesses band here soon. It is a heavy watch but that is one of the "pros" IMHO.

I also have a Tag that I wear for Weddings, Funerals Anniversaries etc.
Good info on the TSAR, thanks. That's what I'm looking at to replace my current Traser. Smile
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For the price of a Rolex, at least the ones that I like, you could have an M1A Scout with a Short Dot. You could have 2 really nice mid-grade ARs and a new Glock. You could buy several cases of ammo for a class, and go jack yourself a Rolex, being the pirate that you are. There are other brands out there worth considering. Omega, and Breitling are still making watches intended for hard use. If you need a cost effective watch that gives you ALOT of bang for your buck and still looks bad@$$, look into a Seiko SKX009 Diver's watch. They list for $3-400, but can be had on Amazon for $150 approx. I mentioned this watch in the "Best 3 Pieces of Gear" thread, in 2nd Line.

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well, some news from the chocolate bars land...
First, I had a traser H3 during about 10 years without a problem. Something broke in it, and they replaced it for free...though the warranty had expired! I mean the entire watch! (I than was able to make a good deal for a titanium version) Great service. It is the original design, made in Switzerland. They had to find another name to be able to export them (so luminox) because the tritium thing in them is considered as military good and no go for export as such (Swiss laws...).
A real Rolex is a highly reliable piece of refined mechanic engineering. it comes with a certificate origin and a chronograph test. of course it will loose a few seconds every month, but it is normal for an automatic watch...I'm really surprised from your bad experiences...really!
Duke's right on the bang for the buck of the Seiko. In terms of keeping time, they're at the top of the heap. One day I will have an Omega or three, but until that time, I'm happy with the used Seiko I got on Ebay for $40. I need a replacement bracelet for it, since the one on it isn't factory, but I can beat the hell out of it and not feel too bad. The face is a virtual replica of the collectible 1970 automatic that my watchmaker buddy told me not to wear day to day. This same watchmaker buddy is the same one who told me the watch I splurged big time on, a Movado, was in fact made in Hong Kong (opened the back and showed me, even though the face says made is the land of cool little knives with bottle openers built in). Wish I'd known him first. He'll also confirm that Rolex watches are jewelry, not time pieces.

In a few months I'm gonna be back on a new watch kick, and will have to get a Pepsi-dial Seiko dive watch. Bad Karhma has had one for something on the order of 15 years, and it still runs like a champ.

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

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My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

It's no longer on the market, but I've got a Citizen Titanium Eco-Drive Chrono, I bought it 10 years ago for about $350 mail order, and it's kept time like a champ, never had to reset it unless I stopped wearing it for a time i.e. a week and it didn't get any sunlight.

Looking online at the updated Ti Eco-Drives, they seem to have a 4 year power reserve. Pricing is still about the same $400-600 retail, $250-400 street.

Mine survived daily saltwater baths with no ill effect.

I don't wear a watch much anymore because I just use the clock in my phone.

-Tom

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I run a Solar G-Shock with black "The Band" strap. An older Luminox "SEAL" watch with black face and black "The Band" strap. Problem with the Luminox is the bezel numbers come off easily when scratched or bumped. Mine an a couple of friends all had the same issue.

My baby is a Rolex GMT Master II. I wanted this particular Rolly for many years. No issues with it's operation. Sending it in for a"tune up" scares me though. I also got a Rolex Green leather auto-winder from the girlfriend a couple years ago. That's where it sits during deployments. Stuttgart Per-Diem rocks!

Interested in the Suunto X-Lander Special all black Edition. Any reviews or information?

My photo-foo is weak but thats not how I make my living. Wink Rolexes ARE made in China right? Confused
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well, some news from the chocolate bars land...
First, I had a traser H3 during about 10 years without a problem. Something broke in it, and they replaced it for free...though the warranty had expired! I mean the entire watch! (I than was able to make a good deal for a titanium version) Great service. It is the original design, made in Switzerland. They had to find another name to be able to export them (so luminox) because the tritium thing in them is considered as military good and no go for export as such (Swiss laws...).
A real Rolex is a highly reliable piece of refined mechanic engineering. it comes with a certificate origin and a chronograph test. of course it will loose a few seconds every month, but it is normal for an automatic watch...I'm really surprised from your bad experiences...really!


Hey Swiss brother. I'm definately dealing with a real Rolex and not some Hong Kong copy. For me, it has just been horrible. But, it hasn't led me away from your country's watches. 4 Breitlings and my pride and joy, my Dad's Patek Phillippe, which just makes other watches seem like a bad joke.

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Nice watches, I've had my eye on a SAR since they came out, sooooo nice.

For folks looking for a great quality swiss (automatic) watch I highly reccomend Ollech & Wajs I've had mine for more than two years, it's tough, totally accurate and for less than $300, unbeatable in terms of value. I really liked dealing with West Coast Time very knowledgable and great customer service.

"I was born in the 80's, dude. We just went out and did shit, not go out and do things just to document them having occurred." - MickFury

I sent my Breitling in for a new battery a couple of weeks ago. The jewelry store told me it would be around $100 and that they would have to send it ti Breitling. I thought that was a little pricey for a battery but what the hell. They called me back the other day and informed me it would be more like $400. Eek Thats a lot of coin for a watch I only wear a few times a year.
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Hey Swiss brother. I'm definately dealing with a real Rolex and not some Hong Kong copy. For me, it has just been horrible. But, it hasn't led me away from your country's watches. 4 Breitlings and my pride and joy, my Dad's Patek Phillippe, which just makes other watches seem like a bad joke.

You're the master at name droppin, ya know that?
I'm expecting something good for my next birthday, Bacon Brother.

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

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They called me back the other day and informed me it would be more like $400. Eek Thats a lot of coin for a watch I only wear a few times a year.



Hrmmm find a new shop or hopefully a Blowjob is included. $400 seems rather excessive for a "battery change".

-Tom

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I had a TAG Heuer for 12 years, served me well. Then I bought a Omega Seamaster, but got rid of that 6 months later after a diving accident where the helium valve let water in, Omega wanted me to pay for the entire repair, which I protested but no avail, then I payed it and sold the watch right away.

Now I have a Rolex Submariner LV(Green bexel), which I really like. I wear it all the time.
Keeps time, adds about a minute a month, I think.
Just recently I bought a Tudor Prince Submariner (Made by Rolex also)on the way as a novelty item, really.

A colleague of mine just came back from leave with a Breitling Emergency, military edition, which is very nice and functional for this line of work. Might want to look into that one in a years time if Im still working here.

Another friend of mine bought the, before mentioned, Seiko divers watch about 20-22 years ago, when we were in school together, he still has it, no complaints from him, it really is a good watch. Very popular among North See Oil-Rig divers.

Rolex is partly jewellery, yes, I'll admit to that, but a watch and an engagement/wedding ring are the only pieces of jewellery that a man can wear with out being gay, IMHO Smile
Another satisfied TSAR owner here. If an Omega was considered a Porche, I'd go with the Marathon TSAR being a Hummer. It ain't light and it ain't pretty, but it takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

Whereas my Seamaster has picked up all sorts of scratches in normal sheeple life, the TSAR tends to damage whatever it gets knocked against..

+1 on the ZULU band. I found the standard rubber one very sweaty, so I binned it for a black 2 piece ZULU.

+1 for Howard at West Coast Time! I've always excellent and speedy service despite the 9 hour time difference..

Location: London, England

conndcj, I am really shocked by what you experienced, it is not acceptable from a brand selling such high priced watches!
Ronin, you must find another jewelry store ! ask breitling where you can find a retailer. A battery change is something very easy to do for a watch worker and shouldn't take more than a few minutes. A good one would also change the O-ring on the back of the watch...
Keld, I looked at the Emergency series a couple of years ago. Chose against it because of the beacons freq. I read or thought I read that the world wide SAR-SAT system was changing freqs and the Brietlings would send on a different one. Does your buddy know anything 'bout this?

I think "Bear" wheres one on his show Man Vs Wild.
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When I was young and dumb I purchased a casio digital watch with one of those high speed watch bands that covered the watch face (you old guys know what I'm talking about) at the Harmony Church PX. It lasted me through my first year in the Army. The funny thing is it survived all the Action Guy stuff only to break when I accidentally dropped it getting out of a car. I'm still shaking my head about that bullshit. At any rate, I needed a new watch. A couple of the guys in my unit had Seiko dive watches that seemed pretty neat. I didn't get one of those because in the field I usually wore my watch with the band running around the upper left pocket of my BDU top, you know where it's not stitched so you can put a pen in there, and then it would either just hang on the pocket or I could tuck it inside depending on the situation I was in. I ended getting a neat little analog "water resistant to 50ft" camping watch from a place called Hudson Trail Outfitters in Springfield Mall Va. The case was metal, the hands glowed and the band was OD green so it didn't look out of place when I was in uniform.

I wore that little HTO watch for a number of years. In fact I still have it. After about 4 years when the battery died I took it to a local jewelry store to have the battery changed. The gal at the jewelry store removed the back of the watch and all manner of sand, dirt, and general funk fell out. She looked at me like "what the hell have you done to this thing". LOL. At that point, she explained the difference between "water resistant" and "waterproof" in the watch industry. Turns out that " water resistant" ...isn't. It's just marketing hype. Ok, so how do I get a damn watch that is actually waterproof? You want a dive watch, she says. All right, now we're rolling.

(You youngins need to remember that this was years before the internet existed, so you had to run around and find shit out yourself ...by actually talking to people!)

Off to the dive shop I go. Only to be told that real divers don't usually fuck around with expensive analog watches, they just use this great new $50 digital watch called "The G Shock". Well fuck that, I thought. I've already done the digital watch thing and it wasn't very satisfying. I ask them what they had that looked like that badass watch Magnum PI used to wear (at the time I had no idea I was talking about a Rolex GMT). The dive shop ended up selling me this battery powered analog watch made by an outfit called "Deep Sea" or some shit like that. That thing lasted a couple of years and starting having dumb problems like cracks in the bezel. Now realize that at this point I was out of the Army and not doing Action Guy stuff anymore. I was in college and the hardest use that watch ever got was me getting drunk and jumping to a swimming pool. I still have that watch too, but I'm not real proud of it.

The summer between by junior and senior years in college I worked at a footlocker in a mall in Salem Oregon. One of my buddy's was banging the chick who worked at the Van Hauer jewelry store. Her name was Rachel. My buddy called her "Rachel Van Hooker" That shit still cracks me up. ...At any rate, I ended up in this store more than once because of Jim's Van Hooker connection. I noted that they had the same model Seiko dive watch that some of my friends had owned almost 10 years before. This got my juices flowing. I set about researching dive watches. After about 3 months of reading and talking to people, my conclusion was that the best dive watch you could buy was made by Rolex. Omega has a competitive watch, but there were a good many horror stories that came from the people that I talked to about the Omega product not being waterproof. Of course real divers don't fart around with any of that; they just use the ubiquitous G-Shock. The other conclusion I came to was that the Seiko dive watch was the closest thing I was going to come to a "poor man's Rolex". So I bought it.

I wore the Seiko for about 8 years and the only complaint I had was that the band fell apart a couple of times. I still have this watch also, and I if I didn't have a Rolex I'd wear the Seiko everyday.

I ended up buying my Rolex Submariner in the late 90's because I was finally to the point financially to be able to buy it with cash and retire the Seiko. I have nothing bad to say about the Rolex. It's the watch I wish I'd have bought 20 years ago. I've warn it mountain climbing and swimming in the Caribbean. It keeps great time. It's my wear-everyday-watch, although I admit I haven't been wearing it hiking & climbing for the last year as I've taken to just attaching a solar G-Shock to the shoulder strap on my ruck when I'm in the field and calling it good. That's not a statement on the performance of my Rolex, the G-shock just weighs a lot less and for some reason the weight of my TA-50 is becoming more and more important as I get older. I love that watch, it's one of the few things I've ever spent money on that's given me everything I expected from it.

On the other hand, if you balk at spending $5k on a watch, get the Seiko. It's a great watch too.

Gary

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From Wikipedia.com:

Aircraft emergency frequency
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The aircraft emergency frequency (also known as guard) is a frequency used on the aircraft radio band reserved for emergency communications for aircraft in distress. The frequencies are 121.5 MHz for civilian, also known as International Air Distress (IAD) and 243.0 MHz for military use, also known as Military Air Distress (MAD). Both are in use at the international level.

In the U.S.A. 121.5 is monitored by air traffic control towers, FSS services, national air traffic control centers, and other flight and emergency services. Separate frequencies exist for military and other government emergency frequencies.

In the UK, 121.5 is monitored by the Royal Air Force Distress and Diversion Cells (known as "D&D") at the London Terminal Control Centre and the Scottish Oceanic and Area Control Centre, from a nationwide network of antennas.

Older Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) transmit on 121.5 in case of impact. Newer ELTs transmit on 406 MHz, with a low power beacon on 121.5 MHz for local homing. Satellites listen for the signals and alert local personnel to the emergency, and the beacon allows search and rescue to find the scene of the accident faster. 406 MHz beacons are encoded, allowing the vessel of origin to be determined and false alarms quickly verified. Satellite support for the 121.5-only versions is being phased out in early 2009.
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So yes, it's getting changed, but Im sure, when it gets changed, Breitling will make it possible to get the new frequency in....
(Not being a radio geek at all, but that watch has saved numerous lives so far, why not update it? I just cant see it not happening)

Casket,
I agree, I grow more and more fond of my Sub everyday. First scratch on the bezel, hurt a bit, but it kept me from trying to spare it in the future.
Casket, when you started your watch speech I thought of this for some reason!

Captain Koons: Hello, little man. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I was a good friend of your Daddy's. We were in that Hanoi pit of hell over five years together. Hopefully, you'll never have to experience this yourself, but when two men are in a situation like me and your Daddy were, for as long as we were, you take on certain responsibilities of the other. If it had been me who had not made it, Major Coolidge would be talkin' right now to my son Jim. But the way it worked out is I'm talkin' to you, Butch. I got somethin' for you. [The Captain pulls a gold wrist watch from his pocket] This watch I got here was first purchased by your great-granddaddy.

It was bought during the First World War in a little general store in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was bought by private Doughboy Erine Coolidge the day he set sail for Paris. It was your great-granddaddy's war watch, made by the first company to ever make wrist watches. You see, up until then, people just carried pocket watches. Your great-granddaddy wore that watch every day he was in the war. Then when he had done his duty, he went home to your great-grandmother, took the watch off his wrist and put it an ol' coffee can. And in that can it stayed 'til your grandfather Dane Coolidge was called upon by his country to go overseas and fight the Germans once again.

This time they called it World War Two. Your great-granddaddy gave it to your granddad for good luck. Unfortunately, Dane's luck wasn't as good as his old man's. Your granddad was a Marine and he was killed with all the other Marines at the battle of Wake Island. Your granddad was facing death and he knew it. None of the other boys had any illusions about ever leavin' that island alive. So three days before the Japanese took the island, your 22-year old grandfather asked a gunner on an Air Force transport named Winocki, a man he had never met before in his life, to deliver to his infant son, who he had never seen in the flesh, his gold watch.

Three days later, your grandfather was dead. But Winocki kept his word. After the war was over, he paid a visit to your grandmother, delivering to your infant father, his Dad's gold watch. This watch. This watch was on your Daddy's wrist when he was shot down over Hanoi. He was captured and put in a Vietnamese prison camp. Now he knew if the gooks ever saw the watch it'd be confiscated. The way your Daddy looked at it, that watch was your birthright. And he'd be damned if any slopeheads were gonna put their greasy yella hands on his boy's birthright. So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hid something. His ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.

___________________________ "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body." - Charlie Sheen

That's funny shit.



Gary

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A difficult child at best, fit neither for the cloth nor the pen, too dangerous to be unleashed upon society and too horrible to let live, but yet too brilliant and unique to destroy; He was eventually given over to The Ft. Benning School For Boys to receive the proper education and be brought up right -as both a savior and destroyer of man.

Notice, class, all the required elements of the Plainclothes Pirate;


-the huge chick-magnet watch, the cool guy ballcap with the bill curved ever so perfectly, the %82 drained glass of beer -not a mug, or a bottle or a can for christmas' sakes, but a glass- and the leather A2 jacket -all with the grin that says; "I enjoy me some killin'."

Well done, sir. Posterity thanks you. Cool
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
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the huge chick-magnet watch, the cool guy ballcap with the bill curved ever so perfectly, the %82 drained glass of beer -not a mug, or a bottle or a can for christmas' sakes, but a glass- and the leather A2 jacket -all with the grin that says; "I enjoy me some killin'."



LOL.

That's a Kifaru hat. ....I think it cost more than my watch did. Wink

Gary

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A difficult child at best, fit neither for the cloth nor the pen, too dangerous to be unleashed upon society and too horrible to let live, but yet too brilliant and unique to destroy; He was eventually given over to The Ft. Benning School For Boys to receive the proper education and be brought up right -as both a savior and destroyer of man.

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Originally posted by Duke:
Notice, class, all the required elements of the Plainclothes Pirate;


-the huge chick-magnet watch, the cool guy ballcap with the bill curved ever so perfectly, the %82 drained glass of beer -not a mug, or a bottle or a can for christmas' sakes, but a glass- and the leather A2 jacket -all with the grin that says; "I enjoy me some killin'."

Well done, sir. Posterity thanks you. Cool

slight resemblance to Zim?
Zim was a great NCO!

Gary

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A difficult child at best, fit neither for the cloth nor the pen, too dangerous to be unleashed upon society and too horrible to let live, but yet too brilliant and unique to destroy; He was eventually given over to The Ft. Benning School For Boys to receive the proper education and be brought up right -as both a savior and destroyer of man.

Holy Crap, you DO resemble Zim! *And Zim also captured the big bad bug at the end. *And then he wound up running the Darma Swann Station on the island. lol.
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