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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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.

EricO
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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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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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.

quote:
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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"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


Here you go, dude. First one is for free. Now tell 'em the history of that gnarly Seiko of yours. 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
I think its the watch, believe it or not. Wink
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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
The mod-gods are laffing...nice

I should be beat with a rubber hammer to even attempt posting a pic...Hell, Haji had to fix my karma, and Javahed posted my first avatar...Now Duke posts my first photo! Monkey screwing a football comes to mind... Roll Eyes

Oh yeah, the "watch" is a Seiko I bought in the Kunsan BX for about 120 USD...I had trepidations about wearing it to work (Town Patrol in A-Town/Kunsan City) until it shattered a 'combat bottle' of OB aimed at my noggin (Korean PCSers/TDYers can relate!)...Then deflected a Korean hook's butcher knife...It's been part of my gear since then...The face shows the scars/miles of all the trips around the world, and only loses about three minutes a week...

Funny thing is that every female I've met HATES this watch! The ONS/Squeezes/GFs/BAPFs, and now my wife (AKA HH6) cant stand this watch, maybe they sense jealousy (in an inanimate object?! Come on!)from it?

I was HAPPY to find the last 5 button sweater at the PX in Ft. Chaffee...The pistol's a Glock 36/Knife's an Endura...The coin was given to this old "cold warrior" by the Base Cmdr. at FE Warren...Made from an LG-118A "Peacekeeper" missile 'bus',IIRC...I love the inscription, "God speed old warrior, Mother SAC awaits you", complete with mushroom cloud/SAC crest...The S.P. badge patch is to remind me where I came from (happens when I drink too many beers nowadays)...

___________________ 'A cassette guy in an Mp3 world'...

Here you go.

From left to right. The non-waterproof HTO watch, the crappy $100 "Deep Sea" thing, the Sub, the Saiko dive watch, and the G-shock I actually use in the field now. On top is a SA mil-spec 1911 and an Old Guard coin.

...Crap. I forgot to put a cool knife in the photo!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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Well, show me that Randall! Big Grin

I hung the "broke digital" on a tree branch at Camp Bullis...The "Timex" went flying into the ROK Army compound...Some poor Korean schmuck probably still curses us "round eyes" for that!

The hat in my photo is a present from my bud in the Somme...Issue "ABMC" hat...Nice jacket , BTW...

___________________ 'A cassette guy in an Mp3 world'...

Ugh. Your right, I'm a dumbass. Wait one.

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.

Ok, here you go. It's a Randall M-15 with saw back, a cut down guard and a border patrol handle. The wheel gun is my grandfathers .38 from WW-II.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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Gary, I thought you had a 2-tone Rolex, with a blue face? ... didn't you post a pic of that with your wallet that said "BAD MOTHER F****ER" on it? -or do I need to cut back on my caffeine again...?
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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
Ah brother, Im having "Randall Envy"...

Damn, "Renaissance man" comes to mind...Tactfully ignoring the more modern knives you posted... Big Grin

You have a job that allows you to drive a Land Rover, many rucks/bikes/gear to hike the woodlands of the west coat/a "movie star" face/an XO that could match wits with Ms Rice and shares in you passions/said hobbies...I bow in respect to everything that is "Portland" Your "foto-fu" is strong, Adashi...

___________________ 'A cassette guy in an Mp3 world'...

Thanks Brother.

Duke, no. That Sub is the one I've always had.

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.

quote:
Originally posted by WARPEE:
HA HA.... Family Pic's .... Which one's your wife?
Renee...If I posted a pic of my HH6 on the internet, She'd probably use her Walther "present" on me...
Yeah but the path to where that picture is stored on your computer is in a file called Family Pics. I thought it was funny.

Thanks for the Rice thing. I needed that today. Rice Rice Baby!

This watch stuff is fascinating. I dont even own one.

Ren

Ren

__________________

"I will either find a way or make one."

Tag Heuer from the late 80's. Ive been wearing it almost exclusively sans a few Timex pieces for a brief time. All Ive done is change the batteries and seals once every 2 years. Keeps great time.

 Im not "High Speed", Im "Non-Stick"

Nice wrist candy all, now if any of you ever get serious Razz about owning a real tactical time piece, you've GOT to look into a Kobold. A bit on the pricey side (4+K) but they are BOMB-Proof and damn sexy.

I've had mu SMG-1 for about two years now and it's the BEE'S KNEES. I had it PVD coated a while back to give it that "tactical" look, but other than that, she's stock. Light, tough, only looses about 4-5 seconds a week and it just plain kicks ass, in two time zones even. She is my daily wear-er and has been ever sice I ponied up. I've been everywhere with it, down at Herby Field in the CV, to the Custo plaque off of Catalina Island. It does it all and looks good doing it.

Here she is:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."

I sure would have thought it would have come with a better looking band for that kind of money. I guess I just prefer a solid metal watch with a metal band (except for that Citizen above, of course).

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot shoot, courage to shoot the people I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

The band looks like a Rhino, MF/BF standard issue.

Matt

__________________________ Lo there do I see my Father, Lo there do I see my Mother and my Sisters and my Brothers, Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning, Lo they do call to me, They bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, Where the brave may live forever.

That MMT is a nice looking watch.

__________________________ Lo there do I see my Father, Lo there do I see my Mother and my Sisters and my Brothers, Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning, Lo they do call to me, They bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, Where the brave may live forever.

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Originally posted by sjauch:
Here are a few of the bunch:
Omega Speedmaster Pro




That's about the only Omega I've ever liked.

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.

Desertpilot, i'm jealous of you.. Kobold is a sweet watch. I'm still kicking myself for not taking advantage of the $1000 special pricing on the Spirit of America last winter. Dammit!.

Nice collection Gary.

-RK

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"Human endeavour is only to be judged by the spirit in which it is attempted." Eric Shipton - 1938

quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
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.

You will never look back and never regret it.

I have owned exactly two watches in my life. One was a Seiko a teammate gave that the Panamanian cocksucker movers stole and the other is the Seiko I have on right now.
---------------------------------- THEY ARE NOT WORTHY OF YOUR CONCERN AND TRUTH BE TOLD – IN THE PIT OF THEIR COWARDLY HEARTS – THEY WISH THEY COULD BE LIKE YOU. LTC Randolph C. White Jr Have a very SF day.© ἤ τᾶν ἤ ἐπί τᾶς
quote:
Originally posted by Casket:
quote:
Originally posted by sjauch:
Here are a few of the bunch:
Omega Speedmaster Pro




That's about the only Omega I've ever liked.

Gary


I agree. It's the only watch I wear anymore. I only take it off to sleep and shower.
I have a Seamaster Pro sitting in the box. I think I wore it twice.
Send it to Haji, C/O the shop address. They'll know who it goes to.

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

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

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

Sneaky if I'd have listened to my Bro's 20 years ago and just got a Seiko dive watch, I'd probably still have it. Instead I had to go my own way and cycle through a half dozen POS watches only to spend way too much on a Rolex.

...There's a lesson there somewhere.

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.

With all respect to my partner ... he loves the seiko, AND the rolex. There IS a lesson in there somewhere. Follow your heart. Evaluate, research, and find the right tool for the right job. If youre not into spending $$$ on a watch then dont. If you are ... then do. Simple.

Ren

Ren

__________________

"I will either find a way or make one."

quote:
Originally posted by Sneaky SF Dude:
quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
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.

You will never look back and never regret it.

I have owned exactly two watches in my life. One was a Seiko a teammate gave that the Panamanian cocksucker movers stole and the other is the Seiko I have on right now.


My dad handed down his old Seiko and I wear it now. He got it in 1967 and it still works. Its a little dinged up now but it still keeps time pretty darn well.

"Be a man of principle. Fight for what you believe in. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society.  Lead from the front. Conquer your fears. Be a good friend. Appreciate your friends and family. Be a leader and not a follower. Be valorous on the field of battle. And take responsibility for your actions."
Major Douglas A. Zembiec, USMC

I bought a Tag with the Hudson High crest on it as my dress watch and was wearing a G-shock as my daily watch. This thread made me pull out my Seiko dive watch that I bought in the Ft. Polk PX in '85, put a new band on it and wear it again.

if you want a man to keep his head when the crisis comes you must give him some training before it comes. - Seneca

Off the topic of watches:
Gary,
Nice knife collection. The Randle is very cool.

Those knife pics bring back some other memories.
When Al Mar first designed the SERE Folder, the first 50 some of those all got finished by me here in the shop.
This was a project done for the man who founded the SERE School and we were on a pretty tight deadline as I only had 7 days to do my part, drive the knives up to Al's place and get them on an airplane for Ft. Bragg.
Here is small detail on the project from the knifemakers view.
I accidently severed a couple tendons in my right hand on knife no. 1 of the project. My hand specialist closed it up without doing the re-attachements, frowned at the idea of my continued working but told me he could fix anything that happened later so I went back to work and made deadline.
When I got back from Al Mars the next medical procedure was scheduled and the night before I made the scalpel that did all the re-opening work then stayed awaked to make sure the Doc used my knife. Things healed fine.
I'd made some skin grafting tools for this surgeon before so the the type of edge wasn't unknown to me, hell Sneaky can operate with a broken beer bottle so it isn't that big a deal.
I had to steal....um...uh...take artistic license with Gary's pic. I love the S&W .38. I don't have the nice blades (yet ) but I do have the pretty cool Colt pocket auto. NIB actually. Haven't had the stones to shoot it.

I do have my Breitlings and the Rolex. Three (the Rolee, the Navitimer and the Blue Angels) were gifts from my parents over the years for various milestones (college, inmate of the month at Hartford Correctional and law school) The two tone Navi was my wife's wedding gift to me. (If you look carefully, you can see I don't own an autowinder.) It even came with the spiffy hat. Next on the target list is a Panerai. I'll have to take my Dad's Patek out some day but I don't have the heart to wear it yet.









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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

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That version colt, I believe, was Patton's back-up gun in the film.

*and for those of you following along at home, you can buy a very decent used pickup for the amount of watch goodness B6A has displayed there. YARRRRRR!!! Nice watches, bro!
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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
Wow, excellent watches. Besides the obviously fantastic high-end Breitlings, Rolexes, and such, I love the Kobold, MKII (not familiar with these) and Ollech and Wajs. Love to add one of those to my meager collection below.

Mid 90's Omega Seamaster Pro, modern Calvin Klein, classic Movado dress, Casio solar G-shock, Lorelli and a company service award cheapie. Oh, and by the way Conndcj, that is a freaking ultracool Colt pocket auto. Especially in that condition!
EricO
I love this thread.

Nice stuff guys!



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.

quote:
Originally posted by Sneaky SF Dude:
quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
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.

You will never look back and never regret it.

I have owned exactly two watches in my life. One was a Seiko a teammate gave that the Panamanian cocksucker movers stole and the other is the Seiko I have on right now.


Have the same watch it is awesome, although I did break it once (got ran over by a SPLL. . . don't ask), but Seiko customer service is outstanding, and I had a new watch in less than a week and a half of sending the old one back.
---------------------- JDAMs for Jesus
What good is all the gear if you don't have a watch that kicks beaceaup fanny? I just gave this thread my 'Five MCLMM Check Marks For Coolness' vote.

I want that Colt Pocket Auto. That thing is like having Vanna White in your pocket.
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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
And I thought Id generate some laughs when I put my stuff on an "old" 5 button sweater...Not only would I have to turn in my "man card" by saying "lets see your sweaters!" Then Conndcj would pull out a five figure cartigan worn by Prince Charles or something...

I bet the story on the Colt pistol is that Humphery Bogart used it in "Key Largo" or something...C'mon man! Out with it...

___________________ 'A cassette guy in an Mp3 world'...

I'm glad you're enjoying the TSAR, Paul. They're great watches, but just don't sit on my wrist right.

Because I couldn't afford a Chronosport UDT at the time (1983), I got one of these.



And now that I can afford it, I got the Chronosport also.



edited to fix picture links

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One of the coolest threads. Ever.

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

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

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

dvnt, tell me bout the mil xlander. Looked at one before just wasn't sure.

Hows it holding up? Is the face just too big to avoid scratches? Easy to read? Type of light? etc. Thanks!
=================== [COLOR:RED]FUCK I HATE THE ENEMY!!![/COLOR] :mad: I can not believe the voluntary ankle-grab the planet is continually posturing in for these stone age parasites.
mags,

I had a regular X-Lander and really liked it so when I found this it was an easy choice! I went and did a ton of home repairs and heavy yard work last week. I beat the watch a few times and not a scratch. I did scratch the piss out of some furniture with the watch though...

The band is the best one band I have seen yet. It "locks" and is a mofo to take off.

It is super easy to read and the light is not too aweful bright. It is advertised as blue but still looks more green-blue to me.

Only draw back I have had so far was a stupid mistake with bug spray... Ruined the battery cover. Easy fix though with the battery kit. I did that with my last one. I had an Advisor that took a beating, lost the bezel, tore up the band pretty good. This one has held up so far to some worse incidents. The Citizen is a tank and I think this one is right on par with it! (I just noticed one ding in the casing and the finish did not budge at all.) And I get a compliment or question at least once a day about it too.

Oh and the buttons can be used when in the water. They updated that for the mil version with the dive watch buttons.
I just bought the Marathon T-SAR from LAPolice Gear during thier Memorial Day sale(adds neat little goodies). I also got the optional stainless band. I'm not a good waiter. I'm already antsy. My father gave me his totally restored Rolex Submariner a few years ago but I don't wear it to work because I hope to someday pass it on to my son. The T-SAR will be a dailey wear watch that should serve me well.
Can't wait
I am a little late getting on the topic but.. MAGS, if you send your Rolex through a reputable Rolex dealer back to the factory for tune up or repair you shouldn't have any problems. I have a Rolex Submariner, blue face, stainless and gold band. Several years ago the self winding spring broke and it kept losing time. After about a three month wait time the watch came back from the factory looking brand new. Since I only had the one watch and am a cheap bastard when it comes to owning watches I just didn't know what time it was for three months.
quote:
Originally posted by MickAv8r:
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.


MickAv8r,

Question please. My ex girlfriend gave me as a gift lat year a Citizen Eco Drive. Problem is that it doesn't hold the charge. I've tried puting it in direct sunlight, under a lamp etc. and it holds the charge for less than an hour. It's a nice watch but at present all it's doing is serving as a paperweight. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. PM if you prefer.
What's with all the Rolex bashing? Tag, Omega, and Breitling advertise way more than Rolex ever has. I bought a S/S Submariner in the mid 90s for $1950, haven't had it serviced, worn it daily, and it still runs like a champ. Oh, and I could get more than I paid for it. Try that with any other watch. (PS: don't put your mechanical watches in your wife/GF's ultrasonic jewelry cleaner)

Seiko diver watches offer great bang for the buck, and http://www.skywatches.com.sg is a good source for stuff you won't see in the US.

My other pick for a solid mechanical movement diver watch is the Oris TT1 from
http://www.watch-czar.com/
I don't really think folks are bashing Rolex's as much as noting that they seem stereotyped.

Here's another example. The Mazda Miata is one of the closest things to a roadrace car you can buy off the shelf. Unequal length A arms on all four corners, coilover shocks, almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution, ...suffice to say it's a scary enough car that when the SCCA reclassed it into CSP everything else in that class became uncompetitive (I say that as the proud former owner of an umcompetitive 1st gen CSP Mazda RX-7!). So all you non racer guys should just read that as "them Miata's are pretty badass cars". ...Yet they are still seen by a huge segment of the population as a "girls car". Does that make them any less of a roadracer for the street? No.

Back to the Rolex thing. So some people I don't like wear them. ...Is that reason enough for me to choose another watch that is not (in my opinion) engineered as well? No.

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.

G., its all good. Folk bash stuff like Rolexes, Range Rovers, high-end 1911s, -you know, the finer things of life. Some may have had a bad experience or two. All I know is, if any of the above showed up - I would wear, drive, and carry that bad boy in a heartbeat, in full lustful abandon, and never bat an eye. Wink not saying this is the case, but alot of folks hate what they can't have. Like Heidi Klum... the worthless strumpet... she knows she wants me instead of that pockmarked hack of a husband of hers.

My dream ride is the Ferrari ("Luigi only a'follow the Ferraris." -you fathers will know the movie) 575 Maranello.


This Pininfarina curved chariot of lust, shouldering a V12 with an available Marelli F1 gearbox... I'm not sold on the 599 GTB yet, but motoring in this roman masterpiece would definately require an upgrade from my Seiko.
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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
To coordinate with the 575M, I've been partial to the looks of Bell&Ross, as well as the classic Omegas, not to mention the Air King by Rolex. You don't need a diamond encrusted bling-bling loose-fitting thug-watch. All that will say is that your wang is undersized, and you have major insecurity issues. Besides, diamond watches are for formal events, tie and tails - or at the least, just black tie. Everyone knows that. *Its in the Baconforce Field Manual under "Couture and Pork: Knowing When To Wear What, and How To Wear It". You need a work-horse watch, when you drive a Ferrari. Granted, you could bequeath it to your offspring, but it should not just look good, but in the event the Yacht goes down off the coast of the Gallapagos, you need one watch to see you through. You buy Striders 'cause they look bad@$$- but also cause they dice up car exteriors like turkey-sausage. You need a classic chronograph, one that will slide under a cuff nicely, and not clash with your Mont Blanc cufflinks.



I like the 'Old School', 'Casino Royale' looks of this time piece.

This is just classy, and won't dent your french-cuffs on a nice Lorenzini shirt. I have wanted one since 1997. September '97, to be exact. I tried one on in Bailey Banks and Riddle, and the lady next to me looked at it, and said to me; "I'd go home with you." Yowza.



*I also have had my heart set on the Breitling Emergency Mission; the Boy Scout in me loves the idea of having a UHF Emergency emitter in my wristwatch. But, that's me. Wink
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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
Bro,

Just get the best of both worlds. Panerai watches are amazing. I lust after one.



http://www.panerai.com/s_dett_prodotto.xpd?id_padre=594...=7344&id_dettaglio=0

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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

 Joined: 28 Nov 2004: 0037hrs        Location: The worst run state in the U.S

conndcj, ya kill me ya know..? You have enough watches there to finance a small revolution...perhaps a medium sized one.

I am not posting pics of my Breitling or Rolex here... cause, well, conndcj's are so much nicer than mine Smile

However, the story of the Breitling is entertaining. My nephew and I went to Vegas November of 2001 to see a U2 concert. We decided to really live large and stayed at the Bellagio. Well, the day of the concert he and I were playing the dollar slots when I hit a 'big' one... the light was blinking and the people came to pay me... well, they ended up radioing another person to come and pay me as well. In the mean time my nephew goes to get me another Citron and Soda... and I go the the next machine... where...I hit it again... pretty good winning. Nephew comes back the the Citron and was like, "Holy shit... this the same winning?" I was like, "No... that one was that machine,this is a new one". So, the same folks show up to pay me again. We then walked around the corner to another line of machines... played this one... was about $300 down when, boom! Hit it again, another big win.

I don't want to brag how big it was... but, it was sizeable. By the time I got my 3 payout...I had several Citron & Sodas and we had to get ready for the concert. On the way to the room, passed by Bellagio's watch shop. I walked, saw this Breitling Chronograph I liked...decided that I wanted it. I told the gall working that I would take it. She looked at me surprised and said, "Sir, you do know this watch costs $X,XXX???" I said, "yeah, is cash okay?" and then proceded to count out the money.

It was a good day... never, ever have been able to repeat that day at a casino...

Y
Duke, you should come over to Ferrari of Washington sometime (Rt. 28, just south of 7) and we can grab some wings after you're done salivating.
quote:
Originally posted by exporter:
Duke, you should come over to Ferrari of Washington sometime (Rt. 28, just south of 7) and we can grab some wings after you're done salivating.


You know how to sweet-talk a guy, you know that? Wink You're on.
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The answer to 1984 is 1776.

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quote:
Originally posted by exporter:
Duke, you should come over to Ferrari of Washington sometime (Rt. 28, just south of 7)


I was just in that dealership the other day and drove the Maserati Quattroporte. WOW! What an outstanding sedan, I am truely impressed.
And now back to watches...
This is my Dad's 1962 Longines diver. He bought it new in 1962 and wore it nearly every day until a few years ago, when he gave it to me. I had it serviced by IWW and then put it away my safe. What's really cool is that the tritium paint still glows!

Joined 12/2/02          Location: Puyallup, WA

 

"malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem"

Thomas Jefferson 1787

The newest additions here ...


Victorinoix's Ambassador XL Chronograph


and a left-hand friendly Kobold.

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Joined: November 2002

I am really jonesin' on Kobold. I had not been familiar with them until recently, but am very impressed. I am interested to hear about thier long term durability.
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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
quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
I am really jonesin' on Kobold. I had not been familiar with them until recently, but am very impressed. I am interested to hear about thier long term durability.


Same here. I first heard of them after looking in some mens magazine. Went to their website and fell in love.

Great thread
Nice watches!

The only one I've used since 2004 (where I bought it in the danish PX in Iraq), is my TAG Heuer 2000 Aquagraph.
I use it for all purposes (civil/military), including deployments. So far, it has been twice in Iraq ond once in Afghanistan, and will see the dust of Iraq once more this August.

It keeps time very well, I adjust it once a month (approx 1-2 minutes), and there isn't a scratch in the glass (have withstood both mortar-, rocket- and IED-attacks! Cool).

Pictures:

The watch with manual and guarantee.


The full-leather box it came in.


Box content.

As you can see, there's both a steel link and rubber strap (w/ extention) + a tool for shifting between the two.
Also included is a diving planner.

I absolutely love this watch, and believe that TAG Heuer makes some very high quality watches!
--- http://medlem.jubii.dk/christianraaschou/
at the moment I don't have time to scroll through 7 pages of Inc's article on Kobold, but IIRC in the past they were a private-label version of SINN watches from Germany.

Sinn has a solid rep. Check out the "Sales Corner" of Timezone.com
quote:
Originally posted by exporter:
at the moment I don't have time to scroll through 7 pages of Inc's article on Kobold, but IIRC in the past they were a private-label version of SINN watches from Germany.


Nope. At least that isn't what the article says.
I love this thread.

I wanted to post about Swiss Army by Victorinox. I have always liked these watches and thought they were both classy and rugged. A good all around watch. I have a pocket watch that I really love and keeps great time. I recently bought a stainless cavalry model and after 2 days, it quit working. No big deal, new battery and I'll be GTG. Wrong. Runs but won't keep time worth shit. I call the factory and am told that they won't cover it because I had my local jeweler put a battery in. I should have taken it to an AUTHORIZED dealer for a simple battery. This is a brand new watch, not a scratch. Store says it was working when I left and can't do anything. I didn't even know that it's not really a Swiss watch. Apparently, You can leagally put the Swiss stamp on it if "X" number of parts are Swiss. The watch is really made in China according to my Jeweler.

To sum up, no more business for Victorinox for me. I don't know if Wenger is the same, but I thought Victorinox was a much better company that would stand behind their product.

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The watch on the right is an old F1 tag Chronograph I have been wearing daily for almost 20 years. Can't seem to kill the thing (thus giving me an excuse to get a new one!) but I have not jumped out of any planes with it either...the left, is a Rolex Yacht Master in platinum. That's my power watch for conferences, etc. I used to have a pretty decent collection of watches, but sold them all and narrowed it down to one "everyday" watch and one dress/power watch for business, etc.



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Wow, guys. You have some incredible pieces of bling in this thread. Unfortunately, my collection of watches is rather small at this point in time. Only a Ladies Eco-Drive and a Breil (~$350) I bought in London, i.e. chump change compared to some of these collections.

However, I can't bitch too loudly. I'm 23, own 3 Montblancs and enough bespoke/couture clothes and accessories to make a woman twice my age jealous.
I have or have had Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Oris, Fortis, and Carl Bucherer watches.
This is my current deployment watch in the sandbox, a simple Seiko dive watch with a Zulu band.

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Been out of the Military since 96 and haven't worn a watch since. Cell phone only or when In doubt I use Indian (NDN) time.

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"Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity." --Sitting Bull 

 



I want a Carrera with a leather band next. Someday a Breitling. An IWC Spitfire is what I REALLY want.

quote:
F1 tag Chronograph


My first "decent" watch... I got in a nasty car wreck with it and all the chrono dial hands went back about 5 notches and it got all scratched up. I sent it off to Tag for repair with an explaination, they fixed and polished it for free.

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Hmm I am a watch addict. Currently I wear an

Omega Seamaster Professional 300ft/1000ft blue face steel band. I bought it used from a fellow LF'er and never had a problem since. I brought it to the Box with me and wear it daily. Hands glow bright as hell at night.

For the gym, I wear the Suunto Vector, holds up well in the gym.

Im looking for a Paneri historical now if anyone know a good place to find one.


DM
You forget me, man?

Here are two shots of my "24" model Doxa Sub 750T Sharkhunter military, along with a gratuitous porn shot of my collection (to include a 2005 T-graph pro, what for I am wearing today)...





L to R:
Omega X-33 generation II
Omega Speedmaster Pro
Fortis Cosmonaut with Lemania 5100 movement
Breitling Cosmonaute, also with a Lemania engine circa 1991
Doxa military
Doxa 2005 T-Graph Pro

not pictured
Glycine Airman 18
Seiko RAF chronograph version 1 and version 2

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Dude,

Great collection!

Where did you get the box?

I only have one serious watch, gotta get my mitts on a digital camera to share it... stupid technology taking a dump on me...
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Wrist check time again? I've been buying and selling a bunch of vintage stuff, mostly Seiko divers, but here are a couple of my keepers.

I'm still wearing this 6309 almost constantly, but it's been recently upgraded with a serviced NOS movement, hacking kit, new crystal and fresh gaskets all around.



I grabbed this vintage 300m "Tuna" last year from the original owner, and it's still looking pretty good for almost 30 years old.



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Join date: 3/8/03

Location: NC, USA

Here is my baby. Tag Heuer Aquaracer. Bought in Vegas a couple of years ago with Valkyrie. Absolutely great watch. I have had zero problems with it. It keeps great time and is tough as hell. It is getting a little nicked up as I wear it every day. It has 20 or so jumps and has been to Iraq once.
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My Seiko Diver's Automatic loses about 10 minutes a week. I've had it since Dive School (98) and worn it through damn near every dive since. I have a G-shock, that works just fine, but I just broke the band in a fight at work.

My pride is my Omega Seamaster. I used my first tax return as a street cop to buy it, and got a good deal ($1300).

No man is entitled to freedom, unless he be vigilant in it's preservation-Gen. Douglas MacArthur

I picked up a Citizen Ti Eco-Drive at my mother-in-laws pawn shop and use that as my off-duty watch (it dosen't tell the date)

If you guys are looking for a good deal on a watch, PM me the type and I'll keep my eye out at the pawn shop.

There is an older, yellow faced Doxia, several Seikos, and a Movado or two there and she can't move watches fast enough!!

Mods, if I over stepped, delete and let me know.

Bart

"I've got an 8 man team and we're at the Michael Jackson Theater. There's a thousand people in there. We'll protect them."

Unit 792, 01Oct17

"I prayed for them to stop, but God is bisy" Ryan, defending his twin sister in a letter to Santa

I need to upload pics of my severly abused Marathon TSAR. I wish more quality watches were made with tritium illum. I don't think I'll ever go to a non tritium illum watch unless its purely for dress. My watch's bezel has almost all the black paint grinded off from various scuffles and hard use, the white paint on the 60 second market is knocked out from speed wrenching to get an ACFT up for a mission, edges are dinged from working the 240...

But I don't care, and thats the best part. Its not pretty, not anymore, but I know that the crystal will still be there after a hard smack and I don't have to check, I know that I can see what time it is at a glance without any indigo light or weak ass luminescent paint that won't last the entire night.

The Zulu band I have smells like death and has white buildup from showering in all the creases. There is dead skin that has filled the checkering on the crown where it contacts the back of my hand.

I fuckin' love this watch, and I'll probaby get another strictly for dress...or a CSAR. I think the CSAR is sexy as hell Big Grin
Sneaky SF Dude: "These Iraqis have one thing going for them, if they had to be conquered, and they did, they couldn't have been conquered by a nicer bunch of guys.
quote:
Originally posted by jappel:
a simple Seiko dive watch with a Zulu band.



Is that the 22mm band, bro? I broke my 2nd polymer strap for my Seiko. I am considering a Maratac silicon or a Zulu.
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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
quote:
Originally posted by frznballz007:
Here is my baby. Tag Heuer Aquaracer. Bought in Vegas a couple of years ago with Valkyrie. Absolutely great watch. I have had zero problems with it. It keeps great time and is tough as hell. It is getting a little nicked up as I wear it every day. It has 20 or so jumps and has been to Iraq once.


Dude! I know that watch! is the 19 new?
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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
I have one of those old Seiko Automatic watches, I'll have to dig it out. Was my uncle's, it's a great watch, just needs a new band. I'm waiting on my Suunto X6 to get back from being fixed.

Brian
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quote:
Originally posted by Duke
Dude! I know that watch! is the 19 new?


Yes you do. Nah, man, the 19 isn't new, I just only had the 17 out when you were over. I got the 19 and the 17 on the same day. Truth to tell, however, I like the 19 WAY more.
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quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
Is that the 22mm band, bro? I broke my 2nd polymer strap for my Seiko. I am considering a Maratac silicon or a Zulu.


Yep, Duke, it's the 22mm band.

JayCeeNC __________________________ "Kill evil. It's how quality of life is achieved. Carry on."---Ted Nugent

Here is a pic of my 3 Pawn Shop Queens and my Luminox. Some how, I cracked the crystal on the Luminox in Baghdad and the band gave up while in A'stan.


The Sunnto Vector is my hunting/hiking watch. The altimeter isn't that accurate though. The Citizen Ti EcoDrive is my off duty watch and gets day to day wear. The G-shock is my Kage Kikker watch since I can pretty much boil it to get it clean. The Luminox used to be my daily wear watch until the strap gave up. It seemed to just rot away. Any body else have that issue? It's a series I.

Bart

"I've got an 8 man team and we're at the Michael Jackson Theater. There's a thousand people in there. We'll protect them."

Unit 792, 01Oct17

"I prayed for them to stop, but God is bisy" Ryan, defending his twin sister in a letter to Santa

Damn, those are some nice looking watches in this thread... now I want a new one.

To tell the truth, the watch I wear most often is a $20 walmart special. My 6yr daughter made Mom take the $$ from her piggy bank and take her down to Walmart and she picked out a watch on her own and paid for it herself as a b-day present for me....

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quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
Oh and Padre, get a Zulu. They're the bee's knees.


Dude... there website is open in an adjacent brower window... GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!!!
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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
quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
My Time-fu is weak; I've only got a Traser. Frown

Oh and Padre, get a Zulu. They're the bee's knees.


Nothing wrong with Trasers, DOL. Tough, accurate, glow like a sumbitch tritium and they don't say NAVY SEALS on the dial.



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Join date: 3/8/03

Location: NC, USA

I don't have much in the way of expensive watches, but here's my significant ones:

Left ta right: Seiko 5 I traded a box of .357 Hydra Shocks and a couple speed loaders for. That was a good deal, since I hadn't owned a .357 in years. Next is The Baller Ass Watch that I still owe stuff in trade to DZ for, with it's new Seiko bracelet. Its beefy. The cool one is a 1970 Automatic, the first year they did an auto, I'm told. The bracelet on that one is cool as hell. Used to be my dad's, but didn't work when I got it. A watch maker friend of mine put it back into working order. The last one was pretty rough when I got it. Its a 1890-1900 era Waltham pocket watch. When I got it, it had a dent in the back of the case, and no crystal. The same watchmaker friend removed the dent and replaced the crystal with an NOS one, as well as giving it a thorough cleaning. Runs like a top, but I don't carry it much. I'm too afraid of losing it!

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

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

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

My daily wear for the last several months is a Seiko I got from a guy here on the board...great watch, looks good--fucker looses about 7 miutes a week.

So in keeping with not so great time keepers, I am on the hunt for a Rolex GMT Master/II...its that or a Springfield pro--either way, I am bound for divorce court over it LOL

 

 

 

Here's my Seiko collection. All of the pawn shop watches. 2d from the right is my $25 Seiko, getting a new bracelet for it cost more than the watch did!

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Casey, automatic watches can be adjusted. Find someone who can work on that Seiko and have him adjust that fucker for you.

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Here's one for Harper. This was my dads, who gave it to me a couple years ago. He bought in new in 1962 and traveled the world with it.
IWW did the mechanical tune-up on it before I put it in the safe.


Here's my current rotation.
On the left is a Casio Pathfinder 1200-3V. Amazing watch regardless of it's size. Next is a Luminox 3100 on a NATO band from Windy City Watches, with a custom, dial decal I had made. I have extra's, PM if interested. Next is an Alpha Time (Chinese) copy/hommage of the Omega Planet Ocean. Pretty decent watch that keeps good time. The lume sucks, but it has a nice case and bracelet, it's an auto. Then we have a Ray special from eBay. Nice case, no lume, sits on a Seiko bracelet I already had. Nice beater.
Smith and Wesson trit tubes in a titanium case and band. Given to me by a buddy. Last is a Seiko 6309-7049 rescued from a pawnshop a few years ago. This one too, went to IWW for a relume. Sits on a one piece Zulu.

Joined 12/2/02          Location: Puyallup, WA

 

"malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem"

Thomas Jefferson 1787

quote:
Originally posted by Rich275:
Here's one for Harper...


Too late.

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Joined: January 19, 2005                                  

Location: Anaheim, California

ClosetCaseNerd-

Is that how you normally wear the strap? It is reversed from how I normally do it i.e. buckle at the 12 o'clock side. Confused

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quote:
Originally posted by KLR_Redux:
ClosetCaseNerd-

Is that how you normally wear the strap? It is reversed from how I normally do it i.e. buckle at the 12 o'clock side. Confused


I wear mine like ClosetCase Nerd too. It puts the buckle on the side of my wrist where I am less likely to notice it. On the bottom of my wrist, it would prevent me from gripping some things (or just be annoying when I work at a desk/laptop). On the 12 o'clock position, the buckle would be more likely to get hit or catch on things.
Yep I wear it as shown.

With the buckles on the outside of my wrist (reversed from whats shown) I'll end up leaning against it anytime I'm leaning on that forearm. Yeouch.
Sneaky SF Dude: "These Iraqis have one thing going for them, if they had to be conquered, and they did, they couldn't have been conquered by a nicer bunch of guys.
My folks got me a Tag Formula 1 for HS graduation. I wore it daily till turning 40 last month when my wife surprised me with an Aquaracer. I know she overspent but my old one has been bulletproof. I mean 20 some odd years of college, policing, shooting, camping, boating... I have not been easy on the watch (or the body that was attached to it) to put it mildly. The battery in it started running out right after I got my new one. What is amazing is that I bet I have not put 3 batteries in that watch the entire time I've had it.

If the Aquaracer is as good I will take it to the grave. It is nice, solid and heavy. Just a good damned stainless watch.

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Nicely done.
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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
Up until now the most I have ever paid for a watch was $150 for my Luminox (on right) - mostly because I tend to break watches within a year. The Luminox has been seemingly indestructible now for over 4 years though and the sapphire crystal doesn't even have a scratch.



The one in the middle is my new Lum-Tec Combat B1. I saw it in the pictures below and couldn't get it out of my head. I couldn't pull the trigger at $595, but I saw that a guy had them on ebay and was accepting offers. I offered $500 and he took it. It looks like he still has a few left if anyone is interested.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...em&item=320351992111

It seems like a great watch so far, and I get complements constantly.





The other watch in the top picture is just a Citizen Eco-Drive chrono. It has been a good watch, and I picked it up fairly cheap, but the crystal is plain mineral glass and is already scratched pretty good. The cool thing about it is that it is solar powered.

The other watch that I can't get out of my head is the Ollech & Wajs Mirage II (the Mirage III ain't bad either). Fucking gorgeous. They seem a little hard to come by though.

You are so in trouble now. Mad

The bottom one is flippin' gorgeous.
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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
Just ordered an Orsa Military. Have heard some pretty good things about it and figured for $36 shipped, I couldn't go wrong. I'll post pics when it gets here.

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I love the looks of those Orsa Sea Anglers, very unique. As for the Zulu band, I wear mine with the buckle on the high noon side, and when it came time to replace it, I had to do a bit of modification to the buckle itself, because on the previous buckle, the little bail was constantly snagging my shirts, and so a lot of my shirts now have these little spots where threads are pulled out. I took a file and shortened the bail, rounded it down a bit, and actually cut a little groove in the buckle portion so the bail would sit deeper. Works fine.

Ziptie

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I'm rocking my Omega X-33 generation II today. I know the aviators and pilots on this board are familiar with this baby, and the only quartz watch I own.

If it's good enough for NASA...

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Damn, after 15yrs, this is the first non-Tag I've worn for over 5min... I love it!

Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean. The face is black. Comfy, by heavy as shit and HUGE!

GIs carrying 1911s defeated Axis forces, including Austrians. The 1911 was winning battles and saving lives before Gaston Glock was even born - somewhere along the way we probably figured out a thing or two on combat handguns." –Larry Vickers

Here are my work watches, Casio F91-W. They keep great time and they are cheap as hell




All kidding aside, I have used Casio G shocks forever as they were free and pretty much indestructable. I bought a Sunnto vector a while ago and while it is a great watch (a little too big) I am really starting to want one of those Seiko SKX009's.

Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they cut me down.

quote:
Originally posted by PYRO:
Here are my work watches, Casio F91-W. They keep great time and they are cheap as hell




All kidding aside, I have used Casio G shocks forever as they were free and pretty much indestructable. I bought a Sunnto vector a while ago and while it is a great watch (a little too big) I am really starting to want one of those Seiko SKX009's.


So what, cut the red wire? Big Grin

---------------------------------- The movie "Idiocracy" was not fiction, it is prophetic though. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium. - I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.

My new Orsa Military

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I picked this one up last year and finally got a halfway decent picture of it. It's an all original Seiko 7548 quartz diver from May 1978. The seller said it had been sitting in a drawer for a long time and the condition shows it hasn't been worn much. It wasn't running when I got it, but fortunately the original battery didn't leak so all I had to do was replace it (and the gaskets) and it was ready to go.



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Join date: 3/8/03

Location: NC, USA

I am also a big fan of watches. My budget keeps me from buying what I want, but here's what I've got.
This is my Citizen ecodrive. I've had it 6 or seven years now. I used to where it everyday, until one of the pins fell out of the band. I need to get it fixed, but haven't gotten to the jewler to do it.


This one is my grandfather's Seiko. This is my current everyday watch. He had one of those stretchy metal bands on it, because he had no knuckles in his fingers. The band on it now is a cheap one I bought at Target (The stretchy one kept ripping out my arm hair.)

Joined: October 2007.                       Location: Nebraska

 

Mike, great sigline.
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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
It's got the moon phase, the date...It's appreciating more and more every day. It's yours. I want you to have it".

"No, I couldn't...unless...you want to trade? This is a Timex, with the Twist-o-flex band, by Speidel. I appreciate this thing more and more every day.

Unless somebody else wants to trade? Its got a moon on it..."

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

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

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

Haji,

That's a completely under-rated movie and, in my opinion, one of Murray's best. (other than Caddyshack of course)...

I'm not a devious man by nature, but when you're unarmed, your tactics might got to be downright Archimedian

 

 

very underrated. I couldn't find the exact quote and had to quote it from memory!

Anybody know what watch the Yuppie had?

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

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

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

I just spent 20 minutes reading through all this again and drooling at the photos.

Super fun thread.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

That ErnstBentz is fricken beautiful!

quote:
with the Twist-o-flex band



There are two things in life that make me want to go bat shit nuts, get a meat cleaver, and go crazy... The flex-o-stretchy watch bands and those jacked up polyester shorts all PE coaches wore in the 70's, 80's, and possibly the 90's.

Ie: The coach in "Dazed and Confused".

GIs carrying 1911s defeated Axis forces, including Austrians. The 1911 was winning battles and saving lives before Gaston Glock was even born - somewhere along the way we probably figured out a thing or two on combat handguns." –Larry Vickers

This is my life thru watches:

1. Seiko auto divers was a H.S. grad gift from my brother in 1983. The lume is shot and the band went too. My first real watch.

2. Manual wind rose gold Gruen Curvex bought at "wanna by a watch" in LA (1986). After my H.S. class ring, my first piece of real jewelry.

3.Tag Huer Formula 1, Law School grad gift. 3 batteries in 17 years (1992)
4. Timex Indiglo Chrono (1994)



5. Elgin Swiss (2000) Needed a metal dress watch to wear to court.
6. Casio Ediface (2001) Costco Special 25.00. Waterproof to 100m, screwback case, decent lume.
7. Skagen Titanium, dressy and very light on the wrist, bought to match a titanium ring as well. (2004)
8. Swiss Army Field watch. Clearly an "homage" to Panari (2006)




9. Seiko Auto Divers, A seiko outlet store in Branson sold it at 165 as a "2nd" and put a metal band on it to boot. (2008)

10. Nike Chrono-another Costco special at 25.00. Without a doubt, the easiest digital watch I have ever had to set.





11. A Harold Ng (Yobokies on the MWR watch Forum) modded auto Seiko. Date complcation ring changed to black w white numerals, sterile dial with "airplane" lumed second hand and display back. 118 USD shipped from HK, shipped/received 11 days from order. The watch reminds me a lot of the basic Sinn watch at one seventh of the price. Harold is very responsive and his prices are very good. Two mates feom work have already ordered as well.

There have been a few other digital quartz watches along the way and a nice Pulsar Chrono that I scratched making grips such that I sold it. I am focusing more on automatica at this point though Costco has a very studly Citizen Titanium "EcoZilla" dive watch at 179ish that is calling my name. In short, I am a watch whore with more taste than money.

Fantasy watches- Apollo 11 Omega Manual wind Chrono x2, one circa 1960s and a current model.

david of vcdgrips.com
I am on the HUNT for a watch. After seeing this and getting my first "real" watch this past Christmas, My HH6 picked up a ESQ Squadron Chronograph for 185 dollars when a store went out of business. I know its a shame to call an ESQ a real watch but again I'm new to the watch game. That said I saw this thread and Jim C with the "TUNA" from Seiko. I have since looked high and low for one for sale. Any leads on a source for a TUNA, they appear to have been discontinued and I am still checking with local sources. I will post a pic of my ESQ when I get a chance.


KKJ-Out!

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IT IS WHAT IT IS- The Motto of the street cop.

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