WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

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WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by koimaster » December 18th 2018, 1:15pm

I got distracted about this due to personal matters related to my friend Boomer and holiday shopping but on the 16th of December 2018, Watchlords turned 9 years old. Given that I was not sure it would survive past the first few months way back when I have been pleasantly surprised over the years. The designated "Hater" site is still around the ship of fools known as watchgeeks is long dead.

I remember the first couple of years here when members were targeted at other forums for being here. Many were banned by the thugs over at the defunct inflicta watch forum for joining here. Others were mocked for mentioning the place and dead koi photos were popular at one point. Thug wannabes like ripped in the ass ron, 500mm or better, George the informant and a few others incited the lemmings who could not pull their collective heads out of their asses to pile on members who spoke about WL. In some cases the thugs that ran the place changed sig files of active members or read their private messages to warn them or ban them for what was said.

Over time the inflicta forum imploded with the ghost membership never registering at real watch forums such as this or others out there. Over the years the members here have donated thousands to charity with the donations of their own items and bidding to raise funds for groups such as Shriners, St. Jude's and others. Seems we are alone to this day in doing this. Some group of haters we have here. We have lost members over the years to death as well as to Facebook or changing interests. We have had some leave due to politics as well. A long time member was banned from the site for reasons I will not go further in disclosing. It is a reflection of the world around us IMHO. Not always our first choice but circumstances dictate outcomes here and elsewhere.

I for one am still waiting to see granny lalo and her original designs of the Russian Diver and those Inflicta Swiss Factories.

We have also gained new members over the course of time, some bad but most become members that are respected by the rest of the outcasts in the deep end of the pool. I have no intention of boring folks with this so, thanks for making the place home to some of the most interesting and learned WIS on the net.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by TemerityB » December 18th 2018, 1:47pm

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In all seriousness: Not bad. Thank sfor letting me hang about, and hope maybe that number gets doubled. Or tripled.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by Hawk » December 18th 2018, 1:53pm

And you've outlasted the lot of them.

I just looked and I've been here just over 8 years. I recall that you specifically warned me that joining under the same or a similar name would get me banned. I'm not sure if I was more skeptical or just didn't care but, sure enough, an "another watch lard busted" ban notice soon followed.

I tracked this forum down based mostly on direct, some might say "merciless", reviews and exposure of dubious brands and claims. I was mostly unaware of the personal history of bullshit flowing from WG. I might well have fallen into the trap of asking "why all the hate" but for the abundance of trolls asking the same thing which spared me the embarrassment and provided education.

Well done, ya olde farte. Well done indeed.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by foghorn » December 18th 2018, 1:59pm

I remember when there were just a few of us here. A bunch of forums have come and gone and many that were here 9 years ago have withered up and died. Wherefore art thou Alan (Darth Neo), Oscar Gaspar , Weenson Oo, John Holbrook,Don Ruch, Randy Rush et al?

Who wooda thunk a few old farts would get together 9 years ago and still be going strong today?



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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by SynMike » December 18th 2018, 10:38pm

Congratulations. That's staying power. I was banned from 2 sites for joining here. I don't even remember what sites those were called.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by conjurer » December 18th 2018, 11:29pm

Looking back a ways, it's interesting all the other sites, tainted brands and hucksters we've tangled with, and some of which now reside in a shallow grave in the Pine Barrens:

Watchgeeks
Larry Holmack
Joe Blazer
Bazinga!
Charles Ninetoes
The nutty used car salesman who was the first mook to put his head through the drywall
Dirtbox
Reza
Mongo
Jawbone
Larry Megan (who got fucked up pretty good)
Allison Waggonwheel
Buttons
George the Informant
Invicta Ryan
Tim Temple
Eyal Lalo
LaMink
The big twitchy fat guy who runs Stauer
Kevin Evans, rep for Ingersoll and horrific serial murderer
Millenials
Democrats
Republicans
Albanians
That District Attorney from Florida who I would still love to punch in her seat
Smiths
Charles Nelson Reilly
Larry Storch
Bea Arthur
Bob Keeshan
Nipsey Russell
Almost every microbrand
Master Wing
The Teutonic Turd Burgler who repped Constantine Weitz
Doxa
The WIT-less
Vladimir Putin
ShopNBC/Urine

While this is certainly a long list, it also certainly isn't exhaustive. I'm sure there have been others we've disparaged, called out, or simply fucking bloodily murdered.

But also important is pointing out the very many fine members here who have donated and bid on very many interesting and fine watches and objects d'arte, the proceeds of which have helped plenty of sick kids, people who needed help, wounded warriors, etc, and as Alain points out above, Watchlords is the only watch forum on the web that does this on a regular basis.

Also important are the members who are no longer with us, but helped shape the forum into what it is.

And through it all, we have not taken corporate sponsorship--we are self sustaining. We bow to no one. We are the Watchlords, and we are legion.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by 3Flushes » December 18th 2018, 11:29pm

Thanks to koi and the folks who got tired enough of the bullshit to do something about it---- and all just for the obsession with the goddam things- not an ad, not an obligation- just the degrees of freedom to call them like we see them and it's been more fun than a human being should be allowed to have to stand up for the ugly truth and laugh my ass off with the best in the bidness.

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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by ocean » December 19th 2018, 6:17am

Conjurer how could you forget Avi? I was a little late to the party. Miss some of the originals Eddie,AH. Definitely some sadness with are retired lords. BigEd someday we will be able to take that fishing trip.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by TemerityB » December 19th 2018, 8:41am

ocean wrote:Miss some of the originals Eddie,AH. Definitely some sadness with are retired lords. BigEd someday we will be able to take that fishing trip.


Oh, man, you got me with that one. A tip o' the cap to one and all.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by koimaster » January 3rd 2019, 11:21am

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Over the years members have come and gone. Many have left for facebook and others were here because they wanted to be free to say what they felt about tv watch brands and such.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by biglove » January 4th 2019, 3:43pm

Been here a little over five years...didn't realize had been that long. Came to an unknown site to bitch about and disparage Stan Botosh and Deep Blew.

Didn't know shit then, don't know much more now but have learned damned near everything I know about watches from you guys.

Even though I am down to three total watches including the forthcoming HKEd diver, I still consider myself a fan and enthusiast. And this will be home as long as I convert O2 to CO2.

Cheers to all.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by mley1 » January 5th 2019, 8:01pm

I've been on a lot of forums, even am admin on a few, and it's refreshing to be a member on a forum ran like this. Refreshing indeed. Members here have been good to me, even when I was an idiot. So, thank you Lords for allowing me to learn from you. I believe I'll stick around a while. One of these days my hard head will learn some things about watches............I do love the pics too. Thanks again for running a no nonsense forum where bullshit is called out for what it is, and members deal with trolls forthwith.
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Re: WL was 9 years old on the 16th of December

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » January 6th 2019, 2:48pm

Been here for two years now, way less than most of the regulars. And it's been a great two years for me at this fine joint. I can't possibly imagine how much fun I'd have missed, if bobbee wouldn't have told me, "Mike, if you have the balls, join Watchlords." I have, so I joined.
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