- Watchlord WIS
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I pretty much only posted on PMWF, but I had lurked here for some time. Even though I delayed in signing up, I completely appreciate(d) the comradery and straight-forward demeanor - and particularly, the uncensored environment at WL. Yeah, there are some ornery sons of bitches here, but that's kind of the magic - and I have thick skin and don't mind a little shit-disturbing. That said, I believe you will find me mostly quiet in the near term because I strive to delineate myself from what appeared to have been a bit of a troll epidemic.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been a mortgage banker for a little over twenty years. I'm 44, will have been married for 20 years this November to a fabulous & uber-patient woman (no pictures for free) who is strangely into neither cars nor watches. We have two teenage girls that are making my hair turn silver. (And fall out, damn it.)
I am very much a car and racing enthusiast. My first job when I was 14 was at an independent Mercedes parts vendor (before we received our "cease & desist" letter) and I learned very young that a little wrenching would go a long way: my first car was a 6.9 litre 116-chassis 450SEL. When I was around twenty or so I traded it for a 911 and that has since become my dedicated racecar ever since. It is now in RSR configuration as I await the completion of a built-up 3.6 litre to go into the 1800lb chassis. While it is currently a static display, I am a tramp that will drive anything and have been fortunate to pick up a ride here and there in other 911s & RSRs - and an occasional GT3. On the other end of the spectrum, I also actively race in the Lemons series - incredible fun in a shitbox that is supposed to be worth $500... we campaign a SVT Focus & a first-gen VW GTI.
I am equally whorish in my collection and tastes in watches, which are similarly eclectic. I think there are 58? Maybe 60. I am very proud of my Datejust as it has taken an absolute beating over the years (including melting a link from the jubilee bracelet on to the starter cable of a "positive earth" Austin Healey. It would have toasted my Ti Pathfinder, but the Rolex carried on.) Also love my classic Day-Date which is, to me, the ultimate formal watch - but perhaps a bit off-putting to wear that much gold in a casual setting. The Pulsar P2 LED is interesting, as are my 214 Accutrons - one asymmetric, one spaceview. My favorite all-arounder is a Porsche-Design/Eterna chronograph... with great antiglare & DLC coating, 10bar WR - yet I bizarrely also love my Alpha "mechanical chronometer" chronograph. I mean, really, WTF? "Chronometer"? Did anyone in China look that up? Still... it's a cool little mechanical chrono - for peanuts. I have about 5 or 6 Seiko in various forms of modification, and a handful of Vostok - one of which has been beadblasted, has the Dave Murphy-bezel, and had the lume done by Kent Parks. It ain't worth shit - but I just love it. "Not available in any store". A lot like our crapbox GTI... yeah it's a 1984 GTI, but it is a quick little car - once you jack the compression to 12:1. And add coilovers.
Beyond my family, a life worth living includes cool watches & interesting cars - and good wine & decent cigars - with a nod to Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No. 1, M/C No. 2, My Father as favorites in the last category
I would like to humbly tip my hat to Smellody, as I respect very much his willingness to delve into DIY-service on his Silver Spur. I also have a vintage Silver Shadow, and unlike the simple aircooled 911, servicing anything from Crewe is a huge pain in the ass. He made it look easy... and his superb Rolex and Tudor line up is equally awe-inspiring.
Lastly, as I'm sure you can imagine and most likely saw coming... but my heart's dearest desire is to be of value to our noble Order - to be brave, true and unflinching in service to our cause!