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Old 30 June 2020, 04:25 AM   #1
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Woe is me, my Brian May is lost

I fully expect to be chastized mercilessly here for sharing but I'm going to tell you all my cautionary tale. My Brian May LE arrived by Fedex on Tuesday. I am not a NATO fan so I immediately ordered a rubber strap for it. Playing around on Thursday I found that the rubber strap from one of my Turtles was a perfect fit EXCEPT the springbars were not perfect. The ones that came with the watch were skinnier and left some slop at the strap, the fat boys from the Turtle were not a tight fit to the case. It came off once while I was still mounting it so I made a mental note to take it off before doing anything active.
I don't baby any of my watches and on Saturday was at a private mountainbiking ranch and forgot to remove it. Riding with a teenage friend, six miles into the 9 mile lap I noticed it was gone! We rode backwards starting there and unfortunately did not spot it. The first four miles is singletrack in heavy woods with lots of thick undergrowth right up to the trail. Also rocky, rooty, and bumpy. We were going fast enough that it could well have bounced a few feet from the trail instead of dropping to the middle. A few people both on bikes and running went out after us but no one saw it.
I take full blame because I knew it wasn't a perfect fit but don't expect me to not wear nice watches ever again when I ride. Frankly my mtb habit is way more dear to my than me watch hobby. I feel certain it's out there still and will be found eventually. The ranch has posted a Missing Watch flyer with a $50 reward. Mountainbikers are not watch thieves so I'm sure if someone finds it they will turn it in.
It's a good life lesson for me. Material things are just that. The time I spent riding then searching with my young companion was more meaningful than just having a thing. I may go back next weekend and hike the trail looking, I'm not going to seek a replacement as I have faith this one will find its way home.
I'll leave you with a pic I took on the Turtle strap.
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Old 30 June 2020, 04:32 AM   #2
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Oh no :-( So sorry to hear this!
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Old 30 June 2020, 08:19 AM   #3
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Sorry dude, bummer
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Old 30 June 2020, 08:22 AM   #4
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So which springbars were on it at the time, fat or skinny?
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Old 30 June 2020, 10:14 AM   #5
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Thatís too bad. You could always pick up a metal detector and walk the course.




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Old 30 June 2020, 10:42 AM   #6
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So which springbars were on it at the time, fat or skinny?
I had the fat boys on and I donít think they fully opened into the lug holes of the 5.
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Old 30 June 2020, 10:46 AM   #7
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I had the fat boys on and I donít think they fully opened into the lug holes of the 5.
Yeah, most likely. That's too bad. Hope you find it!
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Old 30 June 2020, 12:15 PM   #8
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That's a tough break, sorry.
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Old 30 June 2020, 12:17 PM   #9
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That’s a bummer ... any chance you can find it?
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Old 30 June 2020, 12:49 PM   #10
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What a bummer. Hope it finds its way home.
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Old 30 June 2020, 01:29 PM   #11
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What a sinking feeling that must have been. So sorry.
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Old 30 June 2020, 01:30 PM   #12
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I had the fat boys on and I donít think they fully opened into the lug holes of the 5.
Isn't the Brian May based off of the new Seiko 5 case? If so that watch can't use Seiko fat bars. It uses spring bars with a .8mm tip diameter if I recall. The Seiko fat bars have a 1.1mm tip.

Sorry to hear about the lose.
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Old 30 June 2020, 03:21 PM   #13
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:-(

Sorry for the pain and thanks for the head’s up for the rest of us.
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Old 30 June 2020, 03:42 PM   #14
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Sorry to hear... +1 on the metal detector idea - perhaps you could borrow/hire one for a day?
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Old 30 June 2020, 09:02 PM   #15
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Oh well.
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Old 30 June 2020, 11:15 PM   #16
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Really sorry to hear this. I know how excited you were when you were able to track one down. Hoping for the best.
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Old 1 July 2020, 12:02 AM   #17
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Sorry to hear. Accidents happen. Hope it turns up. It’s replaceable, so it beats injury or illness on the calamity scale.
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Old 1 July 2020, 01:11 AM   #18
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Sorry man. I wear my watches mountain biking, usually my seiko arnie, g shock but sometimes even my submariner. But this can happen to anyone. My brother lost a gshock he owned for a few weeks while swimming. Even if one is lost, I am a proponent of living life with our watches and sometimes very sadly they get lost.
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Old 1 July 2020, 02:03 AM   #19
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Sorry man. I wear my watches mountain biking, usually my seiko arnie, g shock but sometimes even my submariner. But this can happen to anyone. My brother lost a gshock he owned for a few weeks while swimming. Even if one is lost, I am a proponent of living life with our watches and sometimes very sadly they get lost.
Thank you. I will certainly be more careful in the future but itís always a possibility. The venue where it happened is a private ranch but its trail is always open to the public. I truly believe it will show up, maybe even years from now, but if it doesnít life will go on.
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Aw man.. tough break losing a watch smack dab in the middle of the honeymoon period. Still, it sounds like youíre taking it the right way!

May it find itís way back to you.


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Old 1 July 2020, 04:25 AM   #21
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On a positive note everybody else that owns one will go up in value as thereís one less available.
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Old 1 July 2020, 09:04 AM   #22
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Thank you. I will certainly be more careful in the future but itís always a possibility. The venue where it happened is a private ranch but its trail is always open to the public. I truly believe it will show up, maybe even years from now, but if it doesnít life will go on.
Imagine the patina when it shows up
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