Squale Professional Divers Watches:
Back in 2000 I did about 130 drysuit dives in coldwater in one year, nearly all decompression dives. Maximum depth was more than 70m for 10 minutes and then 50m for another 10 minutes. So I was quite interested in having a closer look at the Squale Professional Diver Watches that Amtraq is distributing now. A non fancy divers watch with all the classical features. A bezel for keeping track of the time (can be alternatively used for backing bread as well) auto eta clockwork, saphir glass and the watch crown later than 4 o´clock. Alternatively equipped with an Nato watch strap or a leather one by L.I. Sounders.
What a bomb proof construction with some of the best materials around. My favorite is the structure/surface of the american bison leather. Its like a bigger scotch grain but not as much as ostrich leather. Best of all, it looks great from the beginning, no big break in time.
Here are the facts:
- Pendleton 24 ounce melton wool body
- American Bison leather sleeves and pocket welts
- Chenille and embroidered decoration
- 100% worsted wool trim
- Quilted lining
- Snap front closure
For orders check the Amtraq distributed stockists.
Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob pipe:
Grabbed this pipe on a recent trip to Italy. Not knowing that it is actually the famous Popeye pipe. But not only Popeye was one of it´s famous users, Norman Rockwell (Saturday Evening Post), Mark Twain and Frosty the Snowman and now me.
I was a bit puzzled when I read the “Meerschaum” reference on the bottom of the pipe but it is part of the name. The pipe (head) is made of a corn cob and wood.
Grown in Missouri soil and handcrafted for over 143 years in the same Washington, Missouri, building, Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes are an American Legend – making Missouri Meerschaum the world’s oldest, largest, and leading manufacturer of corn cob pipes. Since 1869, six generations of Missouri Meerschaum skilled craftsmen have believed there is no substitute for quality and excellence.
Vintage Ski Race Cup Fischen 2012 – Allgäu:
Yesterday we were on an antique, classic, retro, vintage or heritage (whatever) ski team race cup in Fischen close to Oberstdorf in the Allgäu region. Each team consisted out of 4 athletes. A nice atmosphere, a lot of fun and great cloth and equipment. They raced down in a group of 4 and the time was stopped when all of them reached the finish line. Just close to the start the competitors had a stop to have an energy drink – Schnaps. With only wooden skis some sportsman and sportswoman showed great skills. It was a relaxing event with kids, families, clubs and workmates competing against each other in a funny way. We definitely will have a look again next year.