The Watch – A Symbol of Social Status, and Some History

Rolex_Watch-originalWe decided to stop the imprecations (rightfully deserved by some self-conceited schmucks) for a moment and focus on beautiful constructive things. Since watches and their history is one of our passions, we’ll start drawing a bit on that topic. We’ll then gloss over the topic of social status for a bit. But first here’s a bit of background.

There are quite a few high end wrist watches available in the market. They are considered as the ultimate status symbol of being a rich and famous personality. It is a signature that “you have arrived” in the social circuit. These luxury watches are usually worn by the rich and famous celebrities of the world. These high precision instruments are usually equipped with unique serial numbers. Some of the world famous brands include Rolex watches, Cartier, Omega, Piaget, Bulova and Tagheuer and many other such reputed brands. Most of these high-end watches, including Rolex watches, are Swiss manufactured. The Swiss watch industry was based in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Geneva watches are always respected for their superior quality and unprecedented craftsmanship.

A brief history

By 1770, the forerunner of the modern self winding watches was conceptualized at this location. By 1842, the pendent winding watch was invented by one of the founders of the famous Patek Phillipe Watch Company. More complicated watches began to be developed with special features such as perpetual calendar, fly back hand and the chronograph. Rolex watches is one such company which has a rich historical background. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex watches, decided to counter the view that wrist watches were mere gadgets. He revolutionized their utilities by manufacturing water resistant, chronometer wrist watches with date viewer, launched the diver’s watch and many such innovative time-pieces. For instance, military or tactical watches with complications like the compass, and aviator or pilot watches with complex chronographs,  tachymeters and calculator dials.

Like the founder of Rolex watches, Cartier brand was established in Paris in 1847. The main focus of Cartier watches was to satisfy the most extravagant desires of the clientele. Most of these exclusive pieces are in-set with diamonds on dials and wrist bands. The manufacture of the first wrist watches with a winding crown decorated with a distinctive sapphire created a sensation in 1906 followed by Tonneau which became legendary. However, following the death of Louis Cartier in 1942 the golden era of the family came to an end. Unlike Rolex watches, though the Cartier classics are still cherished, they have been unable to rejuvenate their production. They now sell, along with their own brand, other reputed Swiss watches.

Another reputed Swiss watch, like Rolex watches, is Patek Philippe. This company in 1927 is believed to have presented the first wrist watch with a perpetual calendar. It is also known for the jewel watch with “baguette” movement and a dial set beneath a huge precious stone. In 1941, they developed the chronograph. Similar to Rolex watches, Patek Philippe continues to evolve and they predominate in the production of complicated pocket watches such as Star Caliber which was manufactured in the year 2000.

Omega is another such luxury watch which started production in 1848 and was based in Bienne. This brand is believed to have been used extensively in space exploration as the Omega Speed Master Professional was worn by Neil Armstrong on his maiden walk on the Moon. Like Explorer II of Rolex watches, such Omega line of watches is mostly used in expeditions. The latest Omega watches have an impeccable appearance and is a definitely a prized possession of the owners. They are comparable to the Rolex watches in their finish and craftsmanship. The Omega watch collection, including Sea Master and Constellation are comparable to the Submariner of Rolex watches.

Bow hunting’s Beards and spurs club.

After reading an article about Bow hunter’s Beards and Spurs club, I pick up the phone and called Steve Grace the founder of BBSC. Steve started the BBSC because Pope and Young Club does not have a wild turkey class.     Steve feels that turkeys are an animal that should have the same prestige as any other big game animal.     That is why he stated the BBSC

Steve has been hunting turkey for since 1982 with a bow and he has killed 167 birds to this date.     He wants bow hunters to have there own class like they have for other big game animals. As he say’s on his web page most of the time local turkeys hunting originations are dominated by gun hunters. He feels that there is a need for a bow hunting turkey origination.

Steve is a hunter that understands the problems that are common hunting with a bow.     He has taken his knowledge about hunting to come up with a scoring system that is fair and easy for everyone. This system is very simple and is similar to the way deer are scored.     The weight of the bird doesn’t count.     The score is a combination of the length of the beard and spurs. He also has a different class for each subspecies and Hybrids of turkeys.

The way the system works is the length of the beard is multiplied by 5 and the length of the spur is multiplied by 40. The reason that this is system is so well thought out is that turkey’s spurs keep growing though out there life. With this system, the age of the turkey will increase the score the bird gets. A two year old bird will score 110 a four year bird will score 140.

BBSC also keep records of where the hot spots are. As a member you can see when the most recorder birds are killed.     The BBSC also has hunter of the year and have contest for the top video and scoring turkeys in each category.

If you are a bow hunter for turkey and want to know how your turkeys compare to other turkey this is a good place to start. The cost is $30.00 a year and $10.00 for submitting your score.     About the same as Pope and Young club charges.     Check out there web page

Bow Backpacks 101

As it may be of general interest here to our newly acquired bow hunting audience, I introduce the most prominent among the bow-carrying backpacks that have come to the market in 2014.

We start off with Badlands, a very technical line of backpacks of which we’re presenting their new models.

The first and a good fit for archers is the Diablo model.

It is a superlight, 3.8 lb., and I would say that’s less than half of the weight of a backpack of the same characteristics! It has plenty of pockets, Hypervent system, which makes it comfortable and causes it to flow air between the back and the backpack avoiding much sweating, has internal frame to avoid noise, compression straps, and two side pockets for water bottles.

Another very interesting option, for the more adventurous, is the 4500, a backpack that separates into a fanny pack and main backpack, inner frame of ultra-strong polycarbonate, pockets for scope, straps to attach the bow, etc etc.

They are great quality backpacks, the only downside is the price.

A curious backpack is the new Backpack Blind.

It has a system that allows you to cover the tree stand, of course, having the rail (that almost none of us have) but it allows you to create a blind at any time using branches or anything…

Also interesting are those of Blacks creek guide gear.

We have the new Jim Shockey (which by the way, has a good website) Saskatchewan, which has a generous 1850 plus 250 cubic inches. It allow you to carry the bow or rifle, apart from numerous straps to compress the backpack or attach things, and a few large side pockets for water bottles or a scope.

They also have the new Yukon, a brutal backpack, 6500 cu. In. with external frame and intended for hunting in the great North.

Cabelas have been used by our friend Peter, the Cabelas Bow Rifle Pack, which enables you to carry a bow safely, has a silent fabric and large capacity. The front pocket can be removed and made into a backpack.

As an interjection, check out the page on the best bow hunting backpack from Rangermade.

From Crooked Horn Outfitters, we have the new Trailblazer II, designed specifically for bow hunters. It can be used as a backpack or as a fanny pack, besides having a system also to carry the bow, it has seven pockets, water pockets, and much more.


Another backpack of increased capacity, intended also for travellers is the High Country Extreme II, with about 5000 cu. in. capacity, compartment for a sleeping bag, lots of pockets, bow support, and pockets for scope and compression straps.

Eberlestock have the new Barta Wilderness Stalker, an incredible backpack, with many compartments, large capacity, straps to cinch things, bow carrier (including longbows), waterproof, with a special fabric that does not make noise even in situations of extreme cold. A compartment for sleeping bag, internal pockets, internal frame, and so on. It’s a backpack to take into account (much to my taste), the only con is that they are a little expensive. These are the official backpacks for firefighters and some bodies of American snipers having specific models for them.

They also have the Fanny Pack Slingshot that I can recommend personally because I have one, has great capacity (almost like a backpack), lot of pockets, a folding pocket, you can carry the bow with a system of quick access, etc.

From Fieldline, which in my opinion brings some of the best value for the money, comes the new Montana 2 in 1, another backpack-fanny pack, with about 2300 cu. in. capacity, with many small pockets for GPS, mobile phone, etc, featuring the Modular locking system, for adding more accessories, pockets for spotting, is waterproof, etc.

We are not done with the Fieldline, we leave them for another article, there are much more to cover from them! For the time being I’m just leaving their website.