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Yesterday I turned 40
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Yep, four decades. Up until yesterday it didn't seem much, but thinking about it now, well, it's four decades. I remember when my dad was 40, and at the time I thought he had lived a lot, because he had so many war stories to share. Looking back at my own life I can't find as many war stories good enough to share. I don't know, it looks like I "just lived". The stuff my dad told me about sounded so much more interesting then the stuff I have to talk about... I can only hope that my kid will think that I did cool stuff when he looks back at his old man's life.

However, even though I can't particularly say I had a "cool life", I can say that I never have been better. By the end of November last year I decided that a nice personal challenge would be to loose some weight. Well, that and of course I would please the Supreme Executive Command, so if I pulled it off it would be a win-win situation ;D . A little less then seven months has gone by and now I'm 22 kg thinner - and that was only through mind-over-matter power (I basically starved myself). I also got back to spinning lessons (I went three years basically without any kind of exercises whatsoever), not for the weight loss, but because I wanted to start pedaling again. I've been on and off a bicycle ever since I was 10 years old, it's the only sport I really like and that I think I was made for. Not that spinning classes are exactly like riding a bike, but a one hour session is basically equivalent to about two hours on a bike, so I can do a decent workout without needing to spend loads of my free time in a gym (yuck! :-[ ).

But at the end of May I got the urge to feel the wind in my face again, so after about seven years, I pulled my old steed (1995 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 FS) out of retirement. With all the spinning classes I was doing it was an easy come back (not counting the sore butt, of course), and I started to mashing those pedals with gusto. Last month I came to realize I was doing way more road riding then dirt riding, so maybe the time finally had come to get a proper road bike and stop swapping wheels sets on the Stumpjumper. Two weeks ago I made the leap and bought a road bike. Nothing fancy, a Caloi Strada (traditional local brand) that is basically considered a entry level model, but for my purposes it will be perfect.

Stumpjumper Strada​
To celebrate my b-day, yesterday I took the Strada up a mountain. I live at the foot of a 1100 m mountain, while my house is at the 800 m mark. The last time I did this trip, in 2003, I was with the Stumpjumper, but if I recall correctly I did the 40 km round trip in 1h50m, or something less then two hours, and had to stop twice to catch my breath. Yesterday with the Strada I did it in 1h33m with no stops. And I didn't have a heart attack on the way up.

Next November there will be an Audax 200 here, through the same highway that I went up the mountain yesterday. An Audax is a resistance race, with 200 km that you should complete in less then 13h30m. Since it looks like I'm doing well on the saddle, I'm seriously thinking of giving it a try, and I want to do it in less then 11 hours. That's a pretty ballsy goal for a newbie even in my opinion, but I have four months to get in shape. Right now I think I have the lungs, maybe I have the legs but I definitively do not have the butt for 200 km non-stop. So there's a lot of training up ahead for me.

But lately I've been busy with other things too, I haven't been just starving, spinning or bicycling. Professionally I'm doing pretty ok - yeah, I could be earning way more money then I do, but I really can't complain. I'm in a good and stable professional situation and whatever money I earn is coming in without great levels of stress. And not getting stressed out by work is something I regard as a big asset. My marriage is also in a great phase right now too, in that sort of calm waters where you can feel comfortable and safe. My kid is three years old, handsome, clever and overall a very pleasant little boy. And that's not just dad's talk, I'm a pediatrician so I have quite an experience with kids to know a pita type of kid when I see one. Oh, and I almost forgot: my wife is two month pregnant, so by February next year the family will be bigger
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New Year's Eve 2009​
So, is it downhill from here? I don't know. Maybe it will be just like the mountain yesterday: you huff and puff and almost spit your lungs out all the way to the top, but then it's a roller coaster ride down with that sh!t-eater grin of someone who is having the time of his life. If I make it to 80 I'll try to remember to post a follow up here
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Oh yes, this is a watch forum, so back to watches! :-[



Back in May I started thinking about my 40th birthday present and decided I needed something special for my mid-life crisis. A Porsche was out of the question (I wouldn't have the space in my garage), so was a boat, since I never was interested in boats, so it had to be a nice watch. I looked around a lot for something that was special, that would fit in my budget and that I could import (my local options were either very limited or either too expensive). I wanted it to be a diver and after much thinking I decided on an Orient Star 300 saturation diver
. I almost had to give up on it, because my go-to guy for Seikos and Orients would not be able to score one for me in time, but fortunately Dan Braun, here at SCWF put one up for sale. It was in great condition (at least TZ95%) and the price was right, so I grabbed it.

It arrived in June, but since it would be my wife's present for me, I didn't even give it a peek until last night
. Yeah, it was hard, gut wrenching, but since I managed to loose 22 kg just by starving myself, I pulled it off ;D . And boy was it worth it!





The 46N4A caliber does not allow the watch to be hacked or hand wound, but it takes up a charge like a solar panel at noon in the tropics - I was simply amazed at how easy it is to push the power reserve needle all the way up to 40! I can't really say anything about accuracy yet, but I have the feeling it will be around the 8 seconds mark, maybe even less. The only thing I was really surprised to see is how hard it is to spin the bezel. Think about Seiko tight but then add a few more newtons to spin the thing. Not an issue at all, but just something I wasn't expecting - maybe because I was disappointed on how loose the bezel is on my Poseidon RM2 ::) .​
Of course I had to compare it with my Sumo, and though I didn't believe it possible at the time when I read this, yes, it's a better watch then the Sumo! :eek:





Size-wise they're pretty close, and the lume seems to be just as good on both, but the O300 is better made all round (sapphire, numbers on the bezel are recessed and painted - not an insert). Both cases are very well polished but because of the height of the O300 (17 mm), the Sumo is the dress diver of the pair and the O300 would be the tool diver. And besides being a tall watch, the O300 is also heavy: 221 g, so it's not for the small-frame guy.

I'm totally in love with this watch, it's maybe even cooler then I thought it would be. All in all I think it does well in it's role as a mid-life watch mark O0 .

PS: Sorry for the looooong post, but this was a big weekend for me.
 

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Dude, you have only reached the plateau. You could be riding level ground for the next 10 years; ie making easy money, growing the family, stabilizing assets, etc. The down hill probably won't happen until you're closer to 55, at which time you'll appreciate the negative grade for your ride :)

Just don't be complacent or things might catch up to you ;)
 

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Congratulations on hitting 40 - believe me, if there's a "downhill" to 40 it's that it gets easier to be yourself. For me, it's been very good. Sounds like you have a lot of stuff dialed in, and congratulations on the new addition to your family! Every family is better off with an Orient 300m watch :D


Congratulations too on the new baby on the way.


So, if you had to choose just one - the Orient or the Sumo - which would it be?
 

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Luciano,

1. Congrats and Happy Birthday

2. Nope, only gets better from here with all the accumulated WISdom.

3. Only downside is that six pack turns into a keg if not careful - but with bicycling you are doing and proper nutrition can keep in check!

4. Beautiful Orient is perfect gift -- milestone watches are a meaningful way to reward achievements. And Orients have a unique character all their own ratifying your earned WISdom.

5. And ultimately, you are only as old as you make her feel!

Lexcalibre
 
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Congrats on your milestone year. The OS300 is one special watch to celebrate this special occasion. Hey, you're already gifted. You got the wrist to pull off the OS300. It's a grail watch for many WIS. Enjoy and wear it in good health.
 

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Happy 40th! I'd say downhill is better than uphill ;D You'll just appreciate the lightning fast years that go by even more!

Enjoy your Orient it looks great!
 

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The VERY BEST is yet to come. I would have never believed that matter of fact I never did believe that, I used to think when jack Benny wold say he was 39 yrs old


Why would any one want to be that old. lol I was a slow learner, life get better, in ways I just never understood like Emotional Intimacy, intellectual Intimacy and


Spiritual intimacy even sex gets better lol I wish for you, the Freshness of aging, along with the Foundation you have built.


Many healthy Children and a Collection that will be enjoyed for the next 50 yrs of your life, Good Health A quiet mind and a peaceful heart
Beautiful Orient BTW
 

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Welcome to the club!
I see we have a very optimistic bunch here... :D


Don't worry about your eye sight when reading, glasses are fine.
Your hearing will be ok.
Back pains? Part of the charm.
Keeping your hair is a challenge sometimes, but some of us get lucky.
No Porsche eh? Wait until that Harley Davidson starts looking really good.
At least you've got the wisdom.
That is If you can still remember it, but wait, that's still far off in the future. Or is it? I can't remember.


Did I say welcome to the club?
Happy Birthday!
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Congrats on 40! Life gets better with each passing year.

I'm 53. Last night I was at a housewarming party hosted by my daughter and her husband. At one point it occurred to me that the party would not even be happening if not for me - 27 years ago meeting my wife, having our daughter, her meeting her husband, etc. etc. None of their friends would have been in their new backyard last night, none of it would have been happening, had it not been for me taking an interest in my wife all those years ago.

It's a staggering thought to realize that your life affects so many others. But that's what comes with age. It's then up to each of us to live a life deserving of their respect. Sounds like you're on the right road, Luciano!
 

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Happy birthday !!!

As with all things in life there are down sides and up sides, one major positive you have got to look forward to as you get older are grand kids (I prefer them to my own kids LoL)

From what you say things are looking better than good so enjoy life why you can and as some one said NEVER take things for granted.

I beleive that it is "Fate" that makes the world go round and none of us know what "Fate" has in store for us.

Did you ever see private Ryan and what he asks right at the end of the film ? the answer IMO is very important if only answered by your self ;)

Great present by the way !!!
 

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Thanks guys!


I honestly think that things can only improve from here. Not that I'm doing bad right now, far from that, but because I'm pretty sure I have a good and solid foundation to carry on. For those who don't have children yet, trust me when I say that it's true that the only shot a man has at immortality is through his children. I'm definitively not those parents that "live for and through their children", but every single day in the last three years and two months I am reminded that life is worth living. If I can leave one thing behind after I'm gone, I pray that it be honorable and brave children. A tall order, I know, but I think I can manage
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And here I go rambling on again... I must be getting old
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Spencer asked which one I prefer, Sumo or O300. Dude, that is a really hard question. I would have to answer the O300, of course, because of it's significance. The Sumo I "just bought", it wasn't for a special occasion or anything. But if I put sentimentality aside, if I had to have only one watch and my choices were the Sumo and the O300, I think I would go with the Sumo. Being more dressy then the O300, I think it's a more versatile watch.

I've been wearing it since yesterday and I'm amazed at how classy it looks. Funny, I have a HUGE respect for Orient (the brand goes back 30 years for me), but it's interesting to see how "just an Orient" can look so classy on my wrist. If I were a betting man, I would be willing to bet good money that for a non-WIS it looks as good as something from the Swiss big dogs. I really enjoy that, because I have this thing for good products that don't register in the radar of most of the people I come across
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Happy 40th Luciano. Congrats on the O300m.
It looks great on the wrist, great choice. Not only a great watch, but holds sentimental value. Priceless. ;)


Cheers, enjoy this one for a very long time. Maybe, this one can go to one of your kids.


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Thanks Dave, the O300 has instantaneously become one of my favorite watches!


BTW, I timed it and in 24 hours (straight on my wrist) it's 8 seconds slow. Not bad!
 

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Hey, I ain't too far behind ya, buddy. Turning 36 this year. You know what they are saying, though..."60 is the new 40". ;D So 40 is the new 20?? Hard to go wrong with a Spec'd Stumpjumper. I gotta keep getting on my '98 K2 Proflex 4000 to keep the chubbies away... ---A
 

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VERY cool Proflex Cobra!
Since I'm more of a XC kind of rider, I never had a rear suspension bike. But if I had the money I sure would love to have one for those really hardcore rides.
 

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40 seemed, at the time, to be a bad year for me. My beautiful wife was diagnosed with cancer and had apparently suffered a miscarriage and I was seemingly stalled professionally.

How things change! Seven years later my wife is still chasing me, rather vigorously, around the house and property making sure I get things done, my daughter just had her 7th birthday on the 4th of this month (she made it, but her twin didn't) and I'm doing more varied and interesting projects now than I ever had. The 40's have been the most exciting times of my life (and I have never had a boring life). I even have enough time and energy to start a new hobby (watch collecting).


My only regret was waiting until last year to start to get back in shape, I think you made the right decision!
 

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Congrats, Luciano. I too will be 40 next year (39 come this sept) so I am pondering about my next watch acquisition to remember the ocassion >:D


The OS300 is a gorgeous watch, I don't care what people say about it.
 

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Hey Luciano, Happy birthday and congratulations on achieving satisfaction. I only wish that someday in the not too distant future I will be able to write a similar post to yours. Thankfully for now there is an ample supply of coffee and red wine to help keep the ship on an even keel. ;D
 
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