Thanks for the excellent reference. More documentation of another MACV SOG wearing a Seiko SOGHowdy. For my first post, I figured I'd contribute something (hopefully) meaningful.
I like watches and love military history and stumbled upon this site after finishing reading John Meyer's Across The Fence (2011). Meyer was a C&C guy with MACV-SOG and saw quite a bit of action in 68-69 in Cambodia and Laos. Great book BTW for insight to those missions.
As far as relevance to this forum thread, I found this interesting tidbit in chapter sixteen which is aptly named "Stuff We Carried, Stuff We Didn't Carry":
On my right wrist I wore a black, self-winding, luminescent Seiko watch, which was so bright at night that I wore it face down on the bottom of my wrist, under my glove. Thus, even in the pitch-black jungle, I knew when to make communications checks with the airborne command aircraft, usually at midnight, or at 2 a.m.
Also interesting is that he carried 34 loaded mags (18 rounds per for 612 total rounds) for his CAR15 in addition to a PRC25 radio. Plus hand grenades, a sawed-off M79 with 40mm grenades, claymore(s), C4 and some other gear topping off around 90lbs. Those guys represented the definition of loaded for bear.
At any rate, great book with a cool historic watch reference that hopefully adds something additional to an already informative thread.
You should buy it if it is still there...Wow, I found this in a store today with a $40 price tag on it. I took a photo and put it back, nonplussed. I'm not sure which ref it is, but I guess I should go back and buy it. Epic thread gentlemen. I've only skimmed it, but I'll do a full read soon. Thank you for your service