Mabuhay 850 ,Hi guys, there's a debate on a military forum I'm in on, about a generic watch marked Vung Tau NCO club (some people say the markings are bogus, I for one believe if you're gonna fake something , why fake something as mundane as that ? Why not fake an imaginary LRRP or Green beret or CIDG unit , which would sell better ?). Any vets here passed through Vung Tau and remember such watches (Vung Tau NCO club) marked like that ?
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Very Interesting to hear about that Watch, do you have any pictures of it that might be shown.
If it is engraved in The Back well that would mean The Owner had it done for .... Remembrance Purposes
I would say.
Vaung Tau was situated where it was a ... Very Open Sea Coast Area on the Ocean until ......The V.C.
Over-ran it to try to combat The U.S. Forces around there.
Vaung Tau was totally Destroyed and Flattened Down by ....... Ariel Bombing by U.S. Forces.
Vaung Tau was also .... The Major Main Entrance into .........The Mekong River Delta Area and that is where they launched ........ Those Army Monitor Boats and PBR Forces Patrol Boats.
OK this has to be Understood :
The PCF Patrol Boats did not enter and patrol The Mekong River because the Draft of the Boats were to
low. Only ....... Army Monitor's and PBR's, Recon Boats with .... Their Shallow and Flat Draft Hulls went
in to the river. PCF's were mainly .... Propeller Powered Coastal Patrol and Harbor Vessels.
PBR's were .... Intake Jet Drive Propulsion and Army Boats also too but many were .... Out Board Motor
Major U.S. Navy Ships dropped their Supplies off in This Bay to supply .... The River Forces. Every thing
that was needed on .......... The Mekong River had to go through the Entrance to the River
and we used the Beach Head as Temporary Base Areas. These areas were for ..... LST's, LSD Landing Ships,
LPH's, to off load there cargo's then .... The Land Guys took it from there.
As far as ....... Vaung Tau in the 1960's it was ....... Totally Destroyed and Leveled to The Ground.
Today it is a thriving ...... Tourist Attraction and Resort area.
As far as .... A Watch from There it is probably just to commemorate the area I would say. Watch's I would say
......No , but ........ Mainly Cigarette Lighters would be for this by ..... Military People that were there.
We Engraved Our Watch's on ..... The Case Back a lot but as for the actual Watch Dials I never saw them.
This Bay and Beach Head was very well guarded with Air Support and Sea Support because that is where
every thing was done for ..... The U.S. Military Forces on The Mekong River. The main guys that guarded this area was ........ The Army and Navy Helo's and The River Patrol Forces and Army Monitor Boats. Today there are so
many ........ Counterfeit Thing concerning Military Things that comes out of Viet Nam.
Later you need to post good pictures of that watch then other might be able to help you with it.I have a Seiko 5 6119-8101 that I don’t know the history of. It doesn’t have the Arabic numerals but just the tick marks and the weird part is the black rubber ring around the bezel. Can’t find pictures of a similar one online :/. I take it this is just a run of the mill civilian version?
Real Beauty that one ..... Phil and yes they are very comfortable too.Thanks Mike, really appreciate it. One thing that the pics can't give is how comfortable this watches wear.
Aloha Sir,Hi Louis, thanks a lot. Original strap sounds good, that would be something really great. Water damage is a terrible thing especially to this lumed, arabic number dials. Crossing my fingers for you to find a good dial. On the other hand when the damage has happened during its “serving time“ I would rather stick with it. Probably frame it and see it as real piece of Seiko and also your history.