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Continuing the tour of my watch collection. Today I have three very special, (to me), watches. From left to right; Watch number 1 is the Bulova Lunar Pilot. During the Apollo 15 mission, August 2, 1971, to the moon, Astronaut Commander Scott’s NASA supplied Omega Speedmaster failed when it’s crystal popped off. Commander Scott just happened to have a Bulova chronograph, made for NASA, with him and wore it for the rest of the mission including a space walk and rides on the moon rover. After his return, Bulova made a Chronograph of the same design available to the public. The Lunar Pilot uses a sepcial Quartz crystal that vibarates at over 262.000 KHZ. This quartz crystal makes the watch accurate to within 10 second per year
Watch number 2 is is my Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. This is a big robust watch but because they use titanium for the watch case and bracklet, it is very light. This is the only really expensive watch I own, I paid over $2,500. for it new, right after the America from 500 Feet book was released. Being a mechanical watch it needs service every 5 years or so to keep it running accurately. It is going out this week for nearly $600. overhaul and maintenance, ouch!!!! The America From 500 Feet first book that I did with Wesley, was an imediate, run away, best seller, a few nice checks came in immediately, I used a little of my profit to buy this watch. Several years ago I gave it to Wes, but he would never wear it, he was afraid of something happening to it. When he went to be with our Lord, Rhonda gave it back to me and I am enjoying wearing it again, I think of Wes and our grand adventure everytime I look at the time, that alone is great reason to wear it!

Lastly watch number 3 is a Luminox 4200ANU Dive watch. This also has an interesting history. This is the watch that is given to BUDS graduates (U.S. Navy Seals) upon graduation. The model number 4200 ANU, the ANU stands for Authorized for Navy Use.
It was thoroughly tested at depths of up to 660 feet to be a true divers watch. This is the watch that I gave to an aging marine church member of mine. I wrote about it on another blog. One day in church God said to me in my spirit, you were never a Navy Seal, Bob should have that watch. That was a tough time to be obedient, I love the watch, but the only acceptable answer when God calls is “Yes Sir”. I gave it to Bob and he loved it and wore for a couple of years until he went on to be with the Lord. Afterwards his wife returned it to me and asked me to wear it in honor of him, I do and I will!

Time is the only thing we ever loose that we can’t replace. Wearing a watch reminds me of the passage of time. We are only given a certain measure of it and we don’t know what that measure is, I wear watches to remind me to make the most out of every moment to love God, be obedient to Him and love others with His love. ….aand I just like looking at them too!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

1 month, 1 week ago 1
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Well folks, it’s that time again, new cameras coming out and time to let go of previous models only slightly used, many bought to test for you and only used rarely! Since the X-T3 came out I have used it and the X-H1 for all my trips and work. X-T2 was only used off and on for a few months. Here is what I have up for sale, the usual rules; First email to: billfortneyphoto@gmail.com
gets the deal!

So I’m offering one: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Graphite with matching Graphite 23mm f 2 lens complete with matching lens hood with cap. L Bracket with grip, box, manual, Mint condition, low frames. Average price on eBay is $1,400.
mine is available for $1,100 FIRM

Second offering a Fujifilm X-T2, light use, L Bracket, box, manual
Average eBay Price is $550. Mine s available for $450. FIRM<

BOTH SOLD

Also available a Fujifilm X30 compact cmaera with Fujinon zoom
28mm-112mm f 2 – 2.8 tack sharp, great little travel camera.
Mint condition, comes with 6 batteries and charger, manua, box and a Domke F5XB Rugged wear bag. eBay price camera lone is $525.
I’ll take $450. for the whole kit.

O.K. folks first come first serve, thanks for reading the blog!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

1 month, 2 weeks ago 41
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Friday night, February 14th, Sherelne and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends! We renewed our vows and then joined around 75 guests for a catered dinner, it was a wonderful evening! Family came from some distance away to help us celebrate and then our weekend has been filled with family gatherings at our home.

The happy couple! What a thrill it has been to call Shrelene my bride for 50 years! Jim Haverstock, (with me below), got the prize for the furthest to drive to the celebration. and my Son Scott and grandson Ben flew up for St Augustine Florida!

My best man was my brother Homer!

Scott and Catherine preparing for the cake cutting!

Left to right, front table, Terri Fortney, Homer Fortney, Randy Scott, Joyce Scott Debi Miller, Eddie Miller and Sherelene.

Sherelene visitng with Jim & Susan Begley, dear friends!

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What a great celebration of a 50 year journey, I’m truly a blessed man!!!!!

Our grandchildren’s table!

Sherelene with Leo and Sandy Miller, our Harlan friends for well over 50 years! Thanks to Danny and Debbie Howard for coming too!!!!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

A very special thanks to Rhonda, Catherine and Rhonda’s mother, Helen for all the work they put in helping us get this done!!! Though I don’t have a picture of him, because he was always behind the camera, a very special thanks to Butch Houseman for taking all these images for us, you’re a champ Butch!!!!! I can’t thank you enough!!!!

More images coming after a short Honeymoon 😉

1 month, 4 weeks ago 6
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I have found it interesting that photographers, as a group, also seem to be into audliophile gear and watches! I have no idea why, it just seems to be that way. I’ve collected watches for a number of years and have recently been watching a wealth of Youtube videos about watches, they simply fascinate me. One particular watch channel is a fellow who is an acknowledged historian and expert on watches and he has guests on to talk about their watch collections. It’s facinating to see what famous actors, atheletes and business tycoons collect, but I could never be a guest on his channel. Most of his guests buy and own watches in the multiples of thousands of dollars, some well into the six figure catagory!!

Well, that’s not me, I’m what I would call a “regular guy” collector. I buy watches that I like and think would suit my personality and only one of my watches cost over $500. Most cost between $200. and $300. It is said that the only thing we cannot get more of is TIME! I happen to really enjoy time pieces and thought I might share some of my favorites with you, just in case you’re into watch collecting or simply like watches.

I circled two watches above, 1 & 2. The number 1 watch is a very special edition of the Luminor Panerai made for Sylvestor Stallone, one of only 500 made, signed and numbered by Sylvestor on the back. The current value of that watch used is $17,500. except it isn’t!!! It’s a perfect Chinese made copy, a knockoff, the only one I own. It is virtually identical in every way to the actual watch. It even keeps decent time, but it’s is a fake!!! I love to wear it to big events where watch snobs might appear and have a little fun with them, spinning a story about how I met Sylvestor years ago and he arranaged for me to get a copy! What fun, of course I then tell them the truth. When the watch arrived from China it was insured for just $8.46, how do they do it!

The other watch, number 2 is one of my most recent purchases a Lum Tec B44 Combat watch. It has a high end quartz movement and is very accurate and has a great lume for seeing it in total darkness. It is an everyday kind of watch. The last Last watch is in the bottom right corner, (not circled) it means a great deal to me as it was a gift from my dear Christian Brother Carl Turner. It is a beautiful Shinola dress watch, my only dress watch, I treasure it because it was from Carl, it’s a cool watch too!!!!

From time to time I will bring back the photo of my main watch box, unfortuantely I have another with even more watches in it! I will share some about other watches from time to time. My only truly expensive watch, (by my standards), is the watch to the right of the number 2 watch, it is a Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. It was a gift to my self when my America From 500 Feet book was released and was having great success. Several years ago I gave it to Wes in thanks for his work on the book project and Rhonda gave it back to me when Wes went to be with the Lord. I wear it with great pride now.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little sharing session. If you would like, I will come back to the subject later for another go at it!

Blessings,

the pilgrim