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    Hi all

    My name is Tony Groom. I am an Ex Navy Clearance Diver and I got issued two Milsubs when I was serving. The first one ... well ... I know where it is, sort of. I was windsurfing off of the sea front in Lyme Regis Dorset England, when I caught the gray canvas strap in the hook on my harness.

    There was a gust of wind and it took off. It was like one of those slow motion moments. I ditched my sail and fell forward, arms outstretched trying to catch it. PLOP !

    In only about 8 feet of water. Me and my buddy duck-dived for an hour trying to find it.

    I think I got fined about 45, (1981).

    When I see what they're worth now, it brings a tear to ones eye. I often wonder if it is still ticking, perhaps being gently wound up by the ebb and flow of the tides?

    I wrote a book about my experiences and it is selling really well so if anyone is interested in what these watches went through, have a look at my site.

    http://www.deep-sea-diving.com

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    Welcome Tony....

    I invited Tony over as his book was so good to share some of his experiences.... well he has done that... Lol!

    So Dorset, not even somewhere more exotic like, Tarifa or Puerto Ventura?

    Pic from the top of Las Dunas Tarifa - Spain Spent some time there myself in the early 90's


    A pic of a Mil Sub customized by Scot... where is he these days...
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    Can we say hello to Tony please? I invited him over.... he came with a mad, and i mean mad story about losing a Mil Sub and everyone has ignored him... maybe just too gobsmacked to answer?

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    Welcome Tony.

    Sorry for not saying hello sooner, I've been a bit busy in Lyme Regis over the last few days!!!!!

    Great story, it just inspired me to buy your book.

    Here's a snap of my mil sub, the only action it sees these days are the critical movements over my computer keyboard!

    So come on, a 45 fine, so what did they give you to replace it then? Your second one? Still got it?
    Geoff

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    Sorry not to be more hospitable Tony.

    This is one of those tales that wrenches you around the place.
    The horror of imagining oneself losing such an iconic watch.
    The hilarity of the concept of a 45 fine for doing so.
    That with the suspicion that it was probably replaced (and therefore effectively not "lost" altogether), left me rather perplexed as to what to say.

    Anyway, welcome.

    Al has linked to your site a while back (when he was reading your book). Congratulations on it, both for surviving to write it, and for actually writing it.

    Cheers
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    Nice quote Geoff....and the book is a very good read and well worth it... as i said to Tony, I was only 13 years old so it put the Falklands in perspective, right Tony?


    [quote=Geoff;1720]Welcome Tony.

    Sorry for not saying hello sooner, I've been a bit busy in Lyme Regis over the last few days!!!!!

    So anyway, just to save Geoff some time, where abouts was it....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Welcome Tony.

    Sorry for not saying hello sooner, I've been a bit busy in Lyme Regis over the last few days!!!!!

    Great story, it just inspired me to buy your book.

    Here's a snap of my mil sub, the only action it sees these days are the critical movements over my computer keyboard!

    So come on, a 45 fine, so what did they give you to replace it then? Your second one? Still got it?
    How did you get on in Lyme Regis? I hope you didn't catch crabs!

    Thanks for buying the book, I hope you enjoy it.

    Hoenstly, I was fined 45. Then I got a CWC the omega one. I didn't like that so swaped it for a Rolex. Yes I still have it.

    Tony

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    Alistair

    The lost Rolex wasn't there, in you photo above I mean, . I could see it exactly on Google Earth, but they don't let you steal their photo's.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    Sorry not to be more hospitable Tony.

    This is one of those tales that wrenches you around the place.
    The horror of imagining oneself losing such an iconic watch.
    The hilarity of the concept of a 45 fine for doing so.
    That with the suspicion that it was probably replaced (and therefore effectively not "lost" altogether), left me rather perplexed as to what to say.

    Anyway, welcome.

    Al has linked to your site a while back (when he was reading your book). Congratulations on it, both for surviving to write it, and for actually writing it.

    Cheers
    DaveS
    Thanks Dave.

    I know what you are saying about 'So called lost watches'. But what you've got to remember is they weren't valuable to us. We were just given them, like wetsuits, knives, fins, explosives.....!

    There were some that 'The dog swallowed it Sir. Honest it did!"
    But mine really flew off into the ogin.

    Tony

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    So what your saying is you could give Geoff the GPS then?

    Well that would help surely?

    Bit cold the South Coast for you though Geoff? More of a Caribbean man i would have thought? (Caribbeeeean pronounced like the Americans say it)


    Quote Originally Posted by Deeps47 View Post
    Thanks Dave.

    I know what you are saying about 'So called lost watches'. But what you've got to remember is they weren't valuable to us. We were just given them, like wetsuits, knives, fins, explosives.....!

    There were some that 'The dog swallowed it Sir. Honest it did!"
    But mine really flew off into the ogin.

    Tony
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