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A tough ticker with a rich service history

The Seiko 6105, an Iconic Watch of the Vietnam War

From the Archives: Produced from 1968 to 1977, the Seiko 6105 combined toughness, an influential design and a rich history of use among service members in the Vietnam war.

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A father-and-son Mustang project car

Raising a Stallion

From the Archives: My dad and I are alike in a lot of ways — the way we fall asleep in chairs and lose our hair, for instance — but our love of cars has bound us for as long as I can remember. Not long ago I sent my dad a handful of questions about what makes me a car guy and asked him to write quick responses; I got back six pages. (Dad and I also like to tell stories.) And so I realized this story is best told in tandem, with excerpts of his answers interspersed with my own. Together, they are the story of our similarities and our passions, and of the car that is, as my dad put it, “a mild street rod imported from the junction” of the two of us.

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A Guide to a Rhode Island's Capital

Seeking Providence

Good things come in small packages. You’re thinking about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies. Focus for a second. We’re talking about Providence, RI. Although it’s a city of only 182,000 people spread over 25 square miles, it has the hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters and government-codified milk beverages to punch well above its weight class. Seeking Providence is your guide to a long weekend in Rhode Island’s capital city.

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The Handiest of Tools for Under $350

Everyday Carry Essentials: The Knife

A man’s everyday carry (or “EDC” in web-speak) is a fascinating window into the soul. Seeing what someone keeps close at hand can speak in obvious ways to their lifestyle, interests and values. Everyday-Carry.com is the leading community for all things EDC-related, so when it came time to find an expert on the best pocket knives to own under $350, the answer was obvious. If you’re in the market for a new blade without blowing your inheritance, their guide on The Best Pocket Knives Under $350 is an excellent resource worth checking out.

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4 Wheels, 5 Skills

Driver’s Education 2.0

From the Archives: Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. Understanding physics, driving the line well and having hours under your belt in both your vehicle and the track or road on which you’ll drive all play key roles in maximizing your abilities. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve these things? Opening up your mind and your wallet to a reputable driving school. Here are our picks for the five best.

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Best of Show

Best Watches of SIHH 2014

From the Archives:Every year we come away from Salon International Haute Horlogerie, the world’s most prestigious watch show, feeling privileged and awed. After we’ve returned home and slept off the jetlag, we like to poll our team of Timekeeping contributors for their picks from the preceding week. So with our further ado, here are our favorite watches of SIHH 2014.

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The road less traveled, the snow well-conquered

Sidecars & Snow: A Mountain Ride with Ural Motorcycles

Given the chance to ride motorcycles in the winter, a sane rider might politely decline, but what’s life without a few two three-wheeled thrills? On a recent invitation by Ural Motorcycles we did just that, responding “yes, please” (pronto) while simultaneously reaching for our bags, and multiple changes of underwear. Next stop, cold and soggy Seattle.

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Wisdom for Maturing Gracefully

Better With Age

In Bradbury’s “No Particular Night or Morning”, Clemens is a billion miles from home in a spaceship, conversing with a peer about life. “We’re all fools”, he says, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day… I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.” Fools or not, time can yield both quality and wisdom. Our #betterwithage discussion examines issues of maturity in wine, beer, cheese, cigars and life.

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True friends stab you in the front

Keep Friends as You Get Older

From the Archives: Like many things in life, maintaining friendships turns out to be more work than originally expected — not that it’s unpleasant work, but there’s more to it than paying for the 30-rack of Bud or lending the car for a Wendy’s run at midnight. Friends require time and attention, commodities that seem ever more scarce as we get older. We asked GP staffers in their 20s, 30s and 40s — the age range of our crew — to weigh in on the challenges and triumphs of keeping friends as they get older.

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26.2 Miles Starts With One Step

The Marathon Journal

Marathons are a rite of passage for runners. Some plan their year around it. Some travel to distant lands to compete. Some run them once and then switch to lawn bowling. Whether you want to join the club, learn what makes marathoners tick or just buy some energy gels to snack on, our Marathon Journal takes you inside the cult-like world of long-distance running.

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Marathon man

The Complete Guide to Running Your First Marathon

From the Archives: In the marathon origin story, Pheidippides runs from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message of victory and then promptly dies. Though we’ve come a long way since 490 BC, running 26.2 miles is a feat, and doing it can be taxing on the body. Still, with the right training anyone can do it. Looking to join the club? We’ve got some tips, tricks and advice from experts to get you most of the way there. You’ve still got to run the damn thing.

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Falling into the game

GTA V and the Power of Immersive Digital Worlds

From the Archives: GTA V heralds a new era of gaming, one in which top studios will attract gamers by focusing on their interactions with the digital landscape — i.e., by creating more immersive worlds.

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Three top chronographs go head to head

The Column Wheel Chronograph Shootout

From the Archives:The popularity and prevalence of chronographs might just make one think that it is an easy watch complication. Something about the asymmetrical cases — those buttons poking out from under a shirtsleeve — and the gauge-like dials with tachymetric scales and multiple subdials seems irresistible to men everywhere. So when we recently got our hands on three of the best available in-house built automatic column wheel chronographs from three legendary companies — Zenith, OMEGA and Girard-Perregaux — it presented an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We’ll call it a shootout — loosely.

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Today's the last day to sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act

PSA: Beat the Deadline for Insurance

Today is the final day of the six-month open enrollment window for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Help spread the word.

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Intentionally Stranded in a City of Gridlock

One Less Car in Los Angeles

From the Archives: Navigating LA, which is known for its vastness and interlocking freeways, without a car is akin to a New Yorker pulling his vehicle from storage to run errands in midtown for a few hours. It’s crazy. It doesn’t even seem like an option. But what if I made it an option? I decided to try the unthinkable: live in LA for one week while my car sat in the driveway. The goal: see just how dependent I was on my car — and determine just how much I could buck that dependency.

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Island hopping in the North Atlantic

72 Hours: Nova Scotia

From the Archives: My bartering skills need work. Hungry and in search of fresh seafood at the farmer’s market, I sidestep locals blocking my beeline to the solitary oyster stand. Splayed out in front are seven mammoth slurpers of the Ruisseau variety. Countless foam coolers offer the promise of more, but there’s sad news: the baker’s half-dozen of bivalves will have to do. They are the last around. Then it happens: a huge shipment shows up with more oysters than I could hope to shuck. I blurt “gimme twenty” from behind a smile, newly-minted (molded?) plastic Canadian dollars flying from my pocket. If this were Seattle or Hong Kong I’d swear it was a setup, but in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, victory is mine.

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A look beyond the usual suspects

Baggage Claim: 10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

From the Archives: Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag — backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We’ve got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

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Time to get hammered

Nailed It: 5 Best Hammers

From the Archives: Of all the tools in a man’s workshop, his hammer is perhaps the most personal. Chances are you still have your first forged striker, but we’ll forgive you an upgrade; it really is time. You’d be surprised how much hammer tech has come, but in the end, it’s still all about hitting the nail on the head. Here are five of our favorites for beginners to the most hardened steel swingers out there — whether you loop it, or let it hang from a belt is entirely up to you.

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No sleep til Basel

Preview: BaselWorld 2014

For one week a year, the center of the timepiece universe revolves around Basel, a quiet Swiss city that sits astride the borders of France and Germany. Whereas January’s Salon Internationle Haute Horlogerie is a more intimate, almost quaint affair with its handful of high-end brands, BaselWorld, the world’s largest watch show, is a raucous mosh pit of over a thousand brands, 100,000 visitors and a whole lot of schnitzel. This year, the show is earlier than usual, running from March 27th through April 3rd. And we’ll be there.

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Rising to the top

Best of BaselWorld 2013

From the Archives: On the eve of BaselWorld 2014, let’s take a last look at the best timepieces from last year’s Watchapalooza, BaselWorld 2013.

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RACING WITH LEXUS F AT FUJI INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The Arrival of the New Lexus F Line

From the Archives: Lexus, when it was created in 1989, was itself a halo brand. Today Lexus is pushing its own groundbreaking products — that is, incredible vehicles — to reach new automotive heights. We were recently invited to experience those new halos, several of the company’s latest F models, this time at the very same proving grounds on which they were first developed: Fuji International Speedway.

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34 Beers. 5 Rounds. 1 Winner.

Introducing the Mass-Market Beer Tournament

We got down from our high horse, if only for a second, to judge the best of the generic, watery and cheap mass market beers. How exactly? It has to do with seeding a total of 34 beers into four divisions and holding an NCAA-style tournament of blind tastings in order to declare a winner. Read on for all the details and a preview of next week’s madness.

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When In Russia...

Za Zdarovye! The 10 Best Russian Imperial Stouts

From the Archives: Although they’re monstrously strong and typically expensive, Russian Imperial Stouts push the flavor intensity spectrum, offering a look at the sultry, heady, muscly side of beer. For those willing to experiment, they offer a variety of smells, flavors and textures found in few other styles of beer. But take note: if you’re going to try them, don’t make it a marathon. Give them the credit that they deserve. Still, from the pain of my hangover emerged this list of our favorite Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Mount Rainier - 14,410 feet

Climbing the Volcano

From the Archives: For climbers, Mount Rainier presents a tantalizing challenge given its accessibility to a major urban center and the established routes that zigzag up its flanks. Its topography and numerous glaciers and crevasses make it an excellent training ground for bigger climbs in the Alps and Himalayas. Only about half those who attempt to summit it succeed each year, the other half turned away by weather, unstable conditions or fatigue. It was also the scene of one of the worst mountaineering accidents in North American climbing history when an ice fall killed 11 climbers in 1981.

It sounded like a good challenge.

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Nothing can stop you, save a dead battery

The Smarter Athlete: The Best Apps to Train, Motivate and Diet

From the Archives: Gadget-obsessed as we are, even we sometimes bristle at the sheer number of fitness apps available for download. How much help do you really need with physical pursuits? Run some laps; swim a bit; hike across an embargoed Caribbean country. There’s no substitute for sweat, no matter what version of iOS you’re running.

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When Godzilla gets Juke'd

Quick Spin: Nissan Juke-R

From the Archives: Have you ever seen “that couple” — the short, rotund Geek Squad individual and the Olympic beach volleyball player walking hand in hand? A similarly weird aura surrounds the incredibly unnecessary yet blissfully real 545 horsepower Nissan Juke-R ($665,000). We got some seat time in this, one of the rarest production automobiles in the world.

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A Five-Star Gear Patrol Dining Survey

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

From The Archives: These 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.

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A Gear Patrol Film

On Location: Oakley Pro Bali, Indonesia

From the Archives: When we catch a glimpse of the surfing community, we always slap our heads collectively and wonder why we didn’t pursue a life of beaches, sun, and drinks with little umbrellas. We had one such moment this summer. Fortunately, there was plenty of time to reflect on our life decisions while enjoying the beaches, sun and drinks with little umbrellas in Bali, Indonesia, where we covered the Oakley Pro Bali, the fifth stop of the year on the pro surfing tour.

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American Timekeeping

Stepping Back in Time: An Horological Visit to Lancaster, PA

From the Archives: To the casual observer, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with its tidy towns and the waft of manure from plowed fields on the spring breeze, is a far cry from the vaunted watchmaking regions of Europe. But there are similarities between this rolling farmland and the mountain valleys of Switzerland and Germany: a history of rural isolation, strong Puritan work ethic, cold winters, and a history of fine timepieces. Lancaster was home to the Hamilton Watch Company from 1892 until the mid-1980s and was, at one time, producer of some of the finest timepieces in the world. Today it is still a treasure trove of American watchmaking.

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The 10 That Got Away

Alas Automotives: 10 Concept Cars We Wish Had Been Built

From the Archives: Some concept cars are the stuff of dreams, and some make a justified beeline for the crusher. But then there are the truly glorious ones: the concepts built just for show, never meant to be anything more than the Paris runway model of the automotive world, or those lucky few that see their design elements actually influence production cars, even if they themselves never make it to the street. Tragically, for many of the best, somewhere between an auto show debut and the fevered, hopeful dreams of auto enthusiasts, some kind of childhood-hating shutdown switch gets flicked by faceless bean counters. In honor of the fallen, we take a look at 10 of the best concept cars that only ever got to lay rubber on the auto show floor.