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My name is Carlton and I am a watch addict..

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HI Everyone, 

I have been watching from the outside for some time and love Mark's videos. Very informative and down to earth. 

Looking forward to learning from fellow wanderers, tinkerers and super-skilled professionals along the way. 

Thank you

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