Jester Actual by Minuteman Watches


Hacker meet watchmaker

I’m a very basic guy. I like to keep things simple. For example, my favorite wristwatch is a Seiko 5. It doesn’t have any doo-dads or special features, except a 50 year-old technology that rewinds the watch as you wear it. My friends and coworkers have huge digital watches that have an altimeter, multiple alarms, and can tell you the local time in London. Cool features, but who needs or uses them? I wear a watch for two purposes: it needs to tell me the time at a glance and look great doing it.

The Jester Actual does that and then some.

The Jester Actual is assembled and tested in the USA with Swiss movement. It’s 42mm wide, more than 200 meters water resistant, Sapphire crystal, ETA 955.112 Swiss made movement, and has a stainless steel case with black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating. What is Physical Vapor Deposition? An extremely tough steel coating.

One word describes this watch: Out-freaking-standing. The picture at the top of this post is the watch sent to me over six months ago. I’ve worn it nearly everyday doing everything from shooting at the range to wrestling a 140 pound Neapolitan Mastiff. I’ve fallen off a ladder into blackberry bushes and changed the starter motor for a Ford Bronco without damaging the watch. I can easily wear it with a suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Even with my willful and non-willful abuse, I have yet to adjust the time settings.

The Jester Actual is not a cheap watch. But, for $399, you get a quality, American-buit watch that you will probably pass on to your children in your will.

Who is the Jester (th3j35t3r)?

The Jester (also known by the leetspeak handle th3j35t3r) is an unidentified computer vigilante who describes himself as a grey hat hacktivist. He claims to be responsible for attacks on WikiLeaks, 4chan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Islamist websites. He claims to be acting out of American patriotism. The Jester uses a denial-of-service (DoS) tool known as "XerXeS", that he claims to have developed. One of The Jester’s habits is to tweet "TANGO DOWN" on Twitter whenever he purports to have successfully taken down a website.

Identity and communication

The Jester first appeared on Twitter, where he announced his attack on the Taliban website on January 1, 2010. On June 26, 2010, he established his WordPress blog "Jester’s Court". The Jester also communicates via his I2P IRC channel #jester and cautions these are the only three authentic methods of communication from him: "As per usual, because of the large amount of imposters trying to pass themselves off as me I will only speak in THREE places, here via this blog, my twitter and the i2p IRC network outlined above where my nick (th3j35t3r) is registered to myself. If you see a ‘jester’ anywhere else it’s not me."

Military service

The Jester had stated that he was a former soldier and had served in Afghanistan and elsewhere. A former defense operative claimed that The Jester was a former military contractor involved in US Special Operations Command projects. On April 10, 2012, The Jester gave a live chat interview to a class of Computer Science students at the University of Southern Maine where he confirmed his military service and stated he served four "operational tours".

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Also, Minuteman Watches is donating 25% of the net profit from each Jester Actual watch sold in 2016 to Fisher House. Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. In fact, over 27,000 military and veteran families were served in 2015.

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