A Return to Regular Events – The Watches We Saw
A key part of The Watch Collectors’ Club offering is holding regular in-person events, for our members to get together to share their watches and learn something new. We paused in-person events for 18 months during the pandemic; however, we are pleased to be back to running monthly events. Here are some of the watches we saw, and a brief overview of what we learnt last night at our in-person event in Central London. Make sure to check your emails or our website for upcoming events.
As with all of our events, our members wore a really diverse set of watches, at a range of price points and rarity. However, every single watch had a great story. Here are some of the highlights.
Rolex Daytona White Gold Ref: 116509
One of our members brought this spectacular Rolex Daytona to share with the group. The Daytona is one of the most popular and coveted sports watches amongst collectors at the moment. If you want to find out more about why sports watches are so popular, we’ve written a short blog explaining it. What we particularly love about this watch is that whilst it looks like a steel Daytona, it is actually made of solid white gold. Rolex make their own gold for their watches – the white version has a warmth to it which distinguishes it from the colder, ‘bluer’ look of steel. This particularly model has a deep blue dial, which makes the hands very legible. A truly beautiful watch!
Rolex Daytona 116509
Tag Heuer Formula One Gulf
We love hearing some of the great stories behind watches, and this watch has one of my favourite stories. It’s a Tag Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Edition from approximately 2012, and was gifted to the owner by his father for his 21st birthday. The owner was due to move to Dubai, and his father thought this watch was related to the Persian Gulf, and would be an appropriate present. He hadn’t realised that the watch was a collaboration with the Gulf Oil company, a major motor racing sponsor from the 60’s and 70’s. You might recognise the colours from the Porsche that Steve McQueen drive in the film ‘Le Mans’. We love the combination of two great motor racing heritages into one unusual watch. You can read about Tag’s racing heritage here, and a history of Gulf Oil’s sponsorship here. My favourite part of the story is that the owner is now an oil trader!
Tag Heuer Formula One Gulf Edition
Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T
We know that our members love pilots watches, and that a few of them are amateur pilots. One of those amateur pilots came along to the event and showed off the watch that he takes flying with him. This is a Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T. Modern planes are full of very clever instruments to help the pilot, but amateur pilots of smaller aircraft always need a back-up set of important and accurate functions in the event of an emergency. This Citizen has lots of functions, but the most important is the slide rule around the outside of the bezel. This functions as a calculator and allows the pilot to calculate some vital values, such as fuel consumption and ascent/descent rates. Like all Citizen watches, this one has lots of useful functions for telling the time, including: countdown timers, two alarms, a chronograph, multiple time-zones and a perpetual calendar. This is an incredibly useful watch for pilots, and it was great to see it in real life. Despite its large size it was very comfortable on the wrist.
Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T
How to Buy a Vintage Watch
At each in person event, we do a few short talks, with the aim of teaching something to our members. This event saw us explain why we think you should consider buying a vintage watch, and a few tips to get you started. You can read our guide to buying vintage watches here.
In-person events are a great way for our members to get together and learn about their watches, and those of other members.
In-person events are a core part of what we offer our members. They are a great way to have a look at a wide variety of watches, share your passion with others, and learn a little. The next in-person event will be a tour of the “Oak Collection” at the Design Museum on Sunday 12th December. The Oak Collection is one of the greatest watch collections of all time, and this is the first time it has been seen in public.
The Watch Collectors Club aims to make the watch world accessible, and we know that many of our members can’t get to Central London. Until we offer events in other cities, we will continue to run virtual events. The next virtual event is on Monday 20th December. Remember to check your emails for the invite.
If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more, or has some great watches to share, please let them know about us. Communities are always better when they have lots of members.