We had a great time last night at our January In-Person Meetup. It was a smaller group than usual, so we held it in a pub in Central London, and this time we could all sit around the same table. As is becoming usual, a diverse and interesting set of people came along, from experienced collectors to complete newbies. We had another set of great watches, including the bright yellow G-Shock you can see below!
Yellow G-Shock Frogman GWF-1000 brought along to our January Meetup
We welcome Watch Collectors at every level
One of the goals of The Watch Collectors’ Club is to help people explore and learn more about the watch world no matter how long they have been interested. Last night a new attendee came down and was clearly very knowledgeable, passionate and knew exactly what he liked and didn’t like. He brought along the famous and fun “Harrods Special” Tudor Black Bay, a watch possibly unique because you can only buy it in one store, and they only make that version of that watch for that store. If you like it, you can order one in Harrods in Central London in the UK. It’s a fun chunky sports watch, and the bracelet is pretty cool too, with the Harrods logo engraved on the back.
Tudor Back Bay Harrods Special Edition, note the "Harrods Green" Bezel.
Engraved caseback of Harrods Special Edition, note the Harrods Logo
Beginners are welcome
Our website designer came along, and he is very early in his watch collecting journey. Even earlier in her journey was his girlfriend, who has given very little thought about watches until recently. They were both delighted to see some of the watches people brought down and enjoyed the variety on display. They didn’t know some watches have moonphases, and that sparked a fun discussion of the different kinds available, whether they are engraved or painted, and how they work. This blog post from the summer discusses them in detail.
Jaeger LeCoultre Triple Calendar Moonphase with painted moon and stars.
Many Types of Watch
To highlight the variety that is quickly becoming common at our Meetups, here are two pairs of fascinating watches people brought along last night. The first pair are fashion watches from mega-brand Diesel. They were bought in Tokyo in 2005 and their dial design and strap are really unusual. The owner and his partner wore them for all kinds of crazy activities for about ten years, and it shows!
Two Diesel Fashion watches from 2005 brought along to our Meetup
The next pair are two watches designed first and foremost to be tough. The G-Shock Frogman we mentioned earlier is an early GWF-1000, and is the G-Shock range’s dive watch. It has absolutely tons of features, but the most unusual thing about it is the fact it is offset to the left of the strap to make wearing it with a wetsuit easier. The most notable watch to do this was the Omega Polprof, but G-Shock ran with it for their Frogman series from 1993, and even with the current version with analogue hands, the whole watch is still off-centre. G-Shock Frogman watches have an incredible feature list, including dive timing, dive recording, temperature sensing, GPS, solar power, and more.
In contrast, the Gorilla Fastback is a concept watch that is design-led, focussing on novelty and incredible toughness, a titanium and carbon fibre case, and a unique dial design. It has a simple and very common movement and no additional functions.
While neither of these watches will be to everyone’s taste, tough or “unbreakable” watches are very popular, and it is always nice to see some timepieces from this corner of the watch world.
G-Shock Frogman and Gorilla Fastback
Future Events for Watch Collectors
We are very excited to bring you as many interesting, engaging events as possible in 2022. We wrote about our plans here, and are delighted to announce the next In-Person Event will be on Thursday, February 10th, from 6:30PM in Central London. You can sign up here.
This coming Monday, 24th January, we are holding a virtual talk via Zoom. It is an engaging exploration of how Rolex became the Kings of the watch industry, covering its origins, watches, and marketing brilliance. It starts at 8:00PM UK Time and you can sign up here.
A watch pile at The Watch Collectors' Club January 2022 In-Person Meetup
Don’t let watch lovers miss out
We at The Watch Collectors’ Club believe that so much more can be done to bring watch lovers together. Our events will focus on exploring and sharing our passion for watches and we will provide fun educational content to help people learn easily. If you know anyone you think might enjoy our events or benefit from our approach, please let them know, and make sure they sign up to our email list to get all the details. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
We hope to see you at our next event!