Last night we held an event that showcased the variety of sports watches that you can find. It was a great talk, attended by watch lovers from around the UK.
The discussion was wide ranging, so we thought we should share some of the stories with you.
Hamish, our CEO, talked the attendees through his steel G-Shock. He described it as an “instant purchase’. As soon as he saw the press release, he walked to the G-Shock boutique to try it on, and once he did that, he was sold! He loves how robust the watch is – it can go anywhere that he can. Fun facts he shared: the solar powered watch is thought to last for about 14 years before needing a battery change; if the watch is paired to the G-Shock app, it will automatically change time-zones when you travel.
Michael shared his Rolex Submariner. You’ll notice the striking green bezel and face which have earned this watch the nickname “Hulk”, after the Marvel comic book character. These watches are coveted by collectors, especially as Rolex discontinued the model last year. Michael’s watch was a retirement present to himself, and he wears it every day.
Michael's Rolex Submariner Hulk
Adam talked about his Panerai Radiomir Black Seal. This watch was designed for the Italian Royal Navy in the 1930’s. Despite its relatively large size (45mm case), he finds the watch comfortable to wear, and fits his wrist well. Adam told us that if you visit the brand’s flagship store in Florence wearing a Panerai, the staff make a huge fuss over you, as they love Paneristi (fans of Panerai). The watch is hand wound, which led to an interesting discussion about the time you can spend simply looking at a watch to appreciate it.
The Panerai Radiomir Black Seal that Adam talked about
Ed, Hamish’s co-founder, shared his Breitling SuperOcean Heritage. This is the “rainbow” limited edition. He loves the 1950’s design, and the bright rainbow-coloured markers. The bezel is concave, so that it is really easy to read. We discussed the bi-directional bezel, a common design feature of dive watches in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Stuart showed the group two very different watches. The first was a Tudor Prince Chronograph 79280. His is one of the older models, and still has its original Rolex crown, case and bracelet. Adrian pointed out that many collectors think that Tudors from the 1990s had better quality and easier-to-service movements than Rolex watches of the same period. Stuart also showed us his first Swiss watch: a Rolex Air-King 5500. He told us a good story about how he dodged buying a fake for the real thing instead, and this watch started his passion for collecting watches.
A Tudor Prince Chronograph similar to Stuart's 79280
A Rolex Air-King 5500 similar to Stuart's
This week’s event lasted just under an hour and there was plenty of enthusiastic chatter about all the watches. The Watch Collectors’ Club aims to make the watch world simple and accessible to our members, and these virtual events are a great way to explore the watch world. Our events are designed so that members can share their passion, and hopefully learn something interesting. Make sure to keep reading our weekly blog so that you don’t miss out on our next event.
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.