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Tomorrow afternoon, a WIS get together


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2 hours ago, JayDeep said:

I went a little star struck school girl on him.

 That, I feel, would need to be seen to be believed.  Great story, however, and I look forward to hearing more about it. 

These encounters seem comparatively rare in this cautious world. I once commented on a chap’s Christopher Ward C60 at the gym I use (part of the local Holiday Inn).  Turned out he was a member of the CW forum whose username I recognised when he told me, and he was staying in the hotel on business. 

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36 minutes ago, AVO said:

 That, I feel, would need to be seen to be believed.  Great story, however, and I look forward to hearing more about it. 

These encounters seem comparatively rare in this cautious world. I once commented on a chap’s Christopher Ward C60 at the gym I use (part of the local Holiday Inn).  Turned out he was a member of the CW forum whose username I recognised when he told me, and he was staying in the hotel on business. 

Now that's very cool! I almost hope this guy doesn't recognize any of my user names. I've been pretty much booted from every other forum and group in existence, with very few left behind to remember and miss me. Guess my abrasive nature isn't as appealing as I find it. Lol

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5 minutes ago, JayDeep said:

Guess my abrasive nature isn't as appealing as I find it. Lol

Perhaps contentious or controversial as opposed to abrasive. There are, of course, plenty of people on Internet forums and platforms who are in urgent need of a sense of humour transplant. The places where people don’t take themselves too seriously are always worth finding.

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16 minutes ago, Daveyboyz said:

If I had a pound for every time I spotted a Patek or something and the person totally retreated into their shell when I mentioned it. 

Rolexes are different, but the conversation is usually nauseating.

I'd say its the Omega or Grand Seiko guys that give the best conversations.

Different climates/cultures though, no? My understanding is that, because of youz guysez self defense limitations, you lot are a little more guarded. I definitely don't want things to turn political here, but, like it or not, it is politics at the base of this. However, removing that from the equation and in any regard, the setting was uniquely safe for him, given that he was at my job, in my office with his dad accompanying him, and at ease, knowing full well that I've got my entire career at stake, so... Basically zero threat!

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My wife took me to A Wong for my birthday meal, which was absolutely spectacularly good by the way. The waiter dropped a “nice Tudor” on me and rolled his sleeve up to show his BB Bronze which started a little chat. The somellier appeared to join in with his SMP. At the end of the meal Andrew Wong came for a chat and he was wearing a gold Breitling chrono which is beyond my recognition abilities, didn’t talk about the watch though was too busy with food chat! 
This was the moment when my wife got her head around the whole watch thing and will undoubtedly make the rest of my purchases a little bit easier in the future!

My dentist had a Royal Oak chrono on last week which he caught me staring at! Had a little chat but he wasn’t really into it!

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3 minutes ago, Bow said:

My wife took me to A Wong for my birthday meal, which was absolutely spectacularly good by the way. The waiter dropped a “nice Tudor” on me and rolled his sleeve up to show his BB Bronze which started a little chat. The somellier appeared to join in with his SMP. At the end of the meal Andrew Wong came for a chat and he was wearing a gold Breitling chrono which is beyond my recognition abilities, didn’t talk about the watch though was too busy with food chat! 
This was the moment when my wife got her head around the whole watch thing and will undoubtedly make the rest of my purchases a little bit easier in the future!

My dentist had a Royal Oak chrono on last week which he caught me staring at! Had a little chat but he wasn’t really into it!

That sounds like an amazing experience, for the food as well as the watch camaraderie. I've only ever seen a few Rolexes, and when I've commented they knew nothing of the specific model they were wearing or anything else about any watches at all. They did, however, clearly know that they were better than me, because I recognized their watches but they didn't recognize mine, or even care to try. I did meet a doctor with a Panerai at a frat party once. He also knew nothing about any other watches, he just knew that Panerai was a hidden gem at the time, because that's what the sales person told him (about 15-20 years ago), she was right.

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I'm just happy when someone I speak to is wearing a watch that doesn't connect to their phone.

The Fens is not the most affluent corner of these Isles, and Seiko, Citizen and Rotary seem to be the most common watches that I spot in interactions with clients or parents at the school gates (if I exclude Apple and other Smart watches).

I have one client who has a few Date Justs, all vintage ones, he's a 75 year old builder cockney wideboy and all of his watches are more interesting for the story of the fight/bet/trip in which he acquired them than the actual watches themselves.

I often wonder how many WIS's there are among my clients base and social circle, I'd imagine a handful are there but we've never stumbled into a conversation to identify each other.

I'd love to find a "watch nerd buddy" in real life, hope you have a great night and make a good friend @JayDeep.

 

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2 minutes ago, Bricey said:

I'm just happy when someone I speak to is wearing a watch that doesn't connect to their phone.

The Fens is not the most affluent corner of these Isles, and Seiko, Citizen and Rotary seem to be the most common watches that I spot in interactions with clients or parents at the school gates (if I exclude Apple and other Smart watches).

I have one client who has a few Date Justs, all vintage ones, he's a 75 year old builder cockney wideboy and all of his watches are more interesting for the story of the fight/bet/trip in which he acquired them than the actual watches themselves.

I often wonder how many WIS's there are among my clients base and social circle, I'd imagine a handful are there but we've never stumbled into a conversation to identify each other.

I'd love to find a "watch nerd buddy" in real life, hope you have a great night and make a good friend @JayDeep.

 

I was chatting with my mate last week, turns out he has a Dos Santos and a Seikomatic Diver which I must admit I’ve never come across, known him for 20 years without knowing he had the slightest interest in watches.

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I am a proud owner of a Rolex watch which was given to me as a fortieth birthday present by my wife many years ago . I love the watch , dare I say, as much as my wife but the watch only gets worn for my pleasure. What really annoys me is when I make a fairly substantial purchase and some smart arse salesman sits there in front of me wearing a Daytona or sub mariner and who knows jack **** about it other than the fact that it looks “flash”. I normally make a comment about how big a commission he must earn and usually end up going elsewhere and purchasing from a competitor company

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Most people I know have a 20 year old 'beaten' beater they wear constantly or their watch is in a drawer somewhere needing a new battery. The only exception is a dog walker who I've spotted with an Omega speedmaster, a Breitling (looks like a navitimer), and another that resembles a Panerai Marina.

When I complimented him on the Panerai and asked what it was, it quickly disappeared up his sleeve and he mumbled "just a retirement present" so I guessed he didn't want to show it off.

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Met up with a great mate a couple of weeks ago to go to Goodwood festival of speed. Hadn’t seen him in over a year due to COVID restrictions. Having a coffee in his kitchen before we left and noticed he was wearing a Vostok. Turns out when his Gran passed away she left him some money and he bought a JLC and that sent him on this obsession we all have for watches, so we had a great day out chatting about watches and cars all day. Doesn’t get any better. 

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Last weekend attended a regular (long running) ‘WIS’ get together, attended by many ‘enthusiasts’ from all over the country & Europe.

At this venue, along with many other establishments/homes, have had the opportunity (many times) to discuss all things horological.

The common denominator with all attendees is a passion for timepieces, wealth & social class is never a consideration. IMHO.

At last weekend’s gathering I enjoyed chatting with owners of Patek’s, 18th century French slate full calendar mantle clock, Thomas Tompian pocket watch, 1970’s mechanical jump hour, to name but a few.

Even chatted with a fellow ‘vintage enthusiast’ about our wrist attire at the event, which both happened to be CW’s :swoon:

 

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5 hours ago, JayDeep said:

Different climates/cultures though, no? My understanding is that, because of youz guysez self defense limitations, you lot are a little more guarded. I definitely don't want things to turn political here, but, like it or not, it is politics at the base of this. However, removing that from the equation and in any regard, the setting was uniquely safe for him, given that he was at my job, in my office with his dad accompanying him, and at ease, knowing full well that I've got my entire career at stake, so... Basically zero threat!

Most of my spottings are in casino's or poker rooms or even corporate events.   All pretty safe arenas to know I'm not about to knock them over the head and run off with their watch.

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10 minutes ago, Daveyboyz said:

Most of my spottings are in casino's or poker rooms or even corporate events.   All pretty safe arenas to know I'm not about to knock them over the head and run off with their watch.

Sounds like you are trying to lull us into a false sense of security.

 

What's that you're holding behind you back?

 

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