Issued 3 Meeting – A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

by bulang - Apr 25 2018
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

We are so happy to share with you some of the moments and watches from this amazing GTG, held in Liverpool last weekend. Organized by 2 dear old friends and long time passionado’s for issued watches and their great history. Mike (@theoldwatchshop) and Jed (@jedly) pulled it off again and gathered a great group of old friends, new collectors and like minded watch addicts from all around the globe (Europe, USA, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and more besides).
Celebrating issued watches that have seen space, the deep sea and many military service units. Like the famous Rolex Milsubs, Nasa Speedmaster, Comex Subs and UAE, Omani and FAP issues watches. Thanks so much Mike and Jed and all contenders for the great weekend and fun!

 

Learn by Passion

I have been to many meetings over the years. I have organized my fair share of GTG’ers (check The Passion Meetings) and just like Mike and Jed and many others have done. All in the hope to connect the community and help people to find like-minded people to share their knowledge and friendship with. Over the years i have learned, that this is by far the most valuable part of this hobby and passion. THE PEOPLE you connect with. Sharing a mutual interest has created friendships for a life time. But also opened doors to learn in depth about our watch hobby.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

 

In today’s world, where sadly forums have lost a lot of the fire and Instagram has taken over, discussions on knowledge have often become shallow. Everything for a pretty image, swipe and like and move on. The real in depth insides and stories behind a watch, provenance, research etc have moved away from the wider audience.

For me watch meetings are among the most important moment to learn about the deeper insides of the watches. To really research them and be able to compare, study and find out more about the provenance and nuances. Too often we see self proclaimed experts make big statements on Insta, Youtube or Facebook without ever having the watches in their hand or having several examples to study and compare. Watch meetings give you the opportunity to discover and discuss with a wider group of people. And learn from the people who have way more experience on a subject.

 

The illusion of Science

Today we also see that to many people try to over-rationalize and over-analyse vintage watches. Trying to fit every detail into a box, in order to be able to tick it. But sure for vintage Rolex i have learned, there is no exact science. Lume is not lume, the geiger is not the real answer to it all, not every inlay, dial can be matched to a serial etc.
Certainly when looking at original owner watches you will discover many mysteries. And isn’t that WHY WE LOVE THIS HOBBY?? If it would be an exact science and all in neat little boxes i would have left it already. The Mystery is big part of the Magic. And aren’t the things that you don’t know often far more exciting then the things you know?

Watch meetings give you a perfect opportunity to discover these mysteries. Give you time and ease to dive deep and let the magic take you on board. Step on and try to meet with other collectors. Join in for a relaxed weekend and amazing watch talks.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

The great surrounding of the Titanic Hotel set the stage. The weather was perfect for a relaxed Friday and meeting with the guys.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Saturday start-up at the beach and after off to the main event.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships


Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Smelled like 100 vintage Rolex boxes 😉
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Off to Liverpool Centre for a nice and sunny day of watches

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsFriends who share the love for tropical watches. My 5513 and Geoff’s (@manhattenrollie) amazing new 2998 Speedmaster.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsWatches got unpacked. Tables got filled.  About 36 Comex watches at the scene.
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Big Numbers

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
2 of the about 10 non-logo-dial Double Red Seadweller issued to Comex for first tests with the Helium Valve. Issued to Comex before the 5513 and 5514 Comex was released to them,. Super rare!

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsThe Rolex 5513 and 5517 Milsub is still one of the coolest watches out there

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsBoth have been used by the British Military. And share some of the same MOD specifications like sword hands, T-dial, 60minutes bezel and fixed bars.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsA issued watch that has really been used… can’t be mint. It wears its marks with pride.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Explorer dial Submariners
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships2 Rolex 1675 UAE GMT’s. The left one was once mine. I bought it from a older guy who owned it for many many years. He bought it for 200GBP from his friend in London, who received it as body guard of the Royal family. Never had a blue insert on. He bought it like that with images to show him wearing it over the years. 

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

A super rare beast. As far as i know the only one known Omani GMT.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsGilt love is strong among collectors

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsVery rare Underline, double-swiss Submariner and GMT
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
The famous Eagle-Beek Tropical 5512, also featured in A MAN & HIS WATCH book.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsRolex 5510 Submariner

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsIssued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships
Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

 

A super rare NASA issued ‘Shuttle era’ Speedmaster.

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Tudor Marine Nationale Snowflake Parade

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Great to see a 6265 OYSTER NEWMAN .. not transformed into a 6263 for value reasons. And it looks killer. Forget about that 6263 is better then 6265 bullshit. For me all vintage Daytona’s are just amazing beauties!

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and FriendshipsIssued Lemania’s

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships

Man that watch caught my eye. All weekend…  So funky. So wrong, but oh so good.

People make this hobby

As said, the people are to me the biggest value of such meetings. And also we share the love for these vintage watches, often we are from different backgrounds, lifestyle and interest. Which makes it even more interesting for me. A crazy bunch of people who might not likely connect in their normal surroundings, but so fun when brought together by our mutual interest. And listening to their stories enriches my life for sure.

I can insure you, during this GTG and many others events i have not met one single ‘normal’ guy. Thanks god for that.
It makes life so much more interesting. Let’s celebrate our Passions. Let’s celebrate this craziness. Let’s Meet!

We wish we could share more of the images of the people and the special atmosphere of such meetings. But of course out of privacy we can’t… hope you enjoyed the watch porn then also.

Bernhard Bulang
See you  next time.

 

You want to read more on such meetings

• The Rolex Passion Meeting 2015
• The Issued Meeting 2016
• The London Issued Meeting 2014
• The Rolex Passion Meeting 2013

 

Issued 3 Meeting - A Celebration of Tool watches and Friendships