London Issued Watches Meeting 2014

by bulang - Mar 31 2014

Another great event just passed by… i want to thank Mike Wood, Jed McCormack and Paul Maudsley for the great hospitality and organizing such great event. It was a blast.

 

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For me personally after collecting for 8,5 years meeting the people behind the watches has become the greatest pleasure. Sharing fun, the passion and knowledge. And this is what i would advise everyone entering this addiction. Meet up with fellow addicts. Not only to for the fun, but also to be able to hear the stories behind the watches, gain knowledge, see many watches in comparison, details and get a feeling for quality.

I know i am very lucky to be able to join those meetings and have such friends with such great taste and watches. But it goes for every level and every corner of collecting.
Here we go…Mike Wood, Jed McCormack and Paul Maudsley invited us to join them in London. They are also long time collectors and total addicts.

We met up with a bunch of about 40 people in London to celebrate vintage issued watches mainly. In a wider range. And of course a lot more of the vintage Rolex, Longines, Tudor, Panerai, IWC,.. etc watches. People from all over the world flying in. From all over Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. Which shows you how crazy addicted these people are.

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As i organize the Passion Meetings together with Philipp Stahl the last 5 years and visited a a bunch other big meetings i am happy to see many new faces and most important so much passion and fun together (See http://100percent-rolex.blogspot.com for more reports).

Its a big pity that i can’t show you the real value of this meetings. And only show you the watches. These meetings are about so much more then the watches.
Of course there are not many occasions where you can see such an display of rare and interesting watches with history and special stories in 1 place. But the main magic of these events is the twinkle in the eys of the people sharing their passion, stories and joy among each other. And celebrating friendships in a hobby that unites them. Where else.. and with whom else can you share such crazy addiction.

You should realize, that the people at this meeting are showing us some of their watches out of their collection. Collections put together with big, big care. Imagine the hours they spend on research, learning, searching and finding these pieces. Which is 95% of the hobby.<

As we feel.. the biggest achievement we gained over the last years  is the fact that its about the people and fun together. So sorry you will have to do with the images of the watches…. you are missing the feeling of the event.

We took a nice boat trip up the Thames where we had all the times to enjoy the talks, some food, drinks and the watches.
And to start off the display i am happy to show you a ‘couple’ of some super rare watches. 2 gold print Omani Rolex Seadwellers. As there are only about 3-4 known. And these 2 are the only 2 confirmed by Rolex you can imagine how special it is to have them together at one place. one of them in a great friends collection. Who collects Arab dial Rolex for a long time and has some amazing watches.

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But we also had 2 red print Omani Seadwellers around. How often do you see these… the red ponds where issued before the gold printed ones.

B&S London Issued 2014 19That is the problem with these meetings. When we write all over the forums, that Comex, Milsub, Omani is rare.. and then they are all over the meeting. But i guess you get that these meetings are joined by very, very dedicated people.

 

Like this collector. A friend who collects a wide range of issued watches. From Rolex like Comex, vintage military Panerai watches and IWC and Blancpain watches from the German Kampfschwimmer. His Panerai collection is amazing. But we had more vintage Panerai lovers at the meeting. Such magical watches.

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And of course we had all the Comex and Milsub display from Rolex. So cool watches with great stories.B&S London Issued 2014 65

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Did i say rare?? How about a watch where as far as i know only 1 is known off…

Omani GMT..

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The boat cruised up the Thames.. with some view on some iconic buildings and London sights.

 

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But there where so many nice watches.

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And also a lot of Tudor love around… also the guys from Tudorcollector.com (Ross and Morgan) together with the amazing Tudor MN collection from mr. Cool Grahame Fowler. The guy from the Hodinkee movie.

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Some more and cool rare stuff…

Early 5512 square crown guard from a great friend from New York. Who is like mr. Mint…  and now enjoying this beauty with a bit more character. I love it. So warm looks.

B&S London Issued 2014 43 B&S London Issued 2014 42And  how about this couple. One of the nicest 6538 i have seen. Super condition and eye-popping on the wrist. With another amazing watch. A tropical Patend Pending Seadweller MK1 with the typical pinkish faded print. The first one i have seen this tropical. Amazing.

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And how about of the 6538 together with a super nice Rolex 6200 Submariner. The 6200 was the first Submariner… and the mother of all dive watches to me.

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And the watch that made me crazy and hungry again.

Early Longines Monoblock with an step case waterproof case. But with such a killer dial. The owner of this watch is an long time collector, friend and has such an keen eye on quality and taste. I wish i could find such watch.

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Being back home it makes me really proud and feel humble to be part of this great circus. Such great people.

Our trip did not stop on the boat. The hosts provided us not only with great drinks, food and fun. At night we where invited to a club in Sosho etc. But also they showed us some of the watch history at the London Observatory in Greenwich. the home of the Prime Meridian of the world. And the point where the GMT is all about. We got a great display and tour of the Navel academy and the Observatory. With an passionate presentation of watch craftsmanship over the centuries. From some of the most important watch makers of their time. Like Harrison’s timekeepers. Instruments in their time to conquer the seas. Navigation tools.

 

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And finally we get people on their knees to worship TUDOR 😉

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We do special nato straps for these watches. Please mail us….

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And our hosts made us walk up the hill.. to the Observatory … uuuhhhh.

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It was a funny sight to see long lines of people on the outside waiting to be able to stand on the Meridian Line on the outside. When you could just go inside and stand on it there in 10 seconds LOOL!B&S London Issued 2014 112

 

I want to thank the hosts again for their great hospitality and energy to organize the event. It was such a great pleasure to meet up.

As said… more and more for me it becomes about the collector behind the watches and their stories. I loved to see the wide display of watches.And i will keep dreaming of that Longines step case chrono …. maybe one day!
Hope to see you soon again guys.