Had great fun yesterday at WatchPro Salon in London. Another opportunity to meet up with some old/new friends, see some watches at a posh venue (the Londoner Hotel). Here’s some of my personal highlights:
This gilt dial Rolex 5508 circa 1958 presented by Watches of Knightsbridge auction house. Even though the Submariner design has hardlly changed over the years, the size of this was more akin to a Tudor BB54. The tropical patina starting to develop around 4 and 8 o’clock was stunning to see. Under a loupe, you could see lume plots had started show almost ‘burnt’ edges. Definitely my favourite thing at the show. It also gave me the opportunity to meet Christopher of the Bexsonn blog - definitely worth checking out.
Here’s two watches by Duckworth Prestex to celebrate their upcoming centenary. They’re re-issues from their archives. Modestly priced (quartz) but it was that ‘7’ numeral that really caught my eye.
I’m sure a few of you are familiar with the Swiss Railroad clock design as used by Mondaine, but I saw a rather cool steel travel alarm clock with nifty flipping mechanism. Much to my annoyance, I didn’t take a photo of it (too busy flipping it back and forth - it’s SO satisfying!). It’d make a great desk clock - here’s a photo from Amazon….
I’d seen this Meraud Antiqua before, with its re-puposed (and re-finished) vintage Landeron movement. It’s so well done (if a little big for me personally). They also previewed their upcoming Bonaire dive watch update. Alas I was asked not to post on social media. So I won’t. Sign up to their website if you are interested.
Other than brands displaying their wares and novelties, eBay were there promoting their Authenticated service. Got to take part in a raffle for a few watches and other goodies (I didn’t win). Which is not to say I walked away empty handed from the day - a variety of brands/companies will offer tote/goodie bags with a variety of items such as watch rolls, microfibre cloths, catalogues, pens, watch trays etc
Another of the ones I’ll file under ‘educational’ is learning of the existence of watch shops/dealers that I never knew existed. Like Bloombar (based in Marylebone - one of the most underrated places to visit in London imo). Got to try on this 2021 JLC Reverso Tribute. Even though they didn’t have what I wanted to see, I was invited just to drop by for drinks and just ‘chat watches’. It was a good first impression, for me.
There’s plenty more I’ve not mentioned but are no less noteworthy or interesting. The main attraction is always just to be around fellow enthusiasts and to see the community coming together to celebrate their passion. Hope to see you all at the next one