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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:[mention]jkbarnes[/mention] [mention]Peteo[/mention]

Great to hear you could make it gents and thanks for the write-ups and photos. :thumbup: :thumbup:

As [mention]OllyW[/mention] has written, for our USA members if you follow The Inside Track here on the forum, you'll be able to keep up to date with CW Events and attendance at Watch Fairs in the US. :wink: :wink:

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Delighted you guys had a good time at the show :clap: 8)
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I visited the DC Watch Show on Sunday as well and managed to get a bit of time in at the Christopher Ward table, which was no easy feat given that it was by far the busiest of the show. My primary mission was to evaluate the Twelve to see if I could make a 40mm work, as I've recently picked up a 36 model after thinking the 40 might be a lot of dial, even though I can typically wear a 40-42 without an issue. The good news is would be that the 40mm will work great for me, with the bad news being that I want to add one to the collection alongside the 36 and I can't decide on a dial color...

I did get a moment to chat with Michael Pearson and the other person who was attending the display at that time, both very pleasant.

My takeaways:
  • The Sealander dragonfly dial is a wonder in-person - pictures on the CW site don't do it justice and now I think I need that GMT
  • Confirmation that the C65 Aquitaine divers are not for me. The previous C65 Trident Diver line was my absolute favor and I was dismayed to see it go in favor of the Aquitaine line. I didn't prefer the design language when I first saw it but thought maybe that was my bias from the loss of the prior line, but in-person my thoughts were validated. As with many CW's, the fit and finish is top notch, but it's just not a design for me
  • The Consort bracelet is super-nice!
  • The Bel Canto is breathtaking.
I also had a physical takeaway, a CW hat! - Michael handed me one while chatting when I briefly shared my experience with the brand

...and I also have something in common with @Peteo in that I also came home with a Tsao Baltimore / Baltimore Watch Company Balt Pilot - though I came home with the non-Worldtimer with the white dial (though I came really close to getting it with the meteorite dial). I recently acquired the bronze case, blue dial version of their Torsk Diver on the secondary market when I thought that a local micro brand would be good to add to the collection and I started feeling a bit more attached to its local connection so when I saw the Balt Pilot in full titanium case/bracelet with a decent movement I decided it should join my collection.

The only other brand that really caught my eye at the show was Stella Watch Company out of New York - their textured dials were very interesting, particularly on the Ellis model.
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bananapants wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:40 pm
...and I also have something in common with @Peteo in that I also came home with a Tsao Baltimore / Baltimore Watch Company Balt Pilot - though I came home with the non-Worldtimer with the white dial (though I came really close to getting it with the meteorite dial). I recently acquired the bronze case, blue dial version of their Torsk Diver on the secondary market when I thought that a local micro brand would be good to add to the collection and I started feeling a bit more attached to its local connection so when I saw the Balt Pilot in full titanium case/bracelet with a decent movement I decided it should join my collection.

The only other brand that really caught my eye at the show was Stella Watch Company out of New York - their textured dials were very interesting, particularly on the Ellis model.
Great minds think alike (or have similar taste in watches)! I also really thought that the Stella watches looked nice, there were really great details on both the dial and case back sides that just don't come through in the photos. That brand name though. I don't know if I can get past it. I always think of that Seinfeld reference whenever I think of the name Stella.

Enjoy the Balt Pilot! I hope you wear it in good health! In terms of other Maryland brands, have you checked out Towson Watch Company? I think they make some very nice stuff, if a little deliberately old fashioned. I'm sad that I missed them at the show.
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Where is the post from the CW rep Mike about the show? He posted a thread with great pictures even from inside the White House. Where did the thread go?
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Jkpa wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 2:55 pm Where is the post from the CW rep Mike about the show? He posted a thread with great pictures even from inside the White House. Where did the thread go?
Find it here.
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I was out of town and really bummed to have missed it this year, particularly with CW involved. I hope this show continues and grows. I had a great time there two years ago. It's a lot of fun to talk watches with true enthusiasts and non just sales people. The folks at this show KNOW and LOVE watches.
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Peteo wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:46 am
bananapants wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:40 pm
...and I also have something in common with @Peteo in that I also came home with a Tsao Baltimore / Baltimore Watch Company Balt Pilot - though I came home with the non-Worldtimer with the white dial (though I came really close to getting it with the meteorite dial). I recently acquired the bronze case, blue dial version of their Torsk Diver on the secondary market when I thought that a local micro brand would be good to add to the collection and I started feeling a bit more attached to its local connection so when I saw the Balt Pilot in full titanium case/bracelet with a decent movement I decided it should join my collection.

The only other brand that really caught my eye at the show was Stella Watch Company out of New York - their textured dials were very interesting, particularly on the Ellis model.
Great minds think alike (or have similar taste in watches)! I also really thought that the Stella watches looked nice, there were really great details on both the dial and case back sides that just don't come through in the photos. That brand name though. I don't know if I can get past it. I always think of that Seinfeld reference whenever I think of the name Stella.

Enjoy the Balt Pilot! I hope you wear it in good health! In terms of other Maryland brands, have you checked out Towson Watch Company? I think they make some very nice stuff, if a little deliberately old fashioned. I'm sad that I missed them at the show.
Towson Watch Company is definitely on my radar.

Did you get a chance to check out Maryland Watch Works / E. Stohlman watches (https://estohlman.com/) at the show? Eugene, who co-owns MWW, had his own watch that he designed, The Earl, on display at the show. He used to work out of his uncle's shop in my neighborhood, so it was great to reconnect with him. Maryland Watch Works assembles watches for a handful of micro-brands, including recent Tsao Baltimore models. I'm going to work on getting The Earl ahead of Towson... but to bring it back to the Christopher Ward... there's a few CW's on my list too....
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bananapants wrote:
Peteo wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:46 am
bananapants wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 7:40 pm
...and I also have something in common with @Peteo in that I also came home with a Tsao Baltimore / Baltimore Watch Company Balt Pilot - though I came home with the non-Worldtimer with the white dial (though I came really close to getting it with the meteorite dial). I recently acquired the bronze case, blue dial version of their Torsk Diver on the secondary market when I thought that a local micro brand would be good to add to the collection and I started feeling a bit more attached to its local connection so when I saw the Balt Pilot in full titanium case/bracelet with a decent movement I decided it should join my collection.

The only other brand that really caught my eye at the show was Stella Watch Company out of New York - their textured dials were very interesting, particularly on the Ellis model.
Great minds think alike (or have similar taste in watches)! I also really thought that the Stella watches looked nice, there were really great details on both the dial and case back sides that just don't come through in the photos. That brand name though. I don't know if I can get past it. I always think of that Seinfeld reference whenever I think of the name Stella.

Enjoy the Balt Pilot! I hope you wear it in good health! In terms of other Maryland brands, have you checked out Towson Watch Company? I think they make some very nice stuff, if a little deliberately old fashioned. I'm sad that I missed them at the show.
Towson Watch Company is definitely on my radar.

Did you get a chance to check out Maryland Watch Works / E. Stohlman watches (https://estohlman.com/) at the show? Eugene, who co-owns MWW, had his own watch that he designed, The Earl, on display at the show. He used to work out of his uncle's shop in my neighborhood, so it was great to reconnect with him. Maryland Watch Works assembles watches for a handful of micro-brands, including recent Tsao Baltimore models. I'm going to work on getting The Earl ahead of Towson... but to bring it back to the Christopher Ward... there's a few CW's on my list too....
Oh my god, that neighborhood shop, do you mean the Watch Pocket in Silver Spring?

If so, I used to live right by there and would pop in often.


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Peteo wrote: Thu Mar 07, 2024 2:58 am
bananapants wrote:
Peteo wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:46 am

Great minds think alike (or have similar taste in watches)! I also really thought that the Stella watches looked nice, there were really great details on both the dial and case back sides that just don't come through in the photos. That brand name though. I don't know if I can get past it. I always think of that Seinfeld reference whenever I think of the name Stella.

Enjoy the Balt Pilot! I hope you wear it in good health! In terms of other Maryland brands, have you checked out Towson Watch Company? I think they make some very nice stuff, if a little deliberately old fashioned. I'm sad that I missed them at the show.
Towson Watch Company is definitely on my radar.

Did you get a chance to check out Maryland Watch Works / E. Stohlman watches (https://estohlman.com/) at the show? Eugene, who co-owns MWW, had his own watch that he designed, The Earl, on display at the show. He used to work out of his uncle's shop in my neighborhood, so it was great to reconnect with him. Maryland Watch Works assembles watches for a handful of micro-brands, including recent Tsao Baltimore models. I'm going to work on getting The Earl ahead of Towson... but to bring it back to the Christopher Ward... there's a few CW's on my list too....
Oh my god, that neighborhood shop, do you mean the Watch Pocket in Silver Spring?

If so, I used to live right by there and would pop in often.


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Yes! I used to go in there every couple of weeks to chat with Gene and to see what vintage watches he brought back to life recently. He was always so enthusiastic - I'm so happy to see him moving up beyond his uncle's shop.
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bananapants wrote: Fri Mar 08, 2024 1:07 am
Yes! I used to go in there every couple of weeks to chat with Gene and to see what vintage watches he brought back to life recently. He was always so enthusiastic - I'm so happy to see him moving up beyond his uncle's shop.
That's just incredible. I thought I recognized him from somewhere! I used to go to the Watch Pocket a few times a year. I never bought more than a G-Shock from that store, but I frequented it a lot to look at vintage watches.

What a small world. I hope his venture takes off! I'm taking another look at the Earl right now.
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