On Saturday the Adelaide contingent of WUS met up to celebrate the end of the year, talk watches, and enjoy a few beers. It was great to meet the guys, and also to see heaps of excellent and interesting watches that more often than not just aren't available to see in this city. All pics are courtesy of Cpt Bluebear - thanks mate!
We met at the Treasury, which is the original Adelaide treasury building which has since been converted to duty as pub, restaurant, and hotel. The treasury is built around a central courtyard, which is the best beer garden in Adelaide IMO, especially on a hot sunny spring / summer day. Unfortunately it was a little cool on Saturday, but not so much it was unpleasant outside, and it's nice and quiet on a saturday afternoon so we didn't have to worry about our toys.
Not a bad place to sink a few pints.
And here we are (Left to right): Sam (Mr Floopy), me, David (Interested party), Alex (Axel F), Laurie (Cpt Bluebear).
Another Adelaide WUS member, Segninol, couldn't make it becasue he was off to see Deborah Harry and the Pretenders! And a mate of mine, Clyde, joined us early on but had to leave. He's not on WUS, but has a SMP and I think has been bitten by the bug. Hehehehehehe
Sam, wearing his brand new 'Final' Frogman and showing off his stunning Laco 55 mm Navigator. You should see the domed crystal on this one. Holy cow! That's his G-Lide in the foreground, and you can just make out his Tutima NATO chrono and Sumo in the background.
"I wonder if my wrist will get any bigger if I take enough 'roids..."
Alex brought along an absolutely superb diver-focussed collection, many of which are shown here. The big mother in its own box is the current Oris pro diver chrono. It is huge and has a stunning ceramic bezel insert and a trick bezel locking mechanism. A real surprise package.
There are also a couple of Deep Blues (first time handling them for all of us other than Alex - very nice), a Steinhart GMT, Oris Ti diver, Tag carrera chrono, and Tag AR500. The Pelican cases are useful for keeping our drool off his beautiful watches...
To the right are a couple of Laurie's PAM homages, one of which has the thickest, softest, plumpest, most supple strap I've experienced. Apparently the secret is to "soak it in Dubbin"!
A better pic of one of Alex's Deep Blues, the Oris chrono, and Laurie's PAM homages. Slap a sapphire on the homages and they're very close to the real thing IMO. Very nice indeed.
Laurie also brought along a 007, another Seiko (013?), and couple of other vintage dive pieces. Help me out here!
Sam and his Tutima. I have a real soft spot for this watch, as it is the piece that introduced me to the world of mechanicals (it's damn nice, too).
"Just give me the damn watch already!"
"You know you're not getting this one back, right?"
(insert humorous caption here)
"Note to self: book larger table next time"
"I might not have the best taste in shirts, but I know a good dive watch when I see one"
"I don't care what you think - this is better than your Monster!"
I don't know what that one is, but apparently I liked it.
My current collection.
Needs more Frogman!