Alphabet soup gang gathering last Sunday in Santa Monica . . .

Aug 20, 2021,00:57 AM

. . . at Mr C's house.  It was our first since last February, with thirteen in attendance plus a few more that would've made it had it not been for unforeseen circumstances  - or, in one case, being in Hawaii. 


Mr and Mrs C kindly lent their backyard to host our gathering, so masks weren't necessary.  We ordered in from a nearby deli which Mr C picked up, while Mr A brought a few six packs and avocados to complement the deli sandwiches and salads.  

It was a clear day; your correspondent has little experience taking photos outdoors in direct sunlight, and consequently took only a few photos.

Mr J, who's been a member of our group since our second gathering in '05, brought his Parmigiani . . .

. . . and KV . . .

. . . among others.  I believe Mr L brought this indie . . .

. . . which I'm at a loss to describe.  (Note to self: next time, take notes.)

Mr M brought along his newly acquired Dornblüth 2010 . . .

. . . which inspired much agony and gnashing of teeth for yours truly, who should've bought one but didn't.


"From the sublime to the ridiculous" in one photo: a limited edition GO Senator 1845 belonging to Mr A . . .

. . . next to a Timex Mickey belonging to Mr D.  The four vintage IWC belonged to either our host, Mr C, or perhaps Mr E, who was accompanied by his assistant Miss F (seen in the background of the second pic).

Besides watches, Mr D brought along gang t-shirts . . .

. . . which were distributed to all who'd ordered them.  The club shirts were Mrs H's idea, which Mr D then designed and ordered last month.  Many thanks to both, especially Mrs H, as the t-shirts set us back considerably less than Plan B.  And what was Plan B, you might ask? 

Speedmasters with our club logo on the dial.



Mr A

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Love the group’s name. Looks like you had a great time.

 By: Lankysudanese : August 20th, 2021-01:15
I think that I know the deli spot that you ordered from 😁 🤤

You're in Santa Monica?! . . .

 By: Dr No : August 20th, 2021-01:28
. . . please send me a pm! Mr A

Used to live in westwood, and frequent most of the Santa Monica eateries.

 By: Lankysudanese : August 20th, 2021-01:46
Sadly, I live thousands of miles away now

It was a long-awaited, and very enjoyable gathering.

 By: mkvc : August 20th, 2021-01:24
Very nice to see everyone in person with reasonable safety, and I must say that some people did some very productive and well-chosen collecting while isolated. I can confirm that the Mickey Mouse watch is an Ingersoll owned by Mrs. C, and the IWCs were fr... 

Nice bezel on the Glashütte...

 By: mdg : August 20th, 2021-01:41
...sounds like a good time.

Was honored to be initiated into the gang, Art, thank you✊

 By: Brandon Skinner : August 20th, 2021-05:23
Below are just a few that caught my attention, but certainly not all. Art’s perfectly broken-in flightmaster Together with another proper pilot’s watch… This gorgeous Omega with a movement I could only imagine through the solid caseback A Ronzon from an I...  

Glad you could join us, Mr L! . . .

 By: Dr No : August 20th, 2021-14:37
. . . one of the members of our gang drives in from even further away; otherwise, you'd hold the record. I hope your friend will join us next time, reputedly mid-November. Best, Mr A

Wow, amazing selection!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : August 20th, 2021-16:07

Looks like you all had a great time 🤗

 By: Watchonthewrist : August 20th, 2021-08:37
Thanks for sharing

Good to see the gang back in town …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 20th, 2021-09:01
The diverse selection of watches just adds to the occasion. Cue the music ;-)) …

I knew . . .

 By: Dr No : August 20th, 2021-14:27
. . . that was coming.


 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 20th, 2021-19:27

Thinks for sharing!

 By: iceheller : August 20th, 2021-11:12
That Bugatti is awesome! So are the other watches.

Looks as though everyone had a wonderful time.

 By: KCLQMULKU : August 20th, 2021-11:27
The pieces look amazing, particularly the Parmigiani. The Mickey Mouse Timex harks back to my days as a child in the 1980s. I remember wearing a round dialled version, though I cannot remember whether it was Timex, though I remember I had to wind it every... 

Another view of the Mickey

 By: Brandon Skinner : August 20th, 2021-14:15

Even more beautiful!

 By: KCLQMULKU : August 20th, 2021-14:55
Apologies. I still wish I knew the one I had as a child.

Mr M has claimed the Ronzon . . .

 By: Dr No : August 20th, 2021-15:04
. . . as his own. Thanks, Mr M! I was able to track down an image of him. Yes, 'M' stands for 'marvelous'. ...  

Missed this one but...

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : August 20th, 2021-17:11
Thanks to Mr. D and Mr. A, I got my T-shirt: ...  

You couldn't find a better match for your FPJ . . .

 By: Dr No : August 20th, 2021-20:59
. . . if you tried.

Very true and thanks again Mr. A 👍

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : August 20th, 2021-21:17

Looks like a fine GTG. I really...

 By: Ronald Held : August 21st, 2021-16:44
Must try to attend.