Monday, October 06, 2008

San Francisco Watch GTG (Get Together) Sunday, October 5, 2008

San Francisco Watch GTG!!!

We had the first San Francisco Watch GTG last night at Perry's on Union Street and it was superb. 

Maurice Chevalier, the French entertainer put it best in 1964 when he said "Like a genial hotelier, Rolex has introduced me to some of the nicest people. I ask about their Rolex and they ask about mine. It's as marvelous a conversation piece as it is a timepiece."

I agree with Maurice and I was blown away with how nice everybody was!!! I had a great time and it was definitely a heartwarming experience. 

Dinner is served above!!! Just kidding!!! I brought along James Dowling and Jeff Hess book, named "The Best of Time, Rolex Wristwatches" so everybody could see it.

If Rolex was a restaurant it would be Perry's. Seriously!!! Even our bartender was wearing his Rolex SEA-DWELLER as seen above.

Sheldon took the photo above of the whole gang having fun.

Sheldon Smith of is pictured above sporting a MilSub that Eric Ku broght. Larry (Sharkman is pictured in the middle between Eric and Sheldon. Sheldon and I recorded our first podcast earlier this week and I met him in person last night for the first time. What a nice, nice man!!!

I just thought the photo of Sheldon above was funny because he is photographing Rolex watches that Eric Ku brought to share with us and the sign above Sheldon says Moisture and Dust Proof Package, and Sheldon is taking photos of Moisture and Dust Proof Watches.

Eric Ku is the biggest vintage dealer in the San Francisco bay area and he brought a stunning collection of vintage Rolex watches to share with everybody. Sheldon can be seen in the photo above the one above taking this photo.

A quarter of a million dollars on two wrists!!!

In the photo above I was wearing Hannes GMT Master. Hannes is pictured in the center with his girlfriend Mindy and Hannes is the co-owner of the German, Rolex Forum.

In the photo above I am wearing an original Submariner from 1955 on an olive NATO strap. Eric Ku is pictured on the far left and Hannes girlfriend Mindy is sitting next to Hannes.

I brought John Goldberger's new Rolex book named 100 Superlative Rolex Watches with me and it was a huge hit. Everybody loved it and thought is was a masterpiece. Check out that crazy starburst yellow gold Rolex Submariner on top of John's book. Rolex did not make that watch with the starburst dial, it just oxidized that way over the years.

What would a Rolex GTG be without Rolex Hotness!?!?!

Joe and Hannes are talking above.

Joe is pictured above with his lovely wife. I tried on Joe's magnificent original Submariner as you can see in the wrist shot below. Joe's Submariner had the craziest cool patina I have ever seen on a Rolex. You can't really tell from the photo but all the indices had a copper patina that perfectly matched the hands.

Eric Ku brought what was probably my favorite Rolex at the GTG which is pictured below. It is a Milsub 5517. Really, really cool and worth $150,000.

Sheldon took the photo below of me (Jake) enjoying a breadstick.

Last but not least is the Tiffany and Company Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner pictured below with nipple indices.

Hannes took photos and once he gets back to Germany and emails me some of them, I will add them to this article.

We plan to have a GTG every 6 months so the next one will be on April 5, 2009.