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The trip was one I have wanted to do for a while and after speaking to a few different vintage people in London they suggested Bond Street as most vintage guys are only around at weekend.

I called WEMPE the watch shop and spoke to Lynn Schroeder and managed to get an appointment for a few of us to look around her show room, ok 3pm was on..... a few months earlier I had popped in to Marcus on Bond Street where I met Dean Harding the assistant manager.... I explained who I was and how sad I was and he allowed me to take some pics.... they turned out bad so dare I call him again.... I called and although it was his day off the Manager of Marcus Chris said we would be welcome to pop in.... say 4pm after WEMPE...........
Ok now e had a plan of action.... Bond Street top to bottom, WEMPE and Marcus 3 - 4 pm the down to the South Bank before getting out of town.
So Thursday morning I grab Gary (agentorange - left below) and I drive the 120 miles to the outskirts of London, from there we jump a tube and make it to South Molten street, near Bond street for noon ish........
Now I organised this trip initially a few months ago and from the beginning Gary Steed is in.... he lives on the South Coast near Dover so came up by train for the day......
Sunny day turns in to tremendous downpour..... we meet up with Gary Steed (right below) and have a civilised coffee outside while the monsoon comes down. Being true Brits we get our watches out on the table of the street Cafe and get acquainted....



PORSCHE DESIGN

Finally the rain stops and we wander down to Bond Street.....

our first stop is Porsche Design

the two Garys try not to look suspicious standing outside....








First Watch of the day is - PD World Timer in 'black' PVD coated Titanium - what a cool watch and huge too.... at least 46mm and maybe 25 mm deep. Great design and such a simple watch to operate. Un Screw the top crown and twist the clicking cities in the right window while the left window shows you the hour of the day in the relevant timezone..... all very cool!
Thank you to James Morris- Manager of the Porsche Design Shop for letting us have a look at such cool watches.............. Porsche Design - Bond Street, London 0207 495 2938





Here it is next to my 43mm Bremont

The shop manager seemed to like teh 'cut of our jib' after we explained out fascination with all things clock work..... he offered to get 'From the Safe' a very rare Porsche Watch indeed.....

PD Indicator........ something like 75,000 ordered by a good customer who could not live with it when it arrived....and handed it back....... cool watch and absolutely massive...















back of the World Timer




Well pretty much blown away by our first visit we stumbled out of the shop to our first vintage shop only to be confronted by a load of custom PVD Rolex watches........

Daytona here.....





a Navitimer 806 there....

an Omega Seamaster and a Blancpain Fifty......not watches you see every day......
they even had a Laco Buhr watch on the floor in teh window hardly displayed so I guess military was not their thing....






Moving down Bond Street something caught my eye in Watches of Switzerland..... now this isn't your average Watches of Switzerland....... Zenith, UN, Bregeut, JLC, IWC, A. Lange, GP, Blancpain all nestled together with a couple of vintage pieces.


A Heuer Carrera from the very early 70's in great condition with a very cool looking vintage strap....

Hold on a minute... that's an ATG strap..... well if it's good enough for you guys then it is obviously good enough for Bond Street... LOL!!!!!














2.50pm time to call Lynn Schroeder at Wempe, she is waiting for us and we trott back up Bond street passing a loveley Miro in the window of a Gallery opposite Christies.


oh and a qick stop outside Breguet to see their truly amazing looking complications......







WEMPE


Thank you to Lynn Schroeder - Manager of WEMPE - LONDON for giving us so much of her time and for being such a nice person.
WEMPE - Bond Street, London 0207 493 2299







Lynn gives us a great welcome at the door...... welcomes us to her show room...... shows us around and gives us a tour of the new WEMPE shop..... very swish and very welcoming.

We are introduced to their in house watchmaker and Lynn encourages us to show our vintage collections to him.... he is very interested in the old Omegas from Gary and the military watches from me...






Then he sposts my business card and logo..... to both our na dhis surprise he tells us in faltering English that he already has a watch for sale on the ATG Sales Forum and that he hasn't had a sniff yet.... well, well small world eh?





We have a great talk with Lynn who tells us about here experience in the watch trade in New York at the WEMPE shop there and we chat about up and coming brands...... shw admires my Bremont at says she has heard good things about the new British brand.

After making us feel right at home she asks us what we would like to view and I have to admit I was thinking Glashutte Original but I settled for A Lange & Sohne and boy were we ever mpressed by the watches Lynn brought over........




Lange 1 in platinum, Datograph yellow gold and their 'Debut' watch this year. The 'Grande' Lange 1






We were stuck for words..... what absolutely beautiful timepieces... what craftsmanship.... the technical aspect of their dials, the technical aspect of their movements married with the absolute dedication to taking a beautiful mechanical movement and making it even more so with incredible engraving........





and making the case back as open and clear as possible so as to view the work below.......quite an extraordinary watch I think............ the Grande Lange 1



Here is a shot of the Datograph...... I read recently in QP magazine that thsi would be the watch one of their journalists would buy if he had 25,000 to spend. I have to say in the magazine the watch looked the best choice and in real life it is even better..........


Here I took a shot with my Heuer Bund in shot for scale... the Bund is 43mm