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Throw back to when there were watch gtg's around here. CS is mine though can't fault a good CB
 

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I've always wondered about GTGs like Redbar. What's to stop a bad guy from finding out about it and robbing it? I don't own any watches worth five figures, but I imagine a lot of folks who attend GTGs do and would be skittish about that possibility.
 

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I've always wondered about GTGs like Redbar. What's to stop a bad guy from finding out about it and robbing it? I don't own any watches worth five figures, but I imagine a lot of folks who attend GTGs do and would be skittish about that possibility.
Redbar you have to fill out an application and be accepted before you will receive notice of where they are. I haven't been to a RedBar GTG, but I hear they take security quite serious. I've been to a few watch GTGs years ago. A few people were ok, but really didn't make any lasting friendships. In addition, one of the most memorable things was a guy with a "Prince Valiant Haircut," who was completely obnoxious. He actually, said loudly enough for several people to hear, "Unless you are wearing a Lange or an F.P.Journe you aren't worth my time to talk to." At first I thought he was joking, but he wasn't.
 

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Many years ago, I went to a Redbar DC event with Chase Fancher from Oak and Oscar. Super nice guy, and I subsequently bought an O&O watch that is one of my favorites. I don't remember needing to pass an application process, but maybe it's less of an issue for DC than NYC. The GTG was super low-key, in the common room of a large apartment building in the DC suburbs. I consumed a large amount of bourbon and still have no idea how I got home that night.
 

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Thank you for your service and congrats on your Rolex Submariner! Yes, the bracelet was probably one of the least expensive elements of the old steel 5 digit Rolex watches. Its important to remember that this bracelet design on them has been around for at least 40+ years...which was when these watches were roughly $1,000 (and that's before a discount...which was commonly 25% on steel ones in the early 80s). I doubt any changes/improvements were made to the bracelets other than eventually adding solid end links. So yes, I can see them seeming cheap today compared to modern bracelets from other brands, which have solid center links and machined clasps. I'm actually wearing a 19 year old 16570 Explorer II today, on an oyster bracelet with hollow center links, a stamped steel clasp, and solid end links. I've never had any comfort issues with mine. However, it can depend on the bone structure of one's wrist or how hairy one's wrist is. Many years ago an acquaintance with very hairy arms had a 1990s TAG Heuer SEL, and said he couldn't wear a Rolex, or Omega or several other brands because they pulled the hair on his wrist and were very uncomfortable.
Figured I would finally upload a pic.
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Many years ago, I went to a Redbar DC event with Chase Fancher from Oak and Oscar. Super nice guy, and I subsequently bought an O&O watch that is one of my favorites. I don't remember needing to pass an application process, but maybe it's less of an issue for DC than NYC. The GTG was super low-key, in the common room of a large apartment building in the DC suburbs. I consumed a large amount of bourbon and still have no idea how I got home that night.
Yes, sounds like the Redbar gathering was more low key in DC. Also sounds like your experience at the GTG was better than mine and the people were more down to earth.
 

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I've always wondered about GTGs like Redbar. What's to stop a bad guy from finding out about it and robbing it? I don't own any watches worth five figures, but I imagine a lot of folks who attend GTGs do and would be skittish about that possibility.
Yeah, I'm a Redbar member and had to provide info and answer some questions before receiving invites to events...
 

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There's often a bit of a vouching system as well. An existing member can help give the green light if he or she personally knows someone interested.

Have a nice Sunday everyone.
 

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No it’s an aftermarket bracelet made by Uncle Seiko. He also created a flat link bracelet for the FOIS if you want something closer to the new EW 321 Speedmaster.

I agree on the strap. When I bought this watch a few years ago I just didn’t bond with it because I didn’t like the way the strap looked. It was too short and I didn’t like the taper of it (19mm to 16mm). I prefer less taper on straps and tapered look on bracelets.
 

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Totally agree on the FIOS case and the strap. The tapering leather strap just isn't optimal with the heft of the case. Here's my CK2998 Blue on the 'non-vintage' Omega OEM bracelet and a friend's AP.

 

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Oh, I disagree with the posts above. I like the FOIS on brown leather. Looks good on the bracelets too, though.
 

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