...as many of you know, we have started a trend in 2006 that brought many WIS
from all around the world even closer. Some guys just jump in the car and get there,
(some lucky ones just take a cab or subway)…but many have boarded the planes
or crossed the oceans !
Not that GTG’s are something new, but I think that back in 2006 we started something very special.
Something that brings this great watch enthusiasts community even closer and something that
is actually ‘way’ beyond watches. I am glad that watches are my hobby ! Because of them I have
met many great people whom I am proud to call my friends now !
What started innocently in fall of 2006 is now slowly but surely becoming a tradition.
By now we had 2 nice autumn meetings in Tampa and two in spring that took place in New York.
In-between these larger events several of us met in Las Vegas, London or Basel, but somewhat
the FALL/TPA and SPRING /NYC meetings that are 6 months apart are becoming the events that we
hope will become a part of your WIS calendar someday and we hope that these events will only grow.
“Our 3rd Annual Tampa GTG will be on SAT, November 15th 2008”
While the GTG meeting itself is always on SAT from about 2/3 – 8 PM, we like to make the trip worth the while
for those that come from further away. Many folks start gathering on THU or even earlier. Mid November is usually ‘perfect’
when it comes to weather in Tampa bay area and I sure that beaches and beach bars will see their share of nice watches :D
There WILL be ‘after GTG” activities on SAT night and for those who like NFL (or never even saw a game) – Buccaneers
are playing at home on SUN. Make it a nice weekend in Florida!
Of course as time goes on, more details will follow, but for now at least you know…..’WE HAVE A DATE – NOV 15th”
This event is open to ALL watch enthusiast (AND their family & friends) regardless of the watch brand or watch forum !
Again, we will have some nice door prizes and some lucky WIS will go home with a free BALL watch & ORBITA winder,
because of the continuing support from those great companies. These GTGs are very special because of the support
of our sponsors. I would like to thank Jeff Hess and the rest of the crew from Ball Watch USA for their continuing support
of all of the GTG as well as Watch Talk Forums. John Brozek will be there as well with his goodies and his Rolex book and local
Rolex dealer (Avantgold) will bring to show us a nice Rolex collection. Avantgold will donate also some door prizes....and most
importantly provide us with off duty police officer for our protection ! !
Hope to see many old friends there and meet even more new ones !
PS: For those that never attended one, HERE are some pictures and reports.
PS: While I am staying out of organizing the accommodations, I made a phone call to THIS NICE HOTEL,
and was asking about a "group rate". Regular price is $249 or $294 for Gulf of Mexico view.
I was told that if at least 10 rooms are booked the rate could be $179 (or $219 for Gulf of Mexico view.)
Please register for this GTG by sending e-mail to: WatchFan1@hotmail.com
Just a few days before the GTG, details about exact location will be e-mailed to you.
However, registration is mandatory !! (when e-mailing me, please state the total number of attendees in your party)
All the necessary details will be e-mailed the week of the event ONLY to those THAT REGISTER VIA E-MAIL .