Sharing the Passion

What do you do when your collection begins to grow exponentially? For me, step into a new realm and sell some of them. November 24 and 25 In a Time Watches will be at the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market with dozens of amazing vintage watches for sale.

This has been an interesting undertaking. I'm not quitting my day job, simply sharing my passion with others by providing an eclectic curated collection of accessible (not over the top expensive), working-person vintage mechanical watches. The collection generally consists of watches designed for the working class, suited for both men and women, and feature North American makers or watches that had Swiss made movements but were cased and marketed in North America. Watches from Hamilton, Elgin, Illinois, Bulova and Gruen from the 1920s through the 1960s are among those that will be for sale. 

For a preview of what will be available at the market, you can check out our Instagram or Facebook pages.

My wife and I at our vendors booth this past September
We've been to a couple of shows now. We're fine-tuning what we sell, getting a better understanding of peoples tastes, learning to merchandise and essentially growing our brand.  At our first shows we had success selling watches, met interesting people and talked to lots of people about watches and heard incredible stories about someones grandfather's or grandmother's vintage watch. 

Some of the watches being prepped for the market.

We hope you can join us in Abbotsford at the Tradex November 24 and 25. And the bonus, there's lots of other great vintage, up-cycled and repurposed items from over 100 vendors at the market.

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Six Degrees of Separation

A recent article about the new movie release "First Man" mentions movie production details like the use of Omega Speedmaster watches worn by the actors. The "Speedy", as it is affectionately referred to, was the same model used during the first moon missions of the 1960s. This got me thinking about my connection with Canadian astronauts and my six degrees of separation from space flight. The Hodinkee article referenced Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield (I myself am Canadian, eh) and I got to think about my encounter with him and another Canadian astronaut.

Screen shot of Ryan Gosling's Omega Speedmaster from the movie First Man

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

The short Hodinkee article was primarily about the Omega Speedmasters used by astronauts through the 1960s but also referenced the continuing use of Omega watches today (in the case of Chris Hadfield, an Omega X-33).

Colonel Hadfield and his Omega X-33

Omega X-33
Having recently read the article, I recalled the encounter I had with astronaut Chris Hadfield a few years ago. Following a presentation from Colonel Hadfield about his time on the International Space Station, I had the privilege to chat with him.

In addition to wearing a cool Omega watch in space, the Hodinkee article references Colonel Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded on the International Space Station. It is an interesting feat recording a music video in space!

Chatting with Colonel Hadfield about space flight

Interestingly, my connection to space was even earlier when I met another Canadian astronaut, Colonel Jeremy Hansen. I spent some time with Colonel Hansen when he flew a CF-18 Royal Canadian Air Force fighter jet during a demonstration at an airshow I was producing at the time; this was just before he became an astronaut. As for watches Colonel Hansen wears? Much of the time an Apple Watch is seen on his wrist but an X-33 appears to been seen on his wrist too.

Colonel Hansen
Colonel Hansen and his "ground crew"

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