Half of the fun of collecting watches is getting together with like-minded watch-heads and nerding out over, well, watches. Last time we spoke to OT (Instagram’s @ranxoren), he joined us on The Worn & Wound Podcast to discuss the idea of community building around watches. Since that conversation, OT has launched Watch the Bay, a formal meetup group for Bay Area watch-heads. We checked in with OT to learn more about the initiative, why he felt it was necessary to formalize these get-togethers, and what steps others can take if they’re in interested in doing something similar in their area.
Q: Last time we talked, you joined us on the podcast to discuss watch collecting and community building among watch collectors. Since then, you’ve launched Watch The Bay (WTB), a formal, SF-based meetup group for watch-heads. Tell us a little bit more about WTB, and why you felt the need to formalize these meetups.
A: First off, thanks for having me again and letting me chat a bit about WTB. The catalyst for formalizing WTB was around my desire to provide people with a one-stop shop for watch community meetups that are accessible to Bay Area watch enthusiasts and collectors. This also led to creating a dedicated website and Instagram account so members and interested parties could stay updated on upcoming events.
Q: Did you find that formalizing these meetups allows for more consistency, both in the frequency of the events that you put together and the attendance from members?
A: Absolutely! Not only did it allow for a centralized medium to communicate and host information about the meetups for existing members, but it also made it easier for new members to find everything they needed. Attendance definitely grew after everything was formalized. In terms of frequency, I’ve always aimed for once a month, but we sometimes get a few exciting opportunities that come in all at once. It was a busy November!