Sunday, fun day
Last weekend was one of the last times all Dutch people saw a belated summer sun. Some people went out for a bike trip, some went for a drink and others.. well they got in their car at 9am on Sunday morning for a trip back in time.
Houten, the place to be
We went to the ‘Rikketik’ event in Houten, somewhere in the middle of the Netherlands. For us a place we heard of, for you maybe a place you will never ever visit. However, we have to admit there were a few great timepieces for sale right there. Being an event available for everything that has to do with time, it was mostly dominated by clocks so beautiful we didn’t take a picture of them – a matter of taste, we guess?
At the 11am in the morning after starting with a cup of coffee – don’t forget it’s a Sunday morning and Saturdays are for drinks and late nights – we took a stroll down timepiece timeline. Of course you cannot compare this event to BaselWorld, but it’s nice for someone who’s watch minded. Walking across the various tables, we slowly started a list of common brands; Rolex, IWC, Tudor, Omega, Zenith they were all there. You could wish for a very rare Rolex or IWC, but then you would be disappointed, again this isn’t your famous world event.
Seeing various vintage timepieces you understand why some people only want to buy watches from certain periods of the 20th century. There’s a feeling with these watches you won’t find with modern-day models. These watches aren’t fragile, they feel warm and they give you the idea of being invincible. We found our favourite stand in the middle of the hall. Two boys dressed in 50’s clothes with a spot very different from the rest. These gentlemen were the owners of Holthinrichs Watches. While most of the collectors and merchants had a rather stuffed table without any organisation, these boys had their table well thought through. Two small towers of plastic boxes filled with vintage timepieces of Tissot, Junghans and LIP and in the middle a small piece of wood displaying some watches. A nice conversation revealed that these two gentlemen were great collectors and had a lot of knowledge about vintage timepieces. They had a glass bell standing at their table with a few parts of a watch on display. When asking about this specific item, they told us they were in the middle of creating their own watch.
After meeting these two men and chitchatting with them, we took a few pictures and went on. It was a nice Sunday morning, but to be honest a true enthusiast wouldn’t be bothered about this event. Of course we had our fair share of nice subs and a lot of Speedmasters, but there’s more in watch world what deserves our attention. On the other hand, a true lover appreciates both small and big events. We give you a nice little look behind the scenes of our little Dutch watch events, because that’s what we do. Talk about watches!