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District Time - One Month Away!

It's August 30, and we are just one month away from District Time, the DC Watch Show sponsored by Janis Trading Co. The show will be held at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Chris Vail of Janis Trading Co. shows an NTH at the 2017 event

New Brands and Models

Bill McDowell from McDowell Time, and I have been working hard to make this our best event yet. As we mentioned in the last announcement, we have an impressive list of brands and dealers joining us. Since then, we have had some exciting additions, including the new Italian dive watch brand, Gallio Tempo

Phil Rodenbeck of Visitor Watches tells me he will be bringing a prototype steel bracelet Vale Park Officer, as well as prototypes of the next two watches slated for production: the Linden and the Duneshore Shallows. I got to see these last two a couple years ago, and I was pretty blown away. Having added a Vale Park to my personal collection, I am dying to see how Phil integrated a bracelet into the design. Knowing him, I am quite sure it will be something special.

Benjamin Chee, the owner of Chinese luxury brand Maison Celadon, has pledged to return to the show.  Last year, our show saw the US debut of the magnificent Yue Fei diving watch. This year, he will launch his new brand, Millésime. District Time attendees will be among the very first to see this stunning, ETA automatic dress watch in person.

Millésieme isn't the only new brand to be showcased at the event. Sakab watches will be on display for the first time. Lesablier watches have just come on board and will bring their exciting day/night pilot's watch. Arizona's Fine Time Solutions (FTS) will show American made (yes, American!) quartz movements 

And this just in... Straton will be there with a table full of vintage-inspired racing chronographs.


As in the past, we will end the show with our prize drawings, so even if you didn't buy a watch at the show, or if you ordered one for later delivery, you may still walk out with something new on your wrist

BOLDR will send a prize watch from their incredible line of tool watches. Nodus is sending one of their awesome brown Retrospect watches. Vario has sent a beautiful green dial Eclipse dress watch with the smooth-sweep Seiko VH31 quartz and some of their unique patterned nylon NATO straps. Scuro will give away a dual-crown Bronzo pilot. North Carolina leather worker and strap maker, Choice Cuts Industries has offered a fantastic leather goods prize package of a valet tray, 5-pocket watch roll, and a voucher for custom made straps. I've been a Choice Cuts fan for years now and I'll be jealous of the person who goes home with these.

Of course, if you prefer rubber to leather, that's cool too. The Time Bum doesn't judge, and Isofrane will be on hand to give away some straps. Isofrane's classic 1970's design, vanilla scented rubber, and sturdy Inox buckles are cult items that may well be the finest diving straps you can buy. The only thing better might be getting one for free.

Finally, even if you don't win a watch, you still won't walk away empty handed. Be sure to grab your free magazine at the AboutTime table.

See you there! ⬩

Updated Vendor List [9/23/18]

Lead Sponsor:
  • Janis Trading Co. (NTH and Lew & Huey)
Featured Companies:
  • McDowell Time
  • The Time Bum
Participating Companies:
  • AboutTime Magazine
  • Aquadive
  • Aevig
  • Avi-8
  • Caliper
  • Choice Cuts Ind.
  • Collins
  • DC Vintage Watches
  • Draken
  • FTS
  • Gallio Tempo
  • Hager
  • Holthinrichs
  • Isofrane
  • Lesablier 
  • Little Treasury Jewelers
  • Maison Celadon
  • Millésime
  • Minase
  • Moduco
  • Montfort
  • Nezumi
  • Nodus
  • Ocean Crawler
  • Sakab
  • Sartory-Billard
  • Scuro
  • Seals
  • Straton
  • Tsao
  • Revolo
  • Vario
  • Ventus
  • Visitor
  • Watch Gauge
  • Watch Limit
  • Zelos

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