If you are reading this, you have become a member of the Dead Seconds Society. Before engaging with your fellow members or take part in your first meeting, please read our Guidelines carefully... and real slow.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the DSS Galaxy
10 + 1 rules to survive in a WIS universe:
1. The Dead Seconds Society is all about friends, the world of mechanical watches and the will to share that collective passion.
2. All tough founded in Lisbon, the Society is an international organisation with members located in all four corners of the watch world. Even Switzerland… go figure.
3. Meetings or Gatherings always take place in a secret hideaway on the last Friday of each month. We call it #DEADfriday and its a blast! The location of each meeting is only disclosed to members two days before by email, private message or through a notification via our app. Its like a limited edition… you hope only you will know about it.
4. You are not allowed to share the location of meetings with non-members and please, do not publicly GeoTag the location of meetings on social media unless you want a flock of screaming teenage girls coming after your "Pepsi".
5. All tough the Society encourages new members, do not bring them along without consulting us first. The aspiring member must first submit his application through our website and fully consent to horological torture.
6. Unless stated otherwise, the Society usually meets in public places where food and beverages are available. Each member is responsible for his expenses, no matter how afraid he is to get back home to his wife or husband with yet another new watch. Friends, nevertheless, are free to finance drinks to appease the discomfort.
7. During each €DSSfriday session or other similar events, photos or videos can only be made with the strict consent of the ones involved. We encourage not to include faces for security reasons. Wrist shots are quite more appealing than the frump one makes when discussing discounts with friends.
8. The Society is all about sharing timekeepers, so please consider that you take full liability for your own property and should keep an eye on the watches you bring to each meeting. You should not expect to abandon that "Sky Moon" on the table and get away with it. You should be aware at all times that the Society, or its representatives, do not accept any responsibility for any lost or stolen property.
9. Fellow members will gladly give you access (and even some wrist time) to his personal watches. Please treat each watch with the utmost care, as it was your own and remember: that overused Comex you just had on your wrist, the one that dived in the 7 seas over the last 5 decades? It didn't have a scratch on it!
10. Some of the members may be professionals of the industry or dealers in vintage or second-hand watches. They attend the meeting because first and foremost they have a passion for watches. Dealing during the meetings is therefore strictly forbidden. Non-compliance with this rule will see the member publicly stripped of his entire collection and flogged with the barrel spring of a Lange 31.
Finally, what happens in a Meeting (or Gathering...), stays in the Meeting... and please... consider our last and most important rule (yes, the +1):
You never actually own a membership.
You merely look after it for the next meeting.