My Winter Watch: Rolex Explorer II

Earlier this year I made the decision to only wear my Explorer II during the wintertime. Never once throughout the spring or summer did I get the urge to wind it, set the time (and date) and sport it out the house. Only now – at the end of October – am I ready to slip it back on…

Family Business On Cruise Control

Jason and Mike didn’t grow up intending to carry on the business their dad started. But in 2010, when their dad passed away, they felt compelled to put their careers on hold and take the wheel of Albany Auto, Inc. The brothers have a pride in ownership, including exceeding customer’s expectations, that has kept the garage thriving – and would make their dad proud…

Letter from the Editor

Before we know it we’ll have two years in the game. We’d never have come this far without the brave souls who agreed to be interviewed, the horophiles who can’t get enough or without our contributors who graciously offer their talent. Thank you to everyone for supporting Watch Patina in your own way…

“Uber”-cool Speedy Moonwatch

I was so high on watches I actually started talking up our Uber driver about his watch – a battery-powered Seiko. Next thing I know he blurts out, “I also have the Moonwatch with a black dial and a tachymetre bezel…”

Travel Essential: Oak & Oscar Sandford

On an early bird Amtrak train from Washington, DC to New York I sat across from Chase and chatted with him about the newest member of the Oak & Oscar family – the Sandford. As we sipped lukewarm McDonald’s coffee and watched landscapes and cityscapes whiz by, Chase opened up to me about the journey he’s been on and the dream he’s living right now.

Dream Daytonas – Then and Now 

When one of your friends is nice enough to hand over the keys to his new stainless and ceramic Daytona, you jump at the chance to take it out for a test drive. And where does one go with arguably the most enviable Daytona of the moment on his wrist? How about to a friend’s apartment who has a mint condition vintage Daytona parked in his garage…

A Patek Passed Down…

Watch Patina looks for stories that have the power to restore faith in traditional values of watch ownership or collecting, like passing down a watch. And what better example is there to remind us of the way things used to be than a vintage Patek Philippe recently inherited by the grandson of the owner…

Small Fish in a Big Pond

The elders of this hobby would probably advise me to buy a 60s Seamaster with a bakelite bezel. But is that what I really want? Vintage watches are nice, but I can’t so easily dismiss modern watches, especially those from the 90s…

My Grail Watch Finds Its Way Home

The “Nina Rindt” Compax was, simply put, the most beautiful chronograph that I had ever laid eyes on. It had become the grail watch for me and I began the nightly task of diving deep into the Interwebs to find one. But after a few months of feverishly searching, I became resigned to my fate and refocused on other watch types, brands, and references. My desire for the Nina Rindt Compax began to shift from “I MUST HAVE IT!” to “well, there are other fish in the sea…”

Like Father, Like Daughter…

Being new to watches, especially wearing a substantial men’s watch, Darcy’s first impression was that “wearing a watch is a funny thing, it’s such a commitment, it’s such a serious piece of equipment and with the cellphones a lot of people just don’t want to wear watches anymore.”

Two-Person Round Table: Auction Antics

I have no interest whatsoever looking at the catalogues put out by auction houses leading up to their high-profile timepieces sales. And I don’t find the bidding wars or eventual hammer prices for said watches amusing. In fact, when I see a post on Instagram related to a watch on the block, I usually scroll right past it…

Photo Report: RedBar Chicago

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for reminiscing and documenting backstories. The pictures in this post do just that. They were taken by various members of the Commonwealth Crew over the past (almost) two years. Some were shot with cameras, but most with just a cameraphone. But what they all have in common is they were all shot in the presence of friends and all “for the love of Horology.”

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

You don’t just wake up one day and start blogging about watches. To embark on a mission of this sort, which requires persevering through writer’s block and mustering the courage to opine on the watch industry – the subject matter has to be dear to you…

Risk/Reward of Buying a Tiffany Daytona

“I had never spent that much before and didn’t know the nuances of the model. Plus, this being a Tiffany Daytona – for $7K – reeked of being “too good to be true.” I mean you can’t even get a modern Daytona for that price. I went in highly suspicious – my fugazi/frankenwatch antennae were on high alert…”