About Me...

I started paying attention to watches in the mid-90s (friends of Mom and I wore his & hers solid gold Rolexes). Then in high school my interest was further piqued... This time thanks to a teacher who had a white dial, Zenith Daytona - crazy right? So you bet when I got my first job, working at a grocery store, I socked away my minimum wage paychecks to get a Rolex of my own. In 1998, on a class trip to Paris, I bought one... 

That Rolex - my first - was a stainless steel Datejust. I wore it through thick and thin for 10+ years. Then in 2009, a few years after my then girlfriend and I moved to Chicago, I purchased my second Rolex. Again, I wore my latest and greatest - an Explorer II - proudly, pretty much every day. Only in the last year or so have I begun to collect watches as opposed to treating myself once a decade.

 
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Since becoming a Chicagoan, previously a New Englander, I've married that girl who moved with me to the Windy City - and most recently - became a dad. I don't know if our son will inherit my watch gene... But if he does, I'll definitely have a few for him to inherit... 

About Watch Patina...

 
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In my line of work I interact with the public. As a watch nerd, I'm constantly spying people's wrists. I've gotten good at not being too obvious - or creepy. Nothing gets me more excited (and distracts me from doing my job) than bumping into someone wearing a vintage watch they've owned since new. Usually I'm able to strike up a conversation and they're kind enough to take off their watch so I can check it out, including  snapping a pic. Unfortunately my coworkers aren't watch obsessed (in the least) to fully appreciate a recounting of my encounter. Lucky for me I have more than a few watch nut buddies I can text message about my brushes with killer timepieces.

 

 
 

Hearing people share their personal accounts of watch ownership partly inspired me to start Watch Patina. In January 2015 I started interviewing people about their relationship with watches, which I still do today (when I can find the time between daddy duty). Usually we meet at a coffee shop, me with my camera in tow, the subject with their watch, and of course, a story to tell... I furiously jot down notes as they answer my questions. Eventually I transcribe my chicken scratch into an article. Writing about how a prized collection came to be or what an inherited watch means to someone is a side of watches not covered enough by the watch press (in my opinion). I hope to meet more people willing to share their watch story with me, so I can share it with you...

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