Reef’s ’63 Rolex Le Mans

If it hasn’t already sunk in, it will soon, that Reef’s Rolex is a special one. And for me, its incredibleness goes beyond the fact that it’s the first Daytona. It’s the story behind how it was found, and how Reef came to own it, that make this Cosmograph extra sweet…

Salvaged Diver: Matt’s Doxa T. Graph

When he finally dredged the Doxa from the heap, it was clearly a pearl of a watch, appearing to be totally honest. It looked exactly how an almost 50-year-old dive watch is supposed to look: a marked-up case, chewed up bezel, heavily scratched crystal and a bit of wabi-sabi on the hands.

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…

An Honest Watch: Jenn’s Dad’s GMT

When Jenn told me she had her dad’s GMT I immediately picked up on her affection for it. And not because it has a sun bleached, naturally faded “Pepsi” insert. She’s fond of it because it’s a part of her dad, the most important man in the world to her, who passed away six years ago.

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…

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.”