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…

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…”

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.”

A little Heuer History…

“…get ready for a sequel to Baselworld in the form of advertisements to further promote the latest marvels of horology – on the pages of magazines, banners on websites and maybe even stretched across highway billboards. With this in mind, I wanted to take a look at original advertising for two watches that – at one time – were new to the market: Heuer’s Autavia and Carrera chronographs.”

Manual Drive: Andrew and Astor & Banks

Andrew will tell you, “I’m married, I have a baby… you have to go [to watchmaking school] for two years straight, and I don’t have that option.” But with Andrew, if there’s a will, there’s a way. And he found such a way to pursue his curiosity about watch movements – and assembly – all while keeping his day job, and never enrolling in a formal horology curriculum. His resourcefulness turned into a watch company, Chicago-based Astor & Banks.

Finders Keepers: Justin’s Vintage Carrera

“Finders Keepers” is all about showing you a side of watch dealers you rarely see: The watches they aren’t trying to sell you. Those special timepieces they’ve come across that have a sentimental value far exceeding their market value. Justin’s pieces are perennial favorites on the red carpet of watches appearing on Hodinkee’s “Bring A Loupe.” He has an uncanny…