Winning Bid: Leslie Hindman Fine Timepieces

Over the past three years Leslie Hindman has grown the fine timepieces arm of their business by separating watches from their jewelry sales. Traditionally they hold two Fine Timepiece auctions a year. The response to timepieces-only auctions, from both existing and new clients, has been overwhelming. So much so that this year they’re having a third sale, which is happening next week, on Monday December 7th.

Stamp of Approval: Andrew’s Serpico Y Laino

In 1966, Serpico Y Laino, a family jeweler considered the “Tiffany & Co.” of Venezuela, closed up shop; the final straw being kidnapping attempts on members of their family and a bomb detonating at one of their store locations. Click-through to read how this ref. 1601 Datejust made it out unscathed and eventually onto Andrew’s wrist…

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.

Hard Work Paid Off: Andrew’s JLC

The feature you’re about to read wasn’t written by me (Nick). The words are by new contributor Andrew Lim, a budding fine timepiece collector who hails from Down Under, but now lives in Chicago. As the inaugural year of Watch Patina winds down, and I anticipate what’s in store for 2016, l’m excited at the possibility of having…

New Watch Alert: Oak & Oscar Burnham

You may have noticed a new watch taking over Instagram of late; and I don’t mean Tudor’s recent homage to their Only Watch offering – the Heritage Black Bay Black. I’m talking about the Oak & Oscar Burnham, which since May has been trending under the hashtags #oakandoscar, #theburnham, and #makenolittleplans. Click any one of…

Change Course: Charlie’s Daytona

This story has come full circle… I first met Charlie over a year ago; he was a customer where I work. Now besides being pretty good at my job, I do a bang up job identifying the watches my customers wear – especially if they’re wearing a Rolex. When I caught a glimpse of the…

Finders Keepers: Jacek’s Blueberry GMT

“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. Jacek Kozubek from H.Q. Milton needs no introduction. If you’re a watch dork and into vintage…

Rob’s Mission: Land an “Ed White” Speedy

Amidst the donated wares, on the floor no less, Rob noticed a handful of watches strapped around a tube-like fixture. Squinting through the glass to try and make out the models, he saw mostly small antique timepieces… until his scan locked in on the last watch, which had him doing a double-take, and then a triple take…

Computer Love: Jason’s Data-2000

When he’s not geeking out over car design or adding to his eclectic watch collection, Jason stays busy running the company he co-founded fifteen years ago. What started off as a web-design firm called 37signals, is now Basecamp – renamed after their popular project management software. I’ve been fortunate to hang out with Jason on a few occasions… The story below is a glimpse of the Jason…

On His “A” Game: Bill’s Royal Oak 5402

If you’re a regular Watch Patina reader, then you remember last month’s story about Josh’s 40th Anniversary Royal Oak. Up this week is Bill, and he’s brought along the original Royal Oak “Jumbo,” arguably one of the Seven Wonders of the Watch World. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Bill’s also sharing three Universal Genève Compaxes…

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…

Impeccable Timing: Josh’s Royal Oak

Is one of the first things you notice about people the watch on their wrist? Do you get as excited for a new episode of HODINKEE’s “Talking Watches” as you do about a three-day weekend? These are some telltale symptoms of “watch fever.” And believe me…once diagnosed with a case, it’s impossible to shake it. Josh — better…

Ciao Bella: Kevin’s Mare Nostrum

When I wrap-up an interview with a collector, I almost always find myself wanting the watch we just talked about – or at least something from the brand. The timepieces are fantastic enough in their own right to get my attention – Patek Philippe Nautilus, DOXA SUB 300T – but it’s the collector’s enthusiasm for…

Along For The “Journe”y: Osama et Franҫois-Paul

What I enjoy most about watchpatina.com is the first stage of the creative process: Meeting with someone and their favorite watch. There’s nothing more pleasurable than sitting back – listening to their story – and jotting down some notes. To me, an online review or coffee table book only scratch the surface when it comes…

Strength in #s: Mike’s NATO

Usually watchpatina.com features stories behind watches. This time around the story is about a strap. Specifically, that pink-striped NATO strap you’ve been seeing everywhere on Instagram – and for good reason: 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But just as important as raising money to find a cure, by…