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…

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…

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.”

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…”

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…

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…

Up For Grabs: Original-Owner ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona

Twice a year I really-look forward to the Fine Timepieces auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. THIS Monday, April 20th, the wait is no more. At their Chicago-based office the hammer will come down on sixty-nine lots, including one very-important wristwatch featured here. The auction house has been a Chicago institution for over thirty-years. They have a wealth of experience dealing in all major categories of collectible…