American Made: Thomas of Crown & Buckle

Thomas Lathrop, founder of Crown & Buckle, has played a major role in ushering in the NATO revolution. This is the story behind Crown & Buckle; how the idea came about, how the company got off the ground, and how Thomas’ effort – with the support of his family, friends, and the watch community – has made Crown & Buckle the industry standard.

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…

Cleared for Takeoff: Marius’ Breitling Navitimer

Most of us have pastimes that help us strike an oh-so-necessary balance with our work responsibilities and family life. Marius has a work hard/play hard lifestyle. His hobbies run the gamut: from building salt-water fish tanks to riding motorcycles and racing sports cars.  So when the weekend rolls around, he’s never at a loss for how to spend his free time. The next hobby he plans to bravely…

All That Glitters IS Gold: Saul’s Big Pilot’s Watch

Most watch lovers would be seriously tempted to trade day jobs with Saul. He works at a prominent watch boutique and spends his day doing what he loves: Educating people about watches. From the very-second a customer walks through the door, his friendly approach and vast knowledge of watches earns their trust – and most…

Lemme Upgrade U: My Wife’s Rolex Explorer I

This story is about a special watch I gave to the love of my life – my wife. We finally said “I Do” about five months ago after being together for nearly ten years. You can bet we know each other pretty-well after dating for so long. She’s well-aware of my obsession with watches and…