“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…”

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…

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.”

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.

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…

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…

Orange Crush: James’ DOXA

You may not know the name James Lamdin, but I’ll bet you’ve heard of the company he founded: analog/shift. Chances are you’re one of the almost 60K followers of @analogshift on Instagram. Their eclectic mix of fresh-to-market watches offer something for everyone: From off-the-beaten-path, funky 70s chronographs and bygone-era dress timepieces to always-popular Speedys and grail Rolex Sport models.…

Push(er) Present: Chase’s Omega Speedmaster

This past Sunday I heard the unabridged-version of a delightful story about a special Omega Speedmaster worn by Chase Fancher. Besides running his new-on-the-scene watch company Oak and Oscar – and being a Dad to a one-year old – he’s one of the founders of the #CommonwealthCrew: The Chicago chapter of New York City’s eminent…