A Patek Passed Down…

Watch Patina looks for stories that have the power to restore faith in traditional values of watch ownership or collecting, like passing down a watch. And what better example is there to remind us of the way things used to be than a vintage Patek Philippe recently inherited by the grandson of the owner…

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

In Patek He Trusts: Alex’s Nautilus

Any true watch lover would agree that along with death and taxes, the only other certainty in life is that a Patek Philippe will appreciate in value. For this reason – and countless others – owning a timepiece from this esteemed brand is an aspiration for most, if not all, watch collectors. A Patek Philippe can enter…