“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…”

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.”

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…

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…