Like Father, Like Daughter…

Being new to watches, especially wearing a substantial men’s watch, Darcy’s first impression was that “wearing a watch is a funny thing, it’s such a commitment, it’s such a serious piece of equipment and with the cellphones a lot of people just don’t want to wear watches anymore.”

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.”

Desk Diving: Joe’s Tudor Lollipop 

This was Joe’s first suit and tie job, so he went out and bought a whole new wardrobe. He shared his new opportunity with his Mom – who felt her son needed a watch to complete his “dress for success” look. So she decided to give Joe his dad’s Tudor, which she had kept in safety deposit box for over a decade…

Midas Touch: Dick’s 18 ct Gold Sub

“I wanted a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Chronometer that was made from my own gold: gold that I scratched from Mother Earth with my own two hands. A one and only – a special special – a Dick Anderson model, if you will.”

Search and Rescue: John’s 5513 Sub

Before John left the U.S. Coast Guard and entered civilian life, his final assignment was as a duty officer, standing 12-hour shifts at the Coast Guard Rescue Center in Long Beach, CA. He wore his Submariner daily until the band broke sometime in early 1975. At that point John said he “tossed it into a desk drawer, where it remained for the next 36 years…”

Gift of a Lifetime: Andrew’s Vintage Sub

“I’d love nothing more than to pass it on to you…” Edwin’s words took Andrew completely by surprise; the two had only known each other for a short time – they belonged to the same church – and after all, they had only talked about watches once… So it might seem strange – or rather, the stuff watch dreams are made of – that Andrew, all of a sudden, came to inherit this watch…

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…

Computer Love: Jason’s Data-2000

When he’s not geeking out over car design or adding to his eclectic watch collection, Jason stays busy running the company he co-founded fifteen years ago. What started off as a web-design firm called 37signals, is now Basecamp – renamed after their popular project management software. I’ve been fortunate to hang out with Jason on a few occasions… The story below is a glimpse of the Jason…

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…

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.…

Seeing is Believing: Eric’s Tissot

Eric always wears a watch: At the gym, on the running path, and especially in the office. Last summer, when the crystal cracked on his ‘work’ watch – a Hugo Boss model – he decided to forego repairing it and instead just buy a brand-new timepiece. Around this time, Eric’s plate was pretty full: He’s an…

A Watch With ‘Sole’ : Steven’s Turn-O-Graph

Last month, while on vacation in New York City, my wife and I dropped by Leffot – completely unannounced – so I could introduce myself to owner Steven Taffel – someone I had never emailed or spoken to before, let alone met. Leffot is a men’s shoe boutique located in the West Village. They offer the…

All In The Family: Arlington’s DeepSea

It’s only fitting the story behind Arlington’s DeepSea begins with a brief story about a Submariner. But not just any Submariner, THE Submariner. Yes, I’m talking about the no crown guard variety worn by a certain British Special Agent who always got the bad guy AND the girl. Arlington was a teenager back in the…

Hard To Say Goodbye: Bill’s Rolex Submariner

One theme I’ll never get tired of chronicling is a new watch commemorating an occasion in someone’s life. This was the case 22 years ago when Bill chose a Two-Tone Rolex Submariner to mark earning his MBA. Anchoring the tug toward buying a Submariner were two of his friends: one had a Stainless-Steel version, the…