My Grail Watch Finds Its Way Home

The “Nina Rindt” Compax was, simply put, the most beautiful chronograph that I had ever laid eyes on. It had become the grail watch for me and I began the nightly task of diving deep into the Interwebs to find one. But after a few months of feverishly searching, I became resigned to my fate and refocused on other watch types, brands, and references. My desire for the Nina Rindt Compax began to shift from “I MUST HAVE IT!” to “well, there are other fish in the sea…”

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.”

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…