Finders Keepers: Jacek’s Blueberry GMT

“Finders Keepers” is all about showing you a side of watch dealers you rarely see: The watches they aren’t trying to sell you. Those special timepieces they’ve come across that have a sentimental value far exceeding their market value. Jacek Kozubek from H.Q. Milton needs no introduction. If you’re a watch dork and into vintage…

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…

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…

Finders Keepers: Justin’s Vintage Carrera

“Finders Keepers” is all about showing you a side of watch dealers you rarely see: The watches they aren’t trying to sell you. Those special timepieces they’ve come across that have a sentimental value far exceeding their market value. Justin’s pieces are perennial favorites on the red carpet of watches appearing on Hodinkee’s “Bring A Loupe.” He has an uncanny…

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.…

Up For Grabs: Original-Owner ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona

Twice a year I really-look forward to the Fine Timepieces auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. THIS Monday, April 20th, the wait is no more. At their Chicago-based office the hammer will come down on sixty-nine lots, including one very-important wristwatch featured here. The auction house has been a Chicago institution for over thirty-years. They have a wealth of experience dealing in all major categories of collectible…

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…

Father Time: David’s Vintage LeCoultre

Let me begin by telling you what David told me: “I’m not a watch guy…I’m a car guy.” You’re more likely to find him glued to a flat-screen watching the world-famous Mecum Automobile Auction than catch him awestruck by someone’s wristwatch. Growing up, David was his Dad’s ‘partner in crime’ whenever it was time to…