One of the longest and most sustained watch ‘trends’ in recent times is that of vintage and retro styled pieces. In fact, you could argue that it’s now a bona fide category in its own right. And underlying this entire movement is the concept of patina. Sure, retro design plays a part, but the real charm is in those faded paints and the kind of look that only comes from a long life well lived …* Patina is even more important in the secondary market — particularly the high-end auction space, where ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ patina on the right watch reference can make a massive difference in the number of zeros in the final hammer price.* Suffice to say it matters, but patina is also an incredibly vague catch-all term, used and abused by enthusiasts and opportunistic dealers alike. Which is why this long and very informative read from Gear Patrol on the rise of patina is such a helpful article. *Definitely worth a read. Something you can do at Gear Patrol.

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