@Highsnobiety: Grey and Patina's Curtis Chen has been collecting watches for almost a decade. Here Chen walks us through some of his favorite Rolex and OMEGA watches, particularly those from the '60s and '70s. Find out why those years were so special above.


Grey and Patina; 

I am often left in awe at how something so cold and sterile by definition can illicit feelings of such nostalgia and warmth. My passion for machines that I ride and wear, have taken me far away from home. And yet, I'm reminded of a familiar feeling whenever I'm winding the crown or twisting the throttle. 

These companions of mine have lead me searching for these tools from my backyard on the Coast of California to as remote as Kyoto Japan and beyond. Each item, whether 50 or 5 years old tells a story and has covered long distances to perhaps one day accompany you on your own journey. 

Emerson once said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." To our journey and adventures to come, and the Legacy we will leave behind.



Curtis Chen 

Founder - Principal of Grey & Patina