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A Visit to Fourtane with Eric Ku (Vintage Rolex Galore!)

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During my time in Monterey I met up with Eric Ku at Fourtane in Carmel to take a look at some of the finest vintage Rolex pieces you are likely to ever see!

 

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Starting off with one of my personal favorite watches, a great example of the famous ‘Bakelite’ bezel GMT Master.

 

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Looks like a normal Exporer right?

 

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Not so! This is actually a demo/display model, as you can see above there is nothing but wood inside!

 

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For those who don’t know, the Tru Beat model Rolexes tick just once per second, like a quartz watch. It was created for medical professionals to help read pulsations. This particular Tru Beat is especially unique as it has a Tiffany & Co signed dial.

 

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Another famous vintage Rolex, the Milsub.

 

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This Explorer is fully functional (I promise!).

 

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A UAE dial with a blue bezel makes a very rare combination for this GMT.

 

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One of the most famous Rolexes, the James Bond gilt dial Sub worn by Mr.Ku himself.

 

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Seeing just one Paul Newman Daytona is pretty special, seeing 4 in different configurations is something else entirely!

 

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The one appropriately paired with an Aviator style bund strap was actually a watch issued by the Peruvian airforce, as you can see above.

 

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This beautiful pre-Daytona chronograph has unusual factory-original black hands.

 

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That’s not a Rolex! Well, it kind of is. As I’m sure many of you know, the earliest Panerais, like this one, had Rolex movements within.

 

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A giant thanks to Eric Ku and Fourtane for the wonderful opportunity! Check out Eric’s site 10pastten.com

 

Words and images by Otis Blank

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