A Visit to Fourtane with Eric Ku (Vintage Rolex Galore!)
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!
Starting off with one of my personal favorite watches, a great example of the famous ‘Bakelite’ bezel GMT Master.
Looks like a normal Exporer right?
Not so! This is actually a demo/display model, as you can see above there is nothing but wood inside!
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.
Another famous vintage Rolex, the Milsub.
This Explorer is fully functional (I promise!).
A UAE dial with a blue bezel makes a very rare combination for this GMT.
One of the most famous Rolexes, the James Bond gilt dial Sub worn by Mr.Ku himself.
Seeing just one Paul Newman Daytona is pretty special, seeing 4 in different configurations is something else entirely!
The one appropriately paired with an Aviator style bund strap was actually a watch issued by the Peruvian airforce, as you can see above.
This beautiful pre-Daytona chronograph has unusual factory-original black hands.
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.
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