So we're in Carmel for a long weekend, trying to beat the Valentine's weekend rush by celebrating a week early. On my way down Ocean Ave, disappointed that Lussori moved up to Los Altos and wondering if any watch place was open, I see a sign "Estate Jewelry and Watches" or something, so we go in with some hopes of seeing something interesting.
My first impression isn't good, nothing but Rolex, lots of them for sure, but nothing but new Rolex. They seem to have practically every current model on display; the first time I've seen practically all variations of the Date-Just and Air King on display. And yet more display cases of nothing but Rolex, this shop has more Rolex's than the mega shops in Vegas. But they're all new, from the current lineup, of which I'm not a huge fan. Near the back, I see a case, half of which is Daytona's of various models with some interesting dial variations. Nice, but I'm really not that into Daytonas.
And then, I go up some stairs into the back alcove and I see a display case full of vintage: Submariners, Sea Dwellers, GMT Masters, and some non-Rolex vintage also. Noticing my sudden increase in interest, a very helpful salesperson, Jennifer, came by to help me and I spent about 20 minutes looking through some of the more interesting (to me) watches. I'll start with the one which was one of the first vintage diving watches to truly catch my eye, back when I started getting interested in watches
A true classic, an original Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, in incredible condition, all original dial and hands, bezel in amazing condition. A bit out of my price range at around 18-20k (don't remember exactly). I do remember that it was running (!) inside of the case:
Next, of definite interest to the MKII community: a gorgeous GMT-Master (no crown guard) in very very good condition. Also in amazing condition, faded aluminum bezel (I think), dial in unbelievably good condition, and small triangle GMT hand. Low 5 figures for this one also.
Next, a pair of beautiful double red Sea Dwellers. One with bracelet and one without. Didn't get any prices for these because I was too busy looking at the next watch.
Next, a beautifully well preserved 5512, pointed crown guards, all original, bezel, dial, and hands in beautiful condition. Similar price to the BP FF, if I recall.
And the pièce de résistance, a gorgeous 6538(?) small crown, in amazing condition; bezel missing the pip, but other than that hands, dial, and bezel all in very very good condition for a watch more than 60 years old. The dial in particular with some staining, but no cracking or pitting and the indices all with an amazing patina but in immaculate condition. Somewhere north of 70k if I recall.
Here it is next to my EZM1 on NATO:
Anyway, there are a few more crappy pictures in the album: fourtaine pictures by enkidu1024 - Photobucket (note I misspelled Fourtane in my album, sigh). If you're a WIS and in Carmel-by-the-Sea you must must must drop by Fourtané, Ocean Ave at Lincoln Street. I think they have a special relationship with Rolex and the watches have been very thoroughly vetted. They're on the web at FOURTANÉ, but most of the true gems seem to be in their showroom. Perhaps someday I'll pick up something from there.