Meet Our Friends: Fourtané

May 30, 2013 — Correspondence, Culture, Meet Our Friends

The age at which a watch becomes "vintage" typically refers to watches that are thirty years old. It also includes models that are discontinued, have unique features, special identities or are otherwise unusual in some way. While there are many pre-owned Rolex watches for sale on various retail sites, the collection Fourtané offers is focused on the truly rare, limited and collectable models. There are very few of these special pieces and the demand for them is growing rapidly, so Fourtané goes to great lengths to secure a rare watch when it becomes available. They once flew to Mexico City and stayed less than three hours to buy a rare 1950s Turn-O-Graph.

Fourtané services Rolex watches, but never restore them by altering or refinishing any of the original components. Any restoration or refinishing of the dial or replacing of visible components can dramatically lower the value and desirability of most collectable Rolex watches. When your watch is serviced, a Fourtané watchmaker will completely disassemble the movement, thoroughly clean the case and inspect each part before lubricating and reassembling all of the components. The watch is then pressure-tested to insure that it is waterproof and monitored for several days to be certain it is in working order.

Fourtané has had the good fortune to own some of the rarest Rolexes on the market, but our favorite from their collection are two watches that were owned by Steve McQueen. The first McQueen watch is one of the four Tag Heuer Monacos that were used in the movie Le Mans, which Fourtané bought at an auction in 2009. The other is a watch that Steve McQueen had presented as a gift to Bud Ekins, his stunt double. McQueen acquired it from a doctor who "threw it in" as part of a deal to purchase his motorcycle.

We are proud to be carrying these one-of-a-kind watches and look forward to growing our friendship and partnership with Fourtané. Stop by the shop and take a look at these beautiful pieces of menswear history.