The vintage Rolex world is dark. It is mired in secrecy and controversy, and at any given time, the number of real, correct watches are dwarfed and obscured by the totemic maelstrom of fake, forged or frakened watches. And in this world, one man named Eric Ku has been like Prometheus, taking a universe that was once plagued by nebulousness and opacity, and bringing transparency to its farthest reaches. Yes, he is a watch dealer and very possibly the world’s most successful vintage Rolex dealer, but Ku has always been distinguished by the fact that he not only felt that transparency and sharing knowledge could go hand in hand with selling watches, but they could also help to grow and ensure the long-term viability of vintage-watch culture. In 2013, he put his money where his mouth is and took over the world’s greatest educational resource on vintage Rolexes, the efficiently, if not imaginatively, named Vintage Rolex Forum. Since then, it has become one of the best level playing fields, allowing every person from the most mature collector to the novice access to the most obscure facts and vigilant verification by educated, informed minds related to watches they might own or might be considering purchasing.
Eric Ku is one of the very few (and I mean very few) individuals in the vintage-watch world that I would personally go out on a limb recommending as one of the best sources for absolutely, irrefutably correct vintage timepieces. I would urge anyone even considering the purchase of a vintage Rolex to first visit Ku’s website, 10PastTen.com. In an exclusive interview with Revolution, I asked Ku in his capacity as the vintage Rolex world’s light-bringer to dispel the rumors, miasmic haze and bullshit related to the incredible Paul Newman Daytona and give us the truth straighter than ever before. Here is our conversation. I hope you enjoy it.