The luxury fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date GMT-Master ‘Pepsi’ ref. 1675 stainless steel gentleman’s bracelet watch, circa 1968, serial no. 1870xxx, ‘Pepsi’ bezel insert, ‘Swiss -T<25’ black dial with twenty-four hour hand, dot markers, Mercedes style hands, sweep centre seconds and date aperture, cal. 1570 26 jewel movement, no. D167xxx, expanding bracelet, the inside case back stamped ‘1675’ and dated ‘I.68’, bezel 40mm diameter.
Sold with the original box, guarantee booklet and chronometer certificate, high quality Rolex service receipt for 1989, and tag.
Watch belonged to Commander John R Carr, who was born in 1912 in Patagonia. Following the death of his father John returned to Britain and served at the Dartmouth Naval College. He served the navy during the war, rising to the rank of Commander, and retired in 1962. He then went to work for Shell in Europe as Superintendent of Diving, and was the project director of an international group investigating the effect of mixed gas diving on the ability of men to work at great depths, called Capshell. It was a collaboration of the Italian, US and British Navies, Shell and Italian diving firm Micoperi. This project was at the forefront of modern oceanography and paved the way for the oil industry to work in the deep sea. The medical side of the research took place in Zurich and after the project was finished John was gifted this Rolex GMT-Master copy with blue and red bezel from the team. He passed away in 2001.