Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch with time zones indication GMT-Master, Ref:1675, Serial No.3386***, Circa 1971
Lot 281
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch with time zone indication GMT-Master, Ref:1675, Serial No.3386***, Circa 1971
Sold for £3,000 (US$ 4,815) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch with time zones indication GMT-Master, Ref:1675, Serial No.3386***, Circa 1971
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch with time zone indication
GMT-Master, Ref:1675, Serial No.3386***, Circa 1971
25-jewel Cal.1530 automatic movement, matt black dial with luminous printed dot hour markers, outer printed five minute divisions, luminous filled Mercedes hands, red luminous tipped second time zone hand, brushed and polished steel case with blue and red rotating 'Pepsi' calibrated bezel, screw on back with November 1971 stamp, screw Oyster shouldered crown, later fitted Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding locking clasp, case, dial and movement signed
38mm.

Footnotes

  • This watch belonged from new to John 'Slim' MacDonnell (1940-2012), a pioneer cameraman who imaginatively adapted miniature lightweight cameras to film in awkward and sometimes dangerous environments. And he wore this watch throughout his many varied assignments

    He loved a challenge and he was fortunate to have worked with Richard Branson on his balloon adventures, with Steve Fosset, and with Formula one, each job testing his skills to the limit for building tiny cameras. Physically adventurous, he flew both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft, worked as a deep sea diver and parachuted out of planes. He once reputedly flew a small aircraft beneath the span of London bridge.

    He was also involved in films such as James Bond's 'Octopussy,' and underwater sequences in 'Tarka the Otter,' but his real passion was for deep sea diving. He filmed numerous wrecks across the world, including the famous Collossus wreck, which sank off the Isles of Scilly in 1798. She contained William Hamilton's priceless collection of Etruscan vases and paintings. This was possibly Slim's proudest achievement and his ashes have been scattered over the wreck.
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