When Jenn told me she had her dad’s GMT I immediately picked up on her affection for it. And not because it has a sun bleached, naturally faded “Pepsi” insert. She’s fond of it because it’s a part of her dad, the most important man in the world to her, who passed away six years ago.
Before John left the U.S. Coast Guard and entered civilian life, his final assignment was as a duty officer, standing 12-hour shifts at the Coast Guard Rescue Center in Long Beach, CA. He wore his Submariner daily until the band broke sometime in early 1975. At that point John said he “tossed it into a desk drawer, where it remained for the next 36 years…”