For our own amusement, and because this is what we do for a living, we recently made a list of every important replica watch nickname in existence (we stopped at 60, though we could have kept going). Then we debated and ranked our favorites, based on each name’s originality, how well it captures the spirit of the watch, and how widely used it’s become. And now, we bring our dozen favorites to you.
- Pussy Galore
The reference 6542 has a lot going for it. For one, it’s Rolex’s first-ever GMT. Second, this first Rolex GMT-Master ref.6542 replica with steel bracelet has the infamous bakelite bezel known for its fragility and very minor radioactivity. And finally, it has a nickname that’s impossible to forget: “Pussy Galore,” the watch famously worn by the late Honor Blackman in her role as a villain in one of my personal favorite James Bond films, Goldfinger. (It’s the one where Shirley Eaton is murdered via gold body paint). Galore is Goldfinger’s personal pilot (hence the 6542). She meets Bond and rebuffs his advances, but is ultimately seduced by him – all while wearing this badass watch.
The Pussy Galore is one of the few watches named after a woman. The only other example I can think of is the Nina Rindt…that is until the “Cara” catches on.
Take one look at the red-and-blue color scheme on the Swiss movement copy Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II, and you’ll know why it’s called the “Pepsi” – though it’s worth remembering that the original inspiration came from yet another company, Pan American Airways, as the watch was originally made for Pan Am pilots. Pan Am collapsed in 1991, and Pepsi has been using red and blue in its logo since the 1950s, so the soft-drink firm made a natural reference point in replacement.
In a funny way, the blue and red bezel Rolex GMT-Master II fake watch marks an early example of two mega-brands coming together for a collaboration, however unofficial this one may be. Pepsi currently ranks no. 36 on the Forbes Most Valuable Brands list, with Rolex at no. 80. The omnipresence of both of these brands makes the cross-recognition easy and has allowed the nickname to transcend niche watch collecting circles into the world at large. It’s an obvious nickname, and that’s refreshing.