1958 Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph (Ref. 6609) 18K YG "Thunderbird"
Do you know why the Rolex Turn-O-Graph Datejust has the nickname the "Thunderbird"? The Name Thunderbird comes from the late 1950s, at the dawn of the Jet-Age. The United States Air Force equipped the Thunderbird's aerobatic flight demonstration team with the 18k Rolex Turn-O-Graph watches for navigational timing & calculations. The Rolex Ref. 1625 Tun-O-Graph models worn by the Thunderbirds team members were made from 18K solid yellow gold and featured the Thunderbirds logo at the 6 o'clock position on the dial.
The Rolex Turn-O-Graph is quite an interesting piece due to the fact that it is also alongside the Submariner and GMT one of the first "tool" watches made by Rolex. In fact, the Rolex Turn-O-Graph was first launched by Rolex in 1953 the same year that the Rolex Submariner was introduced, and the GMT was introduced a year later in 1954. The Rolex Turn-O-Graph is considered a tool watch due to the fact that it has a rotating bezel that allows the person who wears the watch to rotate the bezel to time different events.
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The excellent 18K yellow gold case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining strong and thick lugs that remain even in presence. The 18K yellow gold bezel remains in wonderful unpolished condition and is achieving a nice rosy patina. The 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster rivet bracelet with 76 end pieces was sourced with the watch and shows little wear and minimal stretch from use.
The rare and original non-lumed champagne "pie-pan" dial is beautifully well preserved, remaining bright in coloration with only light signs of aging. The dagger style markers remain flawless and create a striking and unique presence to the watch. The original alpha hands remain in exceptional condition as well, with no signs of oxidation.
None. The watch is running at spec keeping time accurately, extended service history is unknown.