1963 Rolex Two Tone DateJust Turn-O-Graph (Ref.1625)

Do you why the Rolex Ref.1625 Turn-O-Graph has the nickname the  "Thunderbird"?  The Name Thunderbird comes from the late 1950s, at the dawn of the Jet-Age. The United Stated 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.

Rolex Thunderbird

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 Tun-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. Unlike the regular Datejust, the Turn-O-Graph was never offered with an Oyster bracelet it was only sold on a leather strap or on the Jubilee style steel or two-tone bracelets. 

The specific example we are featuring here at Craft & Tailored is also somewhat of a rare variant due to the fact that is its an earlier production model and in stunning original condition. This specific pie pan dial is sometimes referred to as a "claw dial" and this specific Ref. 1625 also comes complete with original dauphine style hands and 18k yellow gold rotating bezel. It's a stunning piece that packs some unique features and an even more  unique history! 

Stock # RLXDJ16251963
Brand Rolex
Style DateJust "Thunderbird
Model 1625
Serial 106XXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K/SS
Dial Gold
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet C&T Horween Shell Cordovan Strap



The case of this specific Rolex Ref. 1625 was previously polished at some point but retains nice thick lugs and the polished sides and brushed top of lugs. The 18k yellow gold rotating bezel is in great condition as well, the embossed numbers in the bezel providing depth and dimension. The watch will be supplied on a Horween shell cordovan strap in natural.


The gold dial with its arrow or sometimes referred to as "Claw" markers is unique and  handsome. The dial shows very minimal patina and the tritium lume dots and hands are in original condition. The 18k hands of this specific example are also referred to as dauphine hands and add to the originality of this example.


None.  The watch was recently serviced and is running at spec. The watch will come complete with a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.