1966 Rolex Vintage Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird Datejust Mens Watch, 1625 - Stainless Steel & 18K Gold


Item No. 7126SH

Launched around 1953, the vintage Turn-O-Graph was designed for adventure lovers. It gained notoriety due to its use by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flight Aerobatic Flight Team. It features a bi-directional bezel to measure elapsed time, making it the most functional and expensive watch in the Datejust line. In fact, prior to the introduction of the Day-Date President, the solid gold Turn-O-Graph was the most expensive Rolex cataloged.

The watch did not originally enjoy terribly strong sales success and thus not a tremendous number were made, making vintage examples sought after by collectors.

Here are some of this watch's features:

  • Desirable vintage Turn-O-Graph
  • Cool and uncommon silver pie-pan dial which gives the watch a classic and more elegant look
  • Solid gold rotating bezel designed to measure elapsed time
  • Officially Certified Chronometer movement - a mechanism that powered models of the Datejusts as well as early Submariner, Explorer, and GMT models

This Certified Pre-Owned vintage Turn-O-Graph has fully Rolex parts and presents very nicely. Its untouched original dial presents as mint.

Accompanying the watch are what looks to be its original booklet and a Rolex servicing certificate from 2016 and Rolex small folio. It winds very smoothly.

Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, reassembling and lubricating the movement, replacing all of the waterproofing seals with new Rolex gaskets, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).

We have timed it in five chronometer positions, and it continues to keep near chronometer grade time.

For the finishing touch we have installed an Italian leather strap and meticulously detailed the watch making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

Note: A published example of a this model can be found in Osvaldo Patrizzi's work Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches, 2001 Edition, Guido Mondani editor, Vol. 2, pg. 39.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: Turn-O-Graph, Ref. 1601/34 / 1625
  • Serial no.: 1,233,252
  • Year built: c. 1966
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Automatic, Date, Elapsed Time Bezel
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel and gold
  • Case condition: Excellent with light wear
  • Dimensions: 36mm diameter, 12mm thick
  • Dial: Silver linen with black printing, pie-pan with applied 18K gold baton indexes, outer minute/seconds divisions, aperture for the date, original and untouched, mint condition
  • Hands: Original, 18K gold, luminous batons
  • Movement type: Automatic, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, mono metallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring
  • Jewels: 26 rubies
  • Band: Italian leather, fully stitched, padded
  • Width between lugs: 20mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, 'cyclops' date magnification, mint condition
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Serviced: Yes, fully serviced by our Master Watchmaker ($495 value). All waterproofing gaskets replaced with new Rolex seals.

    If you would like more information on our watchmaking team please visit: http://www.connoisseuroftime.com/pages/team.htm

  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Original Rolex booklet; Rolex servicing certificate from 2016 and Rolex small folio; Connoisseur of Time new timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

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