Rolex Datejust Thunderbird Turn-O-Graph 16253 SS/18k
When we talk about TimeCapsule complete (right down to the last detail), this watch exemplifies that standard! Check out the original serialized hang tag matching to the original Rolex Certificate. And there’s even the Rolex stickers with reference number that were meant to be affixed to the box. TO have all of that original stuff in-tact and with the watch after all these years is pretty amazing considering this watch is over 30 years old (not that the condition would indicate that)!
This watch screams classic and cool! The original Rolex Thunderbird 36mm Datejust with 18k Turnograph Bezel. 9M serial dates manufacture of this watch to around 1987 - exact date of purchase is unknown as the Rolex warranty certificate is not filled in.
The Thunderbird model evolved from the 36mm datejust. It was Rolex attempt to revive the men’s Datejust model with a newfound element of sportiness. The key design element was the sporty new 60 minute bi-directional rotating bezel. There had been rotating bezels on sport models before but this one was different. The 18k yellow gold rotating bezel was solid gold with a sort of bark finish and had large engraved numbers. The genius in this design was that it didn’t overlap with existing GMT or Submariner models. (its divers style bezel could never be confused for the GMT’s 24hour bezel & it’s bi-directional rotating bezel meant it could never be used as a professional divers watch, plus this wasn't a bezel with an insert, this was a solid 18k gold bezel with engraved numbers cut out from the gold. (This chunky new style ‘engraved’ bezel would Become the precursor and inspiration of the yacht master model)
It’s rarity in the secondary market (there are less than 10 Rolex Thunderbird Datejust models available on the 3 largest watch sites available for sale) suggests the Thunderbird Datejust model was Short lived and produced for only a handful of years. and seemingly in very limited production numbers.
Here is your chance to own a timeless (pun intended) and classic Vintage Rolex Thunderbird Datejust, complete complete complete to the last detail!!!
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