Lot No. 98 (93rd Auction)
Rolex "Oyster Perpetual Datejust Turn-O-Graph Superlative Chronometer officially certified", Movement No. DN900433, Case No. 463823, Ref. 6609, Cal. 1066, 36 mm, circa 1959

A gentleman's automatic bi-color wristwatch with date, so called "Thunderbird"
Case: steel/gold, screw back II/59 ref. 6609, rotating "Thunderbird" bezel, later original steel/18k gold "Jubilee" bracelet Ref. 62523H.18. Dial: gilt. Movm.: rotorwind movement, Glucydur screw balance.

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force. In the 1950s and 1960s the pilots flew jets such as the F-84G Thunderjet, the F-84F Thunderstreak or the legendary F-100C Super Sabre. These planes have of course long since been replaced with the modern F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is the aircraft the team uses today. There is little documentation on how the Thunderbirds came to be connected with Rolex watches, however, we know that there must have been some kind of a formal agreement - Rolex created special dials for the fighter pilots and the Thunderbird name as well as photographs of the jets were used in Rolex advertising; consequently the Turn-O-Graph models equipped with a bezel that turns in both directions came to be nicknamed "Thunderbird".
Estimate  2,200 - 3,800 €

Price Realised  2,800 €
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