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Turn-O-Graph "Thunderbird" 
Lot No. 27
Lot No. 27
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A collection of 2 bi-color wristwatches
An attractive vintage bi-color wristwatch with date - rare "Turn-O-Graph" model
Estimate  2,000 - 5,000 €

Price Realised  4,500 €
a lot of the last auction!
Product Details
CASE
Steel, screw back ref. 16000, rotating "Thunderbird" 18 K gold bezel, screwed "Twinlock" winding crown, extra long steel/gold "Jubilee" bracelet Ref. 62523H.14 with endlinks stamped 455, clasp E6, bracelet length 170 mm, total length 200 mm.
very good, slightly worn.
DIAL
Gilt, the luminous dot at 4 o'clock is missing.
very good.
MOVEMENT
Automatic.
very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended.
MOVM. NO.
0363325
REF.
16253
CAL.
3035
CASE NO.
5905044
DIMENSIONS
36 mm
CIRCA
1978
ORIGIN
Switzerland
Product Description

This remarkable and exceedingly rare timepiece dating from the 1970 has been extremely well-preserved.

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".

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