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Congratulate the Grad with a Rolex Watch

May 25, 2017

BY Paul Altieri


Nothing marks an achievement quite like a Rolex watch. And graduation is one of the most important milestones for a young adult. So, if you have a soon-to-be graduate in your life, consider gifting them a Rolex watch to commemorate the occasion. Not only is a Rolex a very special gift that will bring tremendous joy when received, it’s one that will continue to be cherished for a long time to come. Built with only the best materials and powered by in-house automatic movements, these are exceptional watches to celebrate an exceptional moment.

Graduation Gift

Graduation is one of the most important milestones for a young adult.

Let’s take a look at a pair of Rolex watches that would make for fantastic graduation gifts.

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A Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph

If you think a dressier Rolex watch would suit the graduate best, then look no further than a Datejust. But not just any Rolex Datejust, but rather the Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” watch. This particular Datejust ref. 116264 was a reissue of a vintage Rolex from the 1950s.

Graduation Gift

The modern day Turn-O-Graph is ideal for a young adult.

The 1950s Turn-O-Graph was nicknamed the “Thunderbird” because it was the official watch of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbird aerobatic squadron. The modern day Turn-O-Graph is ideal for a young adult. It features a very wearable 36mm Oyster case in stainless steel along with an 18k white gold bezel. Additionally, the rotating fluted bezel is marked with numerals for a sporty touch. Further emphasizing the sporty appeal is the stainless steel Oyster bracelet, as well as, the red details on the white dial.

A Datejust that’s very different to more traditional references, the Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” ref.116264 is one that beautifully balances both dressy and sporty elements.

A Rolex Submariner No-Date

If you’d rather gift a Rolex sports watch, then nothing beats the quintessential luxury diver’s watch: the Submariner. And the Submariner no-date ref. 114060 is perfect for a young adult. As its name suggests, the ref. 114060 does not include a date window, therefore offers a flawlessly symmetrical face.

Graduation Gift

Nothing beats the quintessential luxury diver’s watch: the Submariner.

As the most current version of the no-date Submariner, the 40mm Oyster case comes with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Prized for its look and robustness, Cerachrom has a gorgeous sheen that will not fade—even after prolonged sun exposure. Plus, ceramic is also resistant to scratching, making this Submariner the ideal everyday watch.

This being a diver’s watch, the Submariner is water resistant to 330 feet and has fantastic blue lume in the dark. Additionally, the Glidelock system on the Oyster bracelet allows the band to be extended should it need to fit over a diving suit, but you don’t have to be a scuba diver to rock this timepiece on your wrist.


A graduate deserves a grown-up watch and a Rolex is an ultimate companion for life’s next chapter. Whether you opt for a dressier or sportier one, your Rolex graduation gift offers just the right amount of pomp and circumstance.





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