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Rolex Datejust Thunderbird for Sale

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About the Rolex Thunderbird


Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird

Rolex Thunderbird Reference Number(s):

1625, 6309, 16253, 16263, 16264, 16268, 116261, 116263, 116264

Years Rolex Thunderbird was Produced:

1953 - Present (not consistently produced)

Rolex Thunderbird Nickname Origin:

The "Thunderbird" nickname originated during the 1950s, when pilots in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird squadron started favoring Rolex watches with rotating bezels, and sometimes even received them as special recognition awards. Rolex took full advantage of this marketing opportunity and released a special series of Datejust watches fitted with rotating bezels and the Thunderbird’s logo printed on the dial The "Thunderbird" nickname applies to any Rolex Datejust watch that is fitted with a rotating bezel. Today, a Datejust with a rotating bezel is branded as a Turn-O-Graph; however the Thunderbird nickname lives on, and all Datejust watches with rotating bezels are affectionately called "Thunderbirds" by many members of the Rolex collecting community.

Rolex Thunderbird Celebrity Associations:

Eric Clapton, Michael Collins, Rikki Rockett

Unique Features for the Rolex Thunderbird

A rotating bezel (bidirectional) with a 60-minute scale - made from either stainless steel with an aluminum insert, or solid gold (depending on the year of production).

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