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The ref. 1625 was produced by Rolex from 1959 to 1977 in solid 18k gold, two-tone steel and yellow gold, and steel with a white-gold bezel. The best known feature is the engine-turned finish; combined with numerals, this model has an unmistakable appearance. 

The origin of the name "Thunderbird" comes from the nickname of the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, established in 1953, which was the first supersonic aerobatic team. It started with one pilot wearing this watch, and eventually it became the team’s go-to timepiece. For Rolex, it was perfect for capturing the American market with this patriotic reference. This reference actually started production under the moniker of "Turn-O-Graph," a legacy naming convention for Rolex following the ref. 6202. For the ref. 1625, we find the "Thunderbird" naming much better suited for the watch, adding a layer of depth with the story of the USAF Thunderbirds.

Rare ROLEX Datejust "Turnograph" in gold, ref. 1625, from 1965

€9,750.00Price
  • DESCRIPTION

    CASE

    36 mm 18 ct. gold case with a revolving bezel and plexiglass.

     

    DIAL

    silver with aperture for the date.

    MOVEMENT

    ROLEX automatic cal. 1570

     

    FUNCTIONS

    Self-winding with date

     

    CONDITION

    original condition

     

    YEAR

    1965

     

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