Rolex DateJust ‘Thunderbird’ – 1625

Rolex DateJust ‘Thunderbird’ – 1625

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Description

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.

This Rolex DateJust Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” 1625 has a 18kt yellow gold 3 piece round oyster case, an engine-turned applied-numeral unidirectional 18Kt yellow gold bezel and leather strap by Rolex on a 18Kt yellow gold pin-buckle.  The beautiful finished champagne sunburst dial with slopped pie pan edge, raised gold baton markers, calendar window at the 3 position and a sweep seconds hand is in excellent condition.  The dial is protected by an acrylic crystal with bubble over the date window, screw down crown and a solid case back.   The power house to this vintage icon is the Rolex Caliber 1560 Automatic, self Winding Movement.

Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Turn-O-Graph.  This Rolex DateJust Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” has been referenced against technical documents and manufacturer records to ensure authenticity and a clean history. Back by a Grand Timepiece 6mnth warranty. Model: 1625

Additional information

Gender

Material Bezel

Yellow Gold

Case Dimensions

Case Material

18kt Gold

Dial Numerals

18Kt, Hour Makers

Lug to Lug

44mm

Dial

Champagne

Glass

Plexiglass

Bracelet Material

Black Alligator Leather

Movement

Automatic

Calibre

1560

Condition

Mint

Functions

Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Year

1950-1959

Papers

Box

Style

Luxury

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