Rolex Datejust Ref. 6609 ‘Thunderbird’ Turn-O-Graph from 1956


Rare (thunder)bird ready to be adopted by the avid collector; an early Ref. 6609 Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph with gold/champagne dial and ‘alpha’ hands. Even more exciting about this particular example is the year of production (serial dating the watch back to the first production year of the reference (1956). Scroll down to read more about this watch.

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In 1956, Rolex envisioned a fresh iteration of the Turn-O-Graph as a tribute to the Thunderbirds, a U.S. Air Force squadron renowned for aerial displays. The creation of this novel model (Reference 6609) involved incorporating the foundational elements of the Datejust (utilizing the 36mm Oyster Case) while introducing a bespoke eye-catching rotating bezel which have shown to become rather iconic amongst Rolex collectors.

The watch remains in fine condition showing normal/healthy signs of use. The attractive dial shows a subtle and even patina with some tiny spots (see pictures) which we think are a valuable addition in terms of characteristics for this 68 year old piece.
The 18K yellow gold case shows thick lugs serving as a proof of little polishing. We would say the watch has been professionally polished looking at how sharp the lugs are which is almost impossible for a watch from this age (only if it would have been a NOS example which it isn’t).

The Cal. 1030 with butterfly rotor is clean and runs with fine accuracy.

Later leather strap and new gold plated buckle.
Nice condition green leather period correct Rolex box is included.

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18K Yellow Gold