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Rolex
A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 6609 CASE 213916 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1956
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Rolex
A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 6609 CASE 213916 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1956
Estimate
5,0008,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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A YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 6609 CASE 213916 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1956
• cal. 1065 automatic nickel lever escapement, 25 jewels • champagne dial, applied yellow gold dart indexes, outer minute and second divisions, aperture for the date, luminescent yellow gold alpha hands • 18K yellow gold Oyster case, bi directional revolving gold bezel calibrated for 60 units, screwed down case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with a gold plated Rolex buckle
diameter 36 mm
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Catalogue Note

The Rolex Turn-O-Graph debuted in 1953 with the reference 6202, and the present lot is an example of the reference 6609, introduced in 1954, and in production until 1960 within the DateJust family. The new reference included many design changes from the original model including a cyclops date window at 3 o'clock, and a fine engine turned bezel with compressed markers every five minutes instead of every minute. The first mass produced Rolex with a rotatable bezel, the Turn-O-Graph was given the ‘Thunderbird’ nickname due to its association with the Air Force Demonstration Squad, also known as the Thunderbirds; these were ordered by members of the Thunderbirds and there are some examples bearing the squad’s insignia on the dial. The present 6609 is being offered in original condition, with even patina to the dial and crisp numerals on the bezel. 

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