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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2867

    ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS, DATE, AND BLACK DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST, MODEL "THUNDERBIRD", CASE NO. 5411468, REF. 1625, CIRCA 1960

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX. A FINE STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTRE SECONDS, DATE, AND BLACK DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST, MODEL "THUNDERBIRD", CASE NO. 5411468, REF. 1625, CIRCA 1960

    Cal. 1575 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance adjusted in 5 positions, the black matte dial with applied luminous baton numerals and luminous dot accents, luminous gold hands, centre seconds, magnified aperture for date, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with gold "Thunderbird" bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown and screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    US$3,200-3,900
    EUR2,300-2,800

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    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THUNDERBIRD

    The Oyster Perpetual Datejust with rotating bezel chased with fine dividing lines and minute divisions was launched in 1956. In one of the first Rolex US catalogues released in 1960, the reference 1625 was shown with a dial bearing the insignia of The Thunderbirds, the Air Demonstration Squadron of the United States Air Force, located at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

    The name Thunderbirds was adopted by the unit in 1953, influenced in part by the strong Indian culture and folklore of teh southwestern United States where Luke is located. Indian legend speaks of the Thunderbird, a giant hawk with great wings and eyes capable of shooting bolts of lightning, with great fear and respect.

    From this association the model is commonly known as Thunderbird in the US or Turn-O-Graph in Europe.