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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 33

    Rolex. A very rare and attractive 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, "Thunderbird" bezel and black dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST, REF. 1625, CASE NO. 1’013'625, CIRCA 1965

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    Rolex. A very rare and attractive 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, "Thunderbird" bezel and black dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, ref. 1625, case no. 1’013'625, circa 1965
    Cal. 1560 automatic movement, 26 jewels, black dial, applied dagger numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, outer half minute divisions on sloped track, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, textured "Thunderbird" bidirectional revolving bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back, screw down crown, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT SWISS COLLECTOR

    The following two lots are two exceptionally well preserved timepieces bearing the so-called “Thunderbird” bezel. An iconic detail and a long standing favorite of Rolex collectors, it is defined by its elaborate engraving alternating Arabic and baton numerals with milled sectors. Its name derives from a period Rolex catalogue, where it appears on a piece which also bears on its dial the logo of the US Air Force flying team, known as “The Thunderbirds”.