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.
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.