Rare Rolex Thunderbird ‘Datejust’ reference 6609
For sale is this rare Rolex datejust from 1958. This model with a gold rotating bezel is known as the Turn o Graph. The watch got the nickname Thunderbird Rolex because this same references has been used by the American Usaf airforces. There are some examples know with the Thunderbird USAF logo on the dial.
You can find more information about the USAF Rolex thunderbird watches here
Description of this Rolex 6609
The Rolex datejust reference 6609 is one of the first Rolex models with a rotating bezel. It share much similarity with sports watches watches like the early GMT and Submariner. It has a 36mm case made of steel, the bezel is made of solid gold. The watch has a perfect silver dial with beautiful dagger shaped hands. The Radium on the hands turned into a beautiful dark brown color.
A Rolex datejust turn o graph from the 1950’s is very rare. To find one with a mint dial like this one is extremely rare. Another cool thing to mention is the fact that the dial layout of this two-tone example is the same as a steel model with Usaf signature which recently sold at Phillips watch auctions.
The watch comes with a beautiful period correct Rolex box, also an old guarantee comes with the watch, the ink is partly washed off. The original chronometer certificate is missing, however its a very rare set and the condition of the watch speaks for itself.
The caliber 1030 movement is running well and has been regulated by our watchmaker, we offer a 6 months guarantee on the mechanical parts. Seeing the age of the watch we advise to wear the watch with care. The original ‘Roulette’ date wheel is still mounted on the watch, it shows some signs of wearing but seeing the rarity of these date wheels and originality on the watch we advise not to change this part.
Rolex 6609 Turn-o-Graph Datejust
- Year 1958
- reference 6609
- full original condition
- caliber 1030
- roulette date
- box / guarantee paper
- 6 months guarantee
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-graph at Phillips watches
The following Rolex turn-o-graph sold at Phillips watches has the same dial layout as the two-tone version we offer for sale. Of course the value of the rolex 6609 sold at Phillips is much higher due to the USAF logo on the dial. Both watches have a very close serial number dating back to 1958
Vintage Times Amsterdam
Please contact us for any questions about this vintage Rolex 6609 turn-o-graph. We ship worldwide and trade in your vintage watch as well.