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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Turn-O-Graph

£5,750.00

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Description

Brand Rolex
Ref. No. 116263 WSO
Movement Automatic
Case material Gold/Steel
Bracelet material Gold/Steel
Year 2013
Condition 1 (mint)
With box
With papers
Gender Men’s watch/Unisex
Location Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Price £5,750
Availability Available now

CALIBER

Movement Automatic
Movement/Caliber 3135
Power reserve 48 h

CASE

Case material Gold/Steel
Case diameter 36 mm
Glass Sapphire Glass
Dial Grey

BRACELET/STRAP

Bracelet material Gold/Steel
Bracelet color Gold/Steel
Clasp Double-fold clasp
Clasp material Gold/Steel

FUNCTIONS

Date

DESCRIPTION

One watch that you can’t find in the history section of the website, for example, is the Rolex Turn-O-Graph. A shame, because the Turn-O-Graph turned out to be one of the most significant watches for the brand, by shaping the future of the brand identity. The Turn-O-Graph was Rolex’ first tool watch.

The idea that drove the watch was, as so many great inventions, very simple. A rotating bezel with 10-minute increments. Upon release, Rolex marketed it as the “simplest stop-watch ever”, and functioning “as a reminder of times past, for phone calls, conferences, timing, parking, and countless other ways“.
Considered clunky at the time, and only offered on a leather or a jubilee bracelet it was not much of a commercial success and discontinued soon. A big part of why it didn’t sell well was due to the watches it fathered inspiration to, the Rolex Submariner, and the Rolex GMT-Master.

As the years went by the Turn-O-Graph got faded out, re-introduced, and faded out again. One thing that never left though was the impact of the Turn-O-Graph. Tool watches with a bezel became the speciality of the brand, and to this date, the submariner is the most famous watch of the brand.
The Rolex Turn-O-Graph is an interesting watch for so many reasons. It is a great balance between a tool watch and a dress watch, it helped shape the brand identity of Rolex, and it aged greatly. Underappreciated, the Turn-O-Graph remains close to my heart for what it did for my favourite brand.

Today we offer a modern iteration of this classic with its stylish round stainless steel case and the special turn-o-graph Thunderbird bezel made of pure 18ct yellow gold it is the hallmark of this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch. The polished look of the case gives the watch a very luxurious appearance. The watch’s bracelet is formed from a lovely combination of stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold and duly fitted with a hardy deployant buckle. The watch features yellow gold obelisque hour, minute, and seconds hands and index hour markers whose conspicuousness against the grey finish of the dial ensures great legibility. Date is displayed at 3 o’clock. Watch is accompanied with original outer, inner box and all pertaining documentation. It is is in mint condition with some minor signs of wear on boxes.

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