Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, P...

New York - The Fuller Building, Mar 28, 2007

LOT 94

So-called "Thunderbird" Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified", Ref. 6609. Made in the 1950s. Fine and rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with date.

USD 5,000 - 7,000

EUR 3,800 - 5,500

Sold: USD 7,670

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, bidirectional revolving reeded and graduated bezel, crystal with "cyclops" lens. D. Champagne with applied yellow gold faceted dart and baton indexes and luminous dots, outer minute/seconds track, aperture for the date. Luminous yellow gold "alpha" hands. M. Cal. 1066, rhodium-plated, "oeilde- perdrix" decoration, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, blued steel Breguet balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 36 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3**


Repair required, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


A similar watch is published in ?Rolex, Collecting Modern and Vintage Wristwatches?, by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Guido Mondani Editore, 2005, vol. I, p. 344 and vol. II, p. 377.