Beautiful 1981 Steel & Gold Rolex Oyster Datejust ‘Turn-O-Graph’ Quick-Set Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a simply stunning Rolex Oyster Date-Just (Quick Date Set Model) ‘Turn-O-Graph’ dating from 1981. The Turn-O-Graph is often described as the original sports watch and has a close association with the United States Air Force ‘Thunderbird’ squadron. The solid steel & gold (bezel and crown) case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – there is no evidence of incorrect tool use on the teeth of the case back. The original champagne pearlescent Rolex signed dial is untouched and just classically Rolex. The applied gold hour batons and the original gold hands provide a soft contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the rotating gold bezel. The gold Rolex signed Oyster crown does show wear but is working perfectly. The very high grade Rolex signed Chronometer standard automatic movement has just been serviced by my professional watchmaker. To complete this beautiful watch we’ve added a new, super high quality dark brown Hirsch ‘London’ alligator skin strap with gold plated Hirsch buckle. This is a simply beautiful piece and if history is any judge it will only increase in value.

My asking price is below the value for a watch of this condition and rarity, particularly with the continual rise in value of vintage watches of this high quality. In view of the high grade Swiss movement, I will include a twelve month written guarantee on the movement.

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The Case

The crisp, provenance polished stainless steel & gold screw back case is in excellent condition with only the smallest signs of wear. The case measures 35mm wide, excluding the ‘Rolex’ signed screw down winding crown and 43mm, including the lugs. The inside back is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland Patented Stainless Steel’ and the case number of ‘16000’. The serial number is 6.5 million which dates it to 1981 (the full serial number will of course be given to the buyer).

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The Dial

The original champagne pearlescent Rolex signed dial is untouched and just classically Rolex. The applied gold hour batons and the original gold hands provide a soft contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the rotating gold bezel. The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust’, ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ and ‘T Swiss T’.

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The Movement

The original Rolex signed and very high grade movement is in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Seven 27 Jewels’, Adjusted 5 Positions and Temperature’ and the caliber is ‘3035’. The movement number is ‘0684708’.

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The Strap

To complete this beautiful watch we’ve added a new, super high quality dark brown Hirsch ‘London’ alligator skin strap with gold plated Hirsch buckle.

We hold a Hirsch franchise and are able to supply any strap in their range.

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The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

 

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original box or paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

 

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why purchase a watch from SVW?

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

 

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

 

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

 

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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Service, Repair and Refurbishment

Our association with the best of the industry allows us to offer a limited number quality servicing and repair for most of the famous Swiss brands; such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as Omega, Longines, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, IWC, Breguet, and a wide range of complications.

In collaboration with our watchmaker, we offer the following services:

Watch Repairs

Watch Servicing

Watch Restoration

Case Refinishing

Case Repair and Complete Restoration

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The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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