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This watch dates from around 1973 and comes with a folded link bracelet in remarkable condition for being 40 years old according to the VC date code on the buckle.

The plastic crystal is in great shape still retaining a sharp bevel on the edge and only minor surface scuffs.

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It is considered the father of the wildly successful Submariner diver model. In the 1950s it was used by pilots for navigational calculations.

Later in the same decade it became the official watch of the US Air Force acrobatic Thunderbird display team.

They even offer a vintage sound as the watch is worn and the links rattle around.

A period correct bracelet adds significant value to a watch like this. There are many people out there who love watches, especially Rolex watches.

According to the “D” serial number the watch dates from 2005.

Pretty much every thick lug Turn-O-Graph you’re likely to see is a D serial number (including the one I’ve been wearing for many years).

Although certainly not the most recognized watch from the esteemed Geneva based company, it is a historically significant model none the less.

It was the first watch to introduce the idea of the rotating bezel way back in 1953.

Its 36mm oyster case lacks the bulk of a Submariner, GMT, Yacht-Master etc. New old stock Turn-O-Graphs like this were known to exist in dealer inventories up until just a couple years ago.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex once again introduce a new Turn-O-Graph in the future.

They persisted with the model updating it for over 50 years from time to time until it was recently retired (again) a few years back.

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