The Turn-O-Graph has long been the awkward cousin in the Rolex family. It always kept to itself and was often shunned by consumers because of it’s unique personality. But, in true Rolex fashion, that initial awkwardness has now it turned into a collectible watch. In short, the Turn-O-Graph is finally gaining it’s long overdue respect. So let’s examine some specifics. Originally launched in 1953, the Turn-O-Graph was the first Rolex to feature a rotating bezel. Yes, this ground breaking design proceeded both the Submariner and the GMT. In the late 1950s, the name Thunderbird was adopted by Rolex to capitalize on the new partnership with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbird aerobatic squadron who had recently equipped their pilots with the Turn-O-Graph. This example has a tasteful 36mm stainless steel case with an 18kt white gold Turn-O-Graph bezel. The Oyster bracelet is the perfect companion to the case, creating a versatile look that can be worn casually or in a more formal setting. The blue dial is tucked beneath a sapphire crystal, guarded by a 36mm stainless steel Oyster case. Destined to become sought after by collectors, this watch is no longer the awkward cousin so much as it has become the unique conversation piece. To add to the appeal of this particular model, this watch was serviced and refinished by Rolex in April of 2017. As well the service papers, this watch comes complete with original box and papers.