Rolex Turn-O-Graph

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SKU AS01958
SKU AS01958

Why We Love it

Often overlooked, the Rolex Turn-O-Graph nevertheless turns heads. Released the year before the Submariner, its thick case and rotating bezel foreshadow the Submariners that would follow. In fact, it's on the bones of the Turn-O-Graph that the Rolex sports models--like the Submariner and the GMT--would be built.

And yet the Turn-O-Graph was never a bestseller, being pulled from the catalogs nearly a decade after its release; but rather than fade into obscurity, the Turn-O-Graph has assumed a place in the pantheon of watches that would shape history. 

The Turn-O-Graph was meant to be a substitute for a chronograph, which were more expensive than time-only watches. Rolex intended the wearers to use the bezel (which Rolex called the "time-recording rim") to make precise mathematical calculations. Since the Daytona was still over a decade away, Rolex touted the Turn-O-Graph (with its sturdy waterproof case) as a sportier and more affordable alternative to chronographs.

Understandably, Rolex marketed the Turn-O-Graph to business travelers and pilots, shown in its debut advertisement on the wrist of a suited gentleman as he sat in the seat of an airplane. 

"Simplest 'stop-watch' ever," the headline proclaims, "yet waterproof and self-winding!" 

But the "time-recording rim" had applications in other pastimes as well. 

"For example," the ad ran, "if you're a yacht-racing enthusiast, it will time the minute-gun for you."

Rolex used many different dials for the Turn-O-Graph throughout its nearly ten years of existence, including those with a "honeycomb" texture that are particularly attractive. This particular Turn-O-Graph, a Reference 6202, has a black lacquer dial that has gained a heavy patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. With a red triangle insert on the bezel, this Turn-O-Graph is an excellent example of an incredibly rare watch. 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Turn-O-Graph

Rolex Turn-O-Graph

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Rolex Turn-O-Graph

Why We Love it

Often overlooked, the Rolex Turn-O-Graph nevertheless turns heads. Released the year before the Submariner, its thick case and rotating bezel foreshadow the Submariners that would follow. In fact, it's on the bones of the Turn-O-Graph that the Rolex sports models--like the Submariner and the GMT--would be built.

And yet the Turn-O-Graph was never a bestseller, being pulled from the catalogs nearly a decade after its release; but rather than fade into obscurity, the Turn-O-Graph has assumed a place in the pantheon of watches that would shape history. 

The Turn-O-Graph was meant to be a substitute for a chronograph, which were more expensive than time-only watches. Rolex intended the wearers to use the bezel (which Rolex called the "time-recording rim") to make precise mathematical calculations. Since the Daytona was still over a decade away, Rolex touted the Turn-O-Graph (with its sturdy waterproof case) as a sportier and more affordable alternative to chronographs.

Understandably, Rolex marketed the Turn-O-Graph to business travelers and pilots, shown in its debut advertisement on the wrist of a suited gentleman as he sat in the seat of an airplane. 

"Simplest 'stop-watch' ever," the headline proclaims, "yet waterproof and self-winding!" 

But the "time-recording rim" had applications in other pastimes as well. 

"For example," the ad ran, "if you're a yacht-racing enthusiast, it will time the minute-gun for you."

Rolex used many different dials for the Turn-O-Graph throughout its nearly ten years of existence, including those with a "honeycomb" texture that are particularly attractive. This particular Turn-O-Graph, a Reference 6202, has a black lacquer dial that has gained a heavy patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. With a red triangle insert on the bezel, this Turn-O-Graph is an excellent example of an incredibly rare watch. 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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