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Rolex Datejust ‘Thunderbird’ Ref. 16264


Pre-Owned Rolex 36mm Datejust ‘Thunderbird’ Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16264

The Rolex Datejust was first introduced in 1945 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rolex brand. It was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date display on the dial, and its timeless design has made it one of the most iconic and recognizable watches in the world. Over the years, the Datejust has been updated with new features and materials, but it has remained true to its original design and functionality.

This timepiece features a 36mm stainless steel case, perfectly sized for both comfort and presence on the wrist. The standout feature is its bi-directional rotating ‘Thunderbird’ bezel, a unique and functional element that adds a dynamic edge to the watch’s design. The Rolex Datejust Turn-o-graph quickly gained favor among the pilots of the US Air Force Thunderbirds, whom Rolex would later supply with Turn-o-Graphs of their own, earning it the nickname Datejust Thunderbird.

The black dial of the 16264 is strikingly contrasted by silver stick hour markers, ensuring excellent legibility and a sleek, modern look. At the 3 o’clock position, you’ll find the iconic date reference, complete with the signature Cyclops lens for easy reading.

Powering this exceptional timepiece is the renowned self-winding 3135 caliber movement, known for its precision and reliability. This robust movement is a testament to Rolex’s commitment to excellence and innovation in watchmaking.

Completing the ensemble is a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, offering both durability and a secure, comfortable fit.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


Rotating, Bi-directional, 60-Minute

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size







Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





35mm – 39mm


2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006938
Model #16264
Model NameDatejust
Year Producedca. 2001
Serial NumberKXXXXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.