Rolex Datejust Turnograph 16253Rolex Datejust Turnograph 16253

Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph Ref. 16253

A 1979 Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph Ref. 16253 in two-tone. Now that’s cool!

The Turn-O-Graph is a bit of an odd duck in the Datejust lineup. It is the only one with a rotatable bezel like you would find on Submariners and GMT Masters. It provided the TOG with a distinctly different look. Something unlike anything else. It is a little more rugged than the average Datejust. But a lot more elegant than the average sports model. It is a Turn-O-Graph!

This two-tone example is fitted with a two-part solid 18k yellow gold bezel. It is friction-based and bi-directional. Quite handy for timing that baguette in the oven!

If you are a fan of the mighty Rolex Datejust, but you want something unique and different, have a look at this Turn-O-Graph Ref. 16253. If you fall in love with it, it will not let you go.

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 16253
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Year of production (circa) 1979
Buckle/clasp Generic steel
Material Steel & gold
Lug Width 20 mm
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch designs ever made. We try not to use the term “iconic” too liberally, but it is surely justified here. Launched back in 1945 as the Ref. 4467, the design has been only marginally updated every now and then. And it has looked fresh and current ever since.

When it comes to vintage, two generations of Datejust are particularly popular; the Ref. 16xx and the later five-digit references. The 16xx models were made from the fifties until  roughly 1978 and feature a beautifully dimensional pie-pan dial. Many of these came on folded jubilee bracelets and they did not yet feature a quickset date.

When the reference was updated to five digits around 1978, the pie-pan dial was replaced by a flat dial. The caliber was updated to now feature a quickset date. A decade later, in 1988, a new update saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal. For us, this is where vintage Datejust becomes modern Datejust.

Countless variations can be found. Different bezels, bracelets, dial colors, sizes and materials. The Datejust is one of the most beloved and versatile watches around. If you are looking for a one-watch-collection, that works equally well with shorts as it does with a three-piece suit, the Datejust is probably a pretty safe bet!


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Year of production (circa)



Steel & gold



Dial color





36 mm




Generic steel

Lug Width

20 mm