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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King - Reference 5500 - Super Precision Model - c.1962

£3,650.00GBP
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A Stunning Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Super Precision Model Reference: 5500. Issued 1962 ( IV Quarter). Ivory Dial with Gold Dial Furniture. Fitted with Oyster Bracelet. 

The Air-King pays homage to the golden age of aviation during the 1930s. One of the pioneers of this era, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records. Of the Oyster, he said: “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes and I propose to use it on all my long-distance flights in the future”. Rolex

Rolex introduced the Air-King 5500 in 1957. This went on to become the blueprint of the model and would go on to define the line for the next 3 decades - many consider the 5500 to be the quintessential vintage Air-King. 

What’s On Offer 

This Air-King ref. 5500 sports the standard 34mm stainless steel case topped with a domed steel bezel fitted with a steel Oyster bracelet. This example is in lovely condition with a beautiful flaxen ivory dial. The applied gold hour markers including the Rolex crown at 12 o'clock are in fabulous form as are the elegant pencil hands with subtle lume inserts. The outer track is still crisp and the Rolex signature,  underwritten by Air-King and Oyster Perpetual is in perfect condition. 

This is a beautiful watch with slender proportions, however, it wears larger on the wrist and is very comfortable. There are no notable marks or blemishes to the dial or case and the original Oyster bracelet looks well and boasts the synonymous Rolex signature as does the crown. 

A really beautiful vintage watch that would transition between everyday wear and more formal occasions seamlessly. A real gem, a worthy addition to any collection. Snap it up! 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Ivory

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Original Oyster Bracelet

Technical specifications

Winding: Automatic

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber: 1530

Jewels: 26

Waterproof: N/A

Power reserve: 44hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference: 5500

Date of issue: 1962

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS

Dimensions

Width (without crown): 34mm

Lug width: 19mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 39mm

Wrist size: Full Bracelet