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Rolex Explorer 5500 - Super Precision - c.1966 - Swiss-T-25 Dial

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c.1966, A rare Rolex Explorer Super Precision 5500, 34mm Case. Serviced by Rolex 2014

A 1966 Rolex Explorer 5500 that has the same model reference as the 1957 Airking (they shared a 34mm case). It's a highly collectible Rolex Explorer reference. The jet black dial has a white outer tracking ring and oversized Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9, with an inverted triangle at 12, making it a very clear-cut and legible dial. The combination of these functional elements with the Mercedes hour hand and lollipop seconds hand makes for a stunning watch. It bears 'Super Precision', indicative of the 1530 automatic movement within. 

What's on offer

This specimen is in great shape, having been well preserved and cared for and we suspect only occasionally worn since service! This Explorer went into production in 1966 (dated by serial number). The case, bracelet, and glass are in great condition, with only the most superficial signs of wear visible. Thankfully, the watch has been inspected, appraised, cleaned, and serviced by Rolex (March 2014) so you can be assured it must have started off life as an Explorer and NOT an Air-King! Having been worn sparingly since the £665 service back in 2014 this watch is in excellent working order and is demonstrably genuine and original. Rolex has provided a signed service card and receipt of this service, as well as a Rolex green velvet carry pouch and a polystyrene delivery box, all included with this sale. The watch is sold with a 12-month warranty from VWS.

Additional information

Made from

Bracelet: Case: Stainless steel

Dial: Black explorer dial.

Crystal: Plexi 

BraceletOyster 78350-19 MA10 - 557 End pieces, 19mm lug width


Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound or automatic (perpetual wrist motion powers watch).

Movement Type: Automatic

Caliber: 1530

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent. 9/10 given its age. 

Model Reference Number: 5500 Explorer

Date of issue: 1966


12-month VWS Warranty.


Width: 34mm

Lug width: 19mm

Wrist size: Adjustable via link removal. Contact us to discuss sizing, as we can potentially source spare links too.