Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Precision Ref. 5500 vintage wristwatch, sold in 1965
A stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch with rare full Arabic numeral dial, original Rolex certificate, Rolex service papers and green Rolex pouch
Rolex launched their first Air-King models in the mid 1940s and, in 1957, the Ref. 5500 was introduced. Until the mid 1960s, the Ref. 5500 was manufactured with a few different dial configurations of which the present, with full Arabic numeral configuration, is one of the rarest. This is an excellent example of the model, the dial is in excellent condition with a rich lustre and some minor darkening to the very edge of the surface. The watch is accompanied by its original numbered guarantee booklet detailing its original purchase at Eales & Sons in Long Eaton, Nottingham on 29th October 1965. The Ref. 5500 Air-King was available with a leather strap or optional Rolex Oyster bracelet, the bracelet currently on the watch is a modern Rolex Oyster replacement.
This watch has been fully serviced and overhauled by Rolex and is accompanied by the Rolex service booklet and service card with the watch’s serial number, together with a green suede Rolex pouch and a further Rolex service card.
[M] Rolex calibre 1520 automatic movement, lever escapement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance, 19,800 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] silk matte silvered dial, raised Arabic numerals, outer minute track, Alpha shaped hands, centre seconds [C] stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with polished finish, chamfered bezel, the tops of the lugs and centre of the screw-down case back with satin finish, screw-down Rolex crown [S] case, dial and movement signed [B] stainless steel Rolex Oyster model 78350 bracelet and adjustable folding clasp
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 41mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10.5mm
Lug gauge/strap width: 19mm
Maximum bracelet length: 207mm
All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch has been serviced Rolex.