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Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King Super Precision Ref. 5500 vintage wristwatch, dated 1958

A superb and very rare steel automatic wristwatch with sectored ‘herringbone’ dial original guarantee leaflet, Rolex presentation case and outer card box

Rolex introduced the ‘Air-King’ reference 5500 in 1957. Amongst the earliest versions of the model are some very unusual dial variations which were produced in small numbers before the design was standardized in the 1960s. This version of the ‘Air-King’ is exceptionally rare with a highly unusual ‘herringbone’ sector dial that is in outstanding condition for its age. The style of the dial is reminiscent of the 1950s ‘honeycomb’ dial, yet the herringbone design creates a completely different look, quartering the dial in this way allows the light to play across its surface in a similar way to sector dials of the Art Deco period. The combination Arabic and faceted dagger numerals are also a rare feature that can be found on some of the earliest ‘Air-King’.

The watch is in outstanding condition for its age and is complete with its original Rolex guarantee leaflet/instructions which notes the original date of sale as 11.12.61, original green Rolex presentation case and Rolex green card outer box. Also accompanying the watch is a Rolex service receipt dated 10.9.69.

This watch was a 21st birthday present from the original owner’s Mother and Father on his 21st Birthday in 1961 – their birthday gift tag to their son also accompanies this watch.

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Technical details

Rolex calibre 1530 automatically wound movement, lever escapement, 25 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000BPH, Kif shock absorber, decoratively pierced rotor for the automatic winding with engraved Rolex crown; cream ‘herring-bone’ sector dial with combination applied Arabic and faceted dagger numerals with luminescent dots above, luminescent hands (please note that luminescence will have naturally darkened with age), outer minute/seconds track, blued steel centre seconds; stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with screw-down crown and case back, polished chamfered bezel, satin finish to the tops of the lugs and centre of the case back; case, dial, movement and crown signed.

Measurements

Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 40mm
Depth including crystal: 11.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm

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Description

Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King Super Precision Ref. 5500 vintage wristwatch, dated 1958
A superb and very rare steel automatic wristwatch with sectored ‘herringbone’ dial original guarantee leaflet, Rolex presentation case and outer card box

Rolex introduced the ‘Air-King’ reference 5500 in 1957. Amongst the earliest versions of the model are some very unusual dial variations which were produced in small numbers before the design was standardized in the 1960s. This version of the ‘Air-King’ is exceptionally rare with a highly unusual ‘herringbone’ sector dial that is in outstanding condition for its age. The style of the dial is reminiscent of the 1950s ‘honeycomb’ dial, yet the herringbone design creates a completely different look, quartering the dial in this way allows the light to play across its surface in a similar way to sector dials of the Art Deco period. The combination Arabic and faceted dagger numerals are also a rare feature that can be found on some of the earliest ‘Air-King’.

 

The watch is in outstanding condition for its age and is complete with its original Rolex guarantee leaflet/instructions which notes the original date of sale as 11.12.61, original green Rolex presentation case and Rolex green card outer box. Also accompanying the watch is a Rolex service receipt dated 10.9.69.

 

This watch was a 21st birthday present from the original owner’s Mother and Father on his 21st Birthday in 1961 – their birthday gift tag to their son also accompanies this watch.

 

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Technical details:

 

Rolex calibre 1530 automatically wound movement, lever escapement, 25 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000BPH, Kif shock absorber, decoratively pierced rotor for the automatic winding with engraved Rolex crown; cream ‘herring-bone’ sector dial with combination applied Arabic and faceted dagger numerals with luminescent dots above, luminescent hands (please note that luminescence will have naturally darkened with age), outer minute/seconds track, blued steel centre seconds; stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with screw-down crown and case back, polished chamfered bezel, satin finish to the tops of the lugs and centre of the case back; case, dial, movement and crown signed.

 

Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm.

Length including lugs: 40mm.