Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Super Precision Ref. 5500 vintage wristwatch, dated 1964
A handsome stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch with bracelet
Rolex introduced the ‘Air-King’ reference 5500 in 1957. The present watch carries a very attractive and early variation of the ‘Air-King’ 5500 dial that is still heavily influenced by 1950s design. The dial is in wonderful condition and features a raised metal Rolex signature rather than the standard printed signature text; the dial also has raised Arabic and faceted dagger numerals, rather than the baton numerals which became the standard for the model in the later 1960s. The detachable Rolex Oyster bracelet has sprung riveted links and is in good condition for its age.
[M] Rolex calibre 1530 automatic movement, lever escapement, 25 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] silvered dial, combination raised Arabic and faceted dagger numerals with luminescent dots above, luminescent ‘Alpha’ shaped hands (please note that luminescence will have naturally dulled with age), outer minute/seconds track, centre seconds [C] stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with polished finish, the tops of the lugs and centre of the case back with satin finish, smooth chamfered bezel, screw-down Rolex crown and case back [S] case, dial, movement and crown signed [B] with original satin finished stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with sprung links and adjustable folding clasp.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 40mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 11mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
Maximum bracelet length: 185mm
All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough leather watch pouch and card outer box.