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Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500


Pre-owned Rolex 34mm Air King, Black Dial, Leather Strap, Ref. 5500

The Air-King watch has a rich legacy within the Rolex brand as it was worn by British fighter pilots during the second world war and it has the classic, clean design of a time-only Rolex.  At 34mm, this Air-King is smaller than a modern watch but it would not be out of place on the wrist of a man or woman, thanks in part to its silver dial with smooth, polished stainless steel bezel, which gives the watch a solid wrist presence.  The case is clean and unmarred by nicks or gouges, thanks in part to a sympathetic light polishing.  The brushing on top of the lugs is visible to the naked eye, though it shows some wear as expected when viewed under magnification.  The black serif font printing on the dial is clean and intact, and the hands remain brilliant.  The silver sunburst dial radiates in the light but does show some scratches near the 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock hour markers, with the 3 o’clock index marker showing an indent when viewed under magnification.



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Smooth, Stainless Steel

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Stainless Steel

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Item ID0004496
Model #5500
Model NameAir-King
Year Producedca 1967
Serial Number13xxxxx


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.