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Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500 Blue Dial Box & Papers

The Rolex Air-King was introduced in 1945 with a specific public; pilots. Of course, we all know the GMT-master which is a pretty legendary pilot’s watch, but the Air-King wasn’t built as a functional friend to pilots on intercontinental flights. It was a watch that was often given to pilots as a token of appreciation when they retired or if they had completed a certain challenge.

Over the years the Air-King has evolved, but it always has been the Rolex whose simplicity is its charming character. This one has a blue dial ( slightly younger than the watch) and an original Bucherer box, pouch and papers. Blue dials are not so common anymore, they are difficult to find in this condition!

Visit our store to see this clean and fine watch, among many others. We’re located in the Reestraat 3, Amsterdam.

€ 5.700

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Details
Brand Rolex
Diameter 34 mm
Model Air-King
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Reference 5500
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1979
Lug Width 18 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original box & papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Blue
Movement Automatic
Backstory

Rolex is well known for its watches aimed at specific professionals. As such, it is no wonder that the house has a long history in specialist pilot’s watches. From the 1930’s onwards, several variations of the Oyster Perpetual bubble-back were made with names like Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-Tiger. These were commonly bought by RAF pilots during WWII, as an upgrade to their issued watches.

In 1945, a single pilot’s line was launched to replace all of these predecessors: The Rolex Air-King.

Interestingly, the Air-King does not feature too many true aviation features. The archetypal pilot’s watch is big, with a matte black dial and white numerals and preferably a soft iron cage to protect from magnetism. The older Air-Kings have none of that. It is, however, a beautiful and versatile line of watches that is worth considering.

The most popular vintage Air-King is undoubtedly the Ref. 5500. A dual-reference that was also assigned to an Explorer model. To complicate things further, the Ref. 5500 was identical to the Ref. 1002 Oyster Perpetual, except for the dial. The Ref. 5500 was introduced in 1957 and lasted a whopping 37 years, making it the longest-running Rolex reference ever.

Rolex discontinued the Air-King in 2014, only to bring it back in 2016 with the Ref. 116900. A bit of an odd duck in the collection, with its busy dial with yellow and green details. It is, however, a fan favorite in the modern lineup, together with the equally quirky Milgauss.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Rolex

Model

Reference

5500

Year of production (circa)

1979

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Blue

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

34 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Buckle/clasp

Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

18 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers