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Rolex Air-King Reference 5500, 1972

Rolex Air-King Reference 5500, 1972

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Rolex Air-King Reference 5500, 1972: A Study in Understated Excellence
This Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 from 1972 brings with it an air of sophistication that's as fresh today as it was over 50 years ago. This piece harks back to an era when timepieces were essential instruments for aviators, and Rolex was crafting the narrative of airborne precision with its collection of "Air" models.

A Dial of Distinction
The black dial of this Air-King is as enigmatic as a pilot's gaze. It’s simple, yes, but within that simplicity lies a story of purposeful design. Gold-tone markers and hands articulate the time with an elegance that's whispered, not announced.

A Heritage Honed in the Skies
Amidst the tumult of World War II, Rolex was forging a legacy with the British Royal Air Force, creating timepieces like the Air-King to aid pilots in their missions. Released in 1945, the Air-King boasted a 34mm case—a size that commanded respect in that era, hence its regal moniker. This watch was the crown jewel of the "Air" series, which included siblings like the Air-Lion, Air-Tiger, and Air-Giant. Yet, it was the Air-King whose reign endured, outlasting its counterparts to become a cornerstone of the Rolex offering.

Reference 5500: The Quintessential Air-King
With the Reference 5500, Rolex solidified what the Air-King would come to represent: precision and durability without the fuss. Introduced in 1957, it held its ground for nearly four decades, a testament not just to its reliability but also to its timeless design. It's the kind of watch that didn't just keep up with the times; it soared above them.

In Summary
This Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 from 1972 is a beacon of Rolex's storied past, intertwined with the heroics of the British Royal Air Force. In this watch, the legacy of the "Air" collection lives on, a legacy where the Air-King is, undeniably, the last one soaring.
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Key Information

Rolex Air-King Reference 5500, 1972

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Air-King
  • Ref.: 5500
  • Year: 1972
  • SKU: 1981


  • Movement Calibre: 1520
  • Movement Type: Manual
  • Case Size: 34

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Condition Report

Condition Report: Presented in good vintage condition. The dial remains clean and largely free from marks. Note the pinkish marks to the dial are reflections. The case is in good condition for its age with only light scratches. The watch is fitted with a new, 3rd party strap with the Rolex buckle that came with the watch when we purchased it. The movement has been fully serviced.

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