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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer Ref. 5500, 1966

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer Ref. 5500, 1966

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An excellent example of the highly collectable Rolex Explorer 5500.

Introducing the Rolex Explorer Reference 5500, a standout piece in the Rolex catalogue that marries uniqueness with a story worth telling. This timepiece shares its 34mm case with the Air-King but flaunts an extra dash of charm - a striking gilt-inscribed dial glowing with tritium luminescent paint. The specimen we have for you is among the finest we've seen, promising not just a remarkable addition to your collection, but a smart investment for the future.

Now, for a little context. The Rolex Explorer was born in 1933 when Rolex began crafting watches for those daring enough to challenge the unknown. These were watches designed to stand up to extreme conditions, featuring a dial that prioritized visibility and lubricants that ensured function between a frosty -20° C and a balmy +40° C.

The 'Explorer' badge was christened in 1953, after the monumental Everest summit. Remember, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had a Rolex strapped to his wrist when he conquered that peak. Now, how's that for a conversation starter?

As you embark on your own journey of discovery, let's cut to the chase.

This Rolex Explorer Reference 5500? It's not just a watch. It's your future wingman, your timeless sidekick, your ticket to the "wow, nice watch!" club. It's like strapping a piece of history to your wrist that just happens to tell time. It's adventure and elegance all wrapped up in one stylish, vintage package. Plus, you get bragging rights - after all, how many people can say they share a timepiece with the Everest-conquering crowd? So, go on, take the plunge, get the watch, join the Rolex club. The clock's ticking, and this vintage gem isn't going to wear itself!

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Key Information

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Explorer
  • Ref.: 5500
  • Year: 1966
  • SKU: 1900


  • Movement Calibre: 1520
  • Movement Type: Automatic
  • Case Size: 34mm

Box and Papers:

  • Our Own

Condition Report

Condition Report:

Presented in good vintage condition. The gilt dial id absolutely stunning with only faint marks which can be seen at some angles.

The hands are darker than the dial plots and may have been replaced or re-lumed in the past. The lume is missing from the second hand. If the new owner prefers having the lume on the hands coloured matched to the dial is an easy and relatively inexpensive job.

The case remains in overall good order. There are some light scratches and dings as would be expected for a watch of this age, especially one made for exploring!!

The movement has just received a comprehensive service and is backed by our 1 year warranty. Finally the watch is fitted to a new 3rd party suede strap (others straps available on request).

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For orders placed before 2pm orders will be shipped the same day.

Your watch will be carefully packaged and shipped fully insured with leading global courier companies.

Delivery Prices:

Delivery within the UK is Free. Delivery within Europe is £60. Delivery for the Rest of the World is £80.


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1 Year Warranty

All Our Watches are Covered by Our World-Class, 1 Year International Warranty.

Should your watch run into mechanical issues we'll repair it. For full details see our terms and conditions here.


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