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Rolex Oyster Speedking reference 5054, 1948

Rolex Oyster Speedking reference 5054, 1948

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A stunning example of the history-rich Rolex Speedking 5056

The Rolex Speedking, a true horological icon, has a rich and storied history. It is often said that the allure of a timepiece lies in the intricacies of its design and the artistry of its mechanics. For the Rolex Speedking Reference 5056, this statement holds true.

The Rolex Speedking's journey began in 1945 when Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, decided to create a watch that was both elegant and reliable. Named after the "king of speed" Sir Malcom Cambell a known Rolex fan and breaker of speeds, at 300 mph Cambell set the record for fastest on land speed in 1935.

The Speedkings more well-known claim-to-fame is that it was the "POW watch". During the Second World War, Rolex offered all British prisoners of war in Germany the opportunity to purchase a Rolex which would be delivered to their POW camp but could be paid for after the war was done! As the Speedking was the affordable option it became the popular choice among POWs.

The Reference 5056 boasts a clean, straightforward design with a stainless-steel Oyster case measuring 30mm in diameter. This smaller case size gives the watch a vintage charm that many collectors find appealing. The watch face is adorned with classic Arabic numerals and features a 'sword' style hour and minute hand. The dial is usually available in either black or silver, with a few rare examples featuring a gilt dial. The watch is powered by a manual-wind movement that is not only exceptionally accurate but also incredibly durable.

The Rolex Speedking Reference 5056 is a remarkable timepiece that has stood the test of time. From its origins as "POW watch" to its current status as a treasured collector's item, the Reference 5056 remains a symbol of resilience, craftsmanship, and timeless elegance. Whether you're a seasoned collector or simply a fan of horological history, the Rolex Speedking Reference 5056 is a piece that deserves admiration and appreciation.

Important: Please note this watch is currently with our watchmaker and will ship to you once it's returned. 

You can secure it today at a pre-listing discount by simply paying a 10% deposit. Deposits are non-refundable to avoid watches being held by non-serious buyers, however in the unlikely event something untoward were to come up during service, we would of course refund your deposit.

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Key Information

Rolex Oyster Speedking reference 5054

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Speedking
  • Ref.: 5056
  • Year: 1948
  • SKU: 1908


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  • Case Size: 30mm

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