1971 Vintage

    Rolex Air-King Vintage , 5500

    In Stock
    Was 4,995.00
    Manufacturer Code: 5500
    Availability In Stock
    Gender Mens
    SWC Ref RO-24147S
    Warranty 24-Month Service Warranty
    Age April 1971
    Model No 5500
    Box Original Box
    Papers Original Papers
    Diameter 34mm
    Brand Rolex
    Condition Pre Owned - Mint
    RRP Discontinued

    We proudly present this stunning vintage Rolex Air King for sale in mint condition, fully checked and authenticated in our accredited workshop. 

    Conceived by Hans Wilsdorf to pay tribute to World War II pilots, the Rolex Air-King boasts a remarkable production history spanning over seven decades. Pilots and fervent Rolex admirers alike have embraced the Air-King, with esteemed companies such as Pan-Am selecting these timepieces as retirement gifts for their pilots. The enduring legacy of the Air-King is a testament to its timeless design and the admiration it commands within aviation circles and beyond.

    This version of the famed Air-King, reference 5500, was first released in 1957 and was produced for a phenomenal 32 years until being discontinued in 1989. Coming set in a 34mm stainless steel Oyster case with smooth polished bezel and fitted with a screwdown crown which ensures the 10atm (100m/330ft) water resistance. The silver sandblasted dial features applied baton indicators and matching hands, whilst being protected by a domed acrylic plexi crystal. Driving the watch is the automatic calibre 1520 movement which is safeguarded by solid screwdown caseback. Lastly, this Air-King is completed by the rarer 'stretch' rivet Oyster bracelet with folding Oyster clasp. 

    Originally sold in April 1971 and in mint condition for its age following a full service, coming supplied with its original inner and outer box, swing tag and original guarantee booklet. 

    This Air-King is sold with our 24-month service warranty. 


    • Fine condition
    • 34mm Oyster case 
    • 'Stretch' rivet Oyster bracelet
    • Stainless steel
    • Silver sunburst dial
    • Baton hour markers
    • Automatic
    • Calibre 1520 
    • Plexi glass
    • Pin-hole lugs
    • Folding clasp 
    • 10atm (100m/330ft)
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