Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 5500 from 1979

7 Posted by - april 21, 2018 - Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 5500

Back in the days this was the entry level Rolex and because of the size nowadays this watch can be worn by men and woman. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 5500 dates back to 1979. Please note that the cream coloured sunburst dial is in perfect condition and we don’t find them that often in this condition. 

This watch is for sale by Watchworks Haarlem and here you can find some history lessons about the Air-King as well: 

The Air-King watch first saw action back in the 1930’s when British fighter pilots started wearing the Air-King as their trusted companion inside the cockpit of their fighter planes. (remember that back in those days, a wristwatch was like an extra instrument to the pilot). During that period in the 1930’s, Rolex developed several other watches similair to the Air-King with truly fantastic names! Names like; Air-Lion, Air-Tiger and Air Gigant. Most watches from this ‘Air’ line never became popular with the general public. Except for the Air King, this model and its cool name stayed in exsistence and is currently one of the longest continuously-manufactured models within the Rolex brand.

 

 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 5500