Rolex 14ct Gold Air-King 5500 Grey Dial with Box & Papers (1976)

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Model Code: 5500

Referred to by many as the ‘Warrior Watch’, the Rolex Air-King has a rich, fascinating history extending back to the 1930s. Manufactured originally to pay homage to Royal Airforce pilots during the Second World War, the Air-King has evolved into a symbol of utmost finesse, prestige and importance. This particular model from 1976 incorporates some noticeable deviations from classic Rolex design, including its smoky grey dial: a rich contrast from this watch’s luscious gold material. Such experimental flavours are typical of emergent ‘70s watchmaking designs. This is further evidenced through this watch’s ‘champ dial’, which includes minimalistic gold indices and hands standing distinctly from the dusky dark hue of the dial.

Measuring at a standard 34mm diameter, this Air-King sits comfortably on the wrist with a certain head-turning charm. Most notably it comes alongside its original box and guarantee card, showing a purchase date of 12/2/76. This full set treasure from of the world’s most recognisable watch brands is one which both captures the experimental spirit of the ‘70s while retaining the classic style that Rolex built its foundations upon.

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