A clean Air-King is a Rolex you can wear and enjoy without worrying about what is on your wrist.  Model reference 5500.


From the serial number between the top lugs we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1963.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!  While the original Air-King models were released in 1945, in 1958 the 5500 reference was launched and not really changed for 37 years.  So if you want a 5500 Air-King then you will have plenty of choice, as there are a lot of them out there.  This watch has the original dial, not a repainted or restored dial, so that is a big plus.  Likewise the case looks unpolished, with good square tips to the lugs (overpolished cases have pointy lugs).  This watch would have originally been on a steel bracelet, but this has been lost and we have fitted a good quality WatchGecko blue leather strap instead.  Inside the case you will find the calibre 1530 automatic movement, running nicely, and the screw down crown is smooth too.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

This watch has been checked against the Watch Register and has not been reported as lost, stolen or implicated in fraud, and a copy of that certificate will also be included.

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Width with crown  36.7 mm

Width without crown  34.0 mm

Between lugs  19 mm

Lug to lug length  39.2 mm

Case Thickness  11.8 mm

All sizes are approximate.  The watch is photographed on a wrist of 190mm/7.5 inches.

Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon.  By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.