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Old 24 January 2020, 01:54 AM   #1
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 5500 from 1973

Saw that craft and tailored was selling a Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref 5500 from 1973, but from looking up the ref number the ref #5500 corresponds to the Air King. Was this a time period where Rolex did not put Air-King on the dial?
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Old 24 January 2020, 02:20 AM   #2
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Dunno about that but the coronet looks wonky and it's got an extravagantly engraved 1002 caseback to keep things interesting.

I do like the looks of that 1675/8 they've got, but not the price!
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Old 24 January 2020, 02:38 AM   #3
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I've seen 5500's called "Explorer" and "Metropolitan" (and some "Everest" 5504's even) but this plain Oyster Perpetual is a new one to me.
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Old 24 January 2020, 02:42 AM   #4
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Better shot of the dial:

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Old 24 January 2020, 02:49 AM   #5
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I have no reason to doubt craft and tailored, could this be dial be because it was ordered by a company for an employee's 25th year?
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Old 24 January 2020, 05:11 AM   #6
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It is probably a new dial fitted to the case without regard to it's originality.

It's a shame because a 5500 Explorer original is a sought after piece, and Air-Kings have history.
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