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Heavy is the wrist that wears the Crown. Yeah right! It’s fucking awesome.
When wading through the sea of vintage Rolex, it can be difficult to know in which direction one should travel. At times, the divide between the tool watch models - the Submariners and Explorers - and the dressier gentlemen's pieces - Presidents, Datejusts and the like - seems incomprehensible, and it can be hard to know just what each model and execution would be suit you best.
But wrapped around each iconic Rolex is the understated benchmark of the brand's success. The Rolex Oyster Case is probably one of the most ubiquitous designs in the modern era, and can be found in the simplest Oyster Precisions to the most sought after Explorers and Submariners. It is the silent canvas upon which every one of the brand's executions has been painted, and regardless of the movement that fills it, or the dials that adorn it, this simple and elegant case is a huge part of the brand's global success.
The Rolex Air King, the brand’s most attainable model, is no different. Built upon the sturdy foundation of a 34mm Oyster Case, the Air King is one of the cleaner Rolex designs with simple stick markers and baton hands. And while recent trends have deemed the Air King a bit on the small side, modern manufactures are beginning to re-focus on slimmer, simpler cases, making this svelte, classy design totally en vogue.
With a gorgeous silver dial Alpha hands and spear markers, this particular Air King is certainly one of the best looking execution. Whether this is your first watch from The Crown or your tenth, the Air King is a solid choice.
Steel Oyster case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 5500. Circa 1963.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition over all, showing only very light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Original dial is in excellent condition. Luminescent elements on dial and original hands show light, even patina. Original case back and Rolex-signed crown.
Includes one brown leather strap and two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.