Rolex Air King Gilt Dial -1977

Rolex Air King Gilt Dial -1977

It's good to be the king.

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 incomprehensibly enormous, 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's Oyster Case is probably one of the most ubiquitous designs in the modern era, and can be found in the simplest Oyster Perpetuals 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, Rolex'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.  

This particular piece is especially intriguing because it has a gorgeous matte black, gilt dial, complete with stylized 'Air-King' script.  Gilt dials are highly prized among collectors, and often command huge premiums, making this execution an incredible value proposition ringing in at thousands under what other gilt dials go for.  

With a full service and a professionally restored case, this piece is ready for any fan of the brand with the big crown.  


Stainless Steel Oyster Case is 34mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 5500. Circa 1977.

Overall Condition: The watch is in excellent condition overall. Stainless case has recently been completely refinished and shows no glaring marks or blemishes. Original black gilt dial is in exceptional condition, with no spots or debris of any kind. Original matching gold handset is in good condition. Original case back and Rolex signed crown.

Includes original Rolex Oyster bracelet (Ref. 78350 with #557 Endlinks

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