1970 Rolex Stainless Steel "Air King"
A rare stainless steel Rolex "Air King". This watch is part of the long established and popular Rolex "Air" series. The "Air" series from Rolex came to pass as a result of Mr. Hans Wilsdorf's, the founder of Rolex, deep admiration for the pilots of the RAF, and the sacrifices made during WWII, and the fact that many had chosen to wear his watches. Rolex introduced a number of "Air" branded watches; "Air Tiger", "Air Giant", "Air Lion", and this, the "Air King".
The "Air King" is perhaps the best known model in this series, and the only one that has stood the test of time, still featuring in the Rolex stable today. The first "Air King" was launched by Rolex in 1945, and took on a number of different guises and references. This watch is one of the later models that shares the same reference as the early smaller cased Rolex Explorer model; 5500. The serial number for the watch is 2,466,XXX dating it circa 1970. The stainless steel case is in good condition showing light signs of polishing over the years. The dial is original, and also rare being a "no lume" dial and handset. The movement inside the watch is the automatic Rolex calibre 1520. The watch is presented on its original Rolex Oyster bracelet with date code having also being made in the fourth quarter of 1970. A classic piece of Rolex watch making history that is a great watch to wear day and night.
Case measurement: 34mm
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