1959 Rolex Air-King Super Precision (Ref. 5504) "36mm Case"

$ 4,650

Rolex signified its more economical timepieces with the text "Precision" printed on the dial. These watches carried in-house movements that were well-made but manually wound. This was until the Air-King was introduced to the world in 1957 and became the premier model of Rolex’s more affordable Precision model range. These watches still featured the "Precision" text, but the Air-King housed a fully automatic movement. Although the rest of the Precision model line eventually fizzled out, the modest Air-King has been updated and evolved over the years and remains a fixture within the Rolex lineup today.

In 1957, Rolex released the stainless steel Air-King ref. 5500 with a 34mm case and time-only functionality. That same year, Rolex introduced the 36mm ref. 5504, which was a split reference utilized for variations on both the Air-King model and the Explorer model. This short-lived reference is a beloved anomaly in Rolex's history for its handsome wrist presence and unique set of dial configurations and details. 

Stock # RLXAK5504
Brand Rolex
Style Air-King "Super Precision"
Model 5504
Serial 45XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver "Aged"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The exceptional case retains very thick and symmetrical lugs that show minimal evidence of previous polishing and gentle signs of use. The smooth stainless steel bezel exhibits light wear from use. The case back is in very good vintage condition with minimal wear present. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The original and beautifully preserved satin silver dial has achieved an attractive cream patina throughout. The dial exhibits some gentle elements of age that are expected of its age but shows no notable damage. The radium lume plots have taken on a warm beige coloration and show nominal degradation in only a few lume plots when inspected under UV light. The original radium alpha-style hands feature a subtle creamy patina that coordinates with the dial nicely and exhibit no notable degradation under UV light inspection.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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