*Unpolished* 1979 Rolex Air-King (Ref. 5500)
Simplicity meets the ultimate sophistication with this 1979 Rolex Air-King (ref. 5500) This is a classic and truly timeless piece that will is suitable for any occasion, and pairs perfectly with a leather strap for a more sporty look.
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 it 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 and 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.
|Bracelet||Rolex 78350 Oyster Bracelet W/ 557 End Pieces|
The stunning case remains in crisp, unpolished condition, showing strong factory finishing throughout and gentle signs of honest use. The smooth stainless steel bezel is unpolished as well and shows honest wear at the 1 o'clock position. The Rolex 78350 Oyster bracelet with 557B End pieces retains 12 links that show minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7-inch wrist.
The beautiful silver dial is in near-flawless vintage condition, showing absolutely no damage. The dial features gold markers and hands that offer a sophisticated contrast with the steel case. The lume plots show a subtle tan patina and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged to a dark patina, under U.V. light inspection the hour and minute hands display some minor degradation and remain stable.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.