1979 Rolex Air-King (ref.5500) Pool Intairdril Logo Dial

This 1979 Rolex Air-King (ref.5500) bears a co-branded dial with the Pool Intairdril Logo. The Pool Intairdril watches are quite rare as they were produced by Rolex in the late 1970's into the early 1980's for Pool Intairdrill which was an oil servicing company. Pool Intairdrill supplied the labour, rigs, plant's etc to the big named oil companies, ie Oxy (Occidental), Agip and to the Libyan NOC (National Oil Company). The watches were given to Pool Intairdril employees typically as safety awards. Safety was a huge issue, each rig was proud of its run of accident-free days and rig managers and other personnel in charge of safety management would be given the Rolex Air kings with their names engraved into the case back along with a certificate of commendation. 

Brand Rolex
Style Air-King
Model 5500
Serial 609XXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Silver
Millimeters 34mm
Bracelet French Calf Leather Vintage Strap (Bone)



The case is in superb original condition and has not been polished. The case back is engraved with "Safty Award" and with the recipients name "Robert L Matthews" The watch will be provided on a French made calfskin leather vintage style strap.


The dial is in original and untouched condition. The bottom of the dial is signed with T SWISS T noting the use of tritium lume in the hands and at the end of the stick markers. Lume dots are fully intact and have achieved a wonderful golden yellow patina. The sword hands are original and the lume also matches the lume dots containing the same warm golden patina. 


None. The watch has just received a full service and is running at COSC spec, the watch will come backed with a 1 year warranty on movement