Rolex Air-King 5500 'Saudi Armed Forces'

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1945, in the turmoil of the Second World War, Rolex released the Air-King to honor the British Royal Air Force.
The Air-King is one of the oldest lines of Rolex watches. With its pure, minimalist design and function it has become a true cult classic. This reference 5500, with its caliber 1530 dates back to 1977. The stainless steel case measures 34 mm in diameter, which is slightly smaller than most men's models, such as the Datejust and Day-Date. However, thanks to its no-nonsense design, it is an impressive and very masculine timepiece. What we, at Amsterdam Vintage Watches, truly hold dear about this piece is its lovely crest dial. Over the years, mostly during the '50s until the '80s, Rolex has made many dials with logos and military insignas. Primarily, for the Arab market. Probably, the logo dial started as a special order from a good client, became more popular and finally, Rolex made these dials as gifts for their best customers. The 'Saudi Armed Forces' dial were gifted to government officials from Saudi-Arabia. Furthermore, the watch has a silver dial with 18k yellow-gold applied baton markers and matching hands. It is just such a beautiful contrast with the stainless steel case and Oyster bracelet.


Rolex Air-KingThe RAF pilots were honored for their duty in 1945, when Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf named a series of Oyster watches after them. The Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-Tiger might not sound familiar as they were discontinued shortly after production. However there is one model still being produced, even after 70 years: the Air-King. Over the years Rolex kept refining the Air-King and they continued to issue new reference numbers. All the different reference numbers have somethings in common. They are all simple designs, executed in steel, and with a no-nonsense reliable movement. Although it has always been among the least costly models from Rolex, it is loved by many watch enthusiasts.


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