ROLEX EXPLORER 5500 'SUPER PRECISION'

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ROLEX EXPLORER 5500 'SUPER PRECISION'

  • London Showroom

    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

    +442072481321

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12 MONTH WARRANTY
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 THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ROLEX
MODEL: 5500
YEAR: 1964
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 34mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

Traditionally, the 5500 reference relates to an Air-King, but in Rolex’s wisdom, between 1958 and 1967, they fitted a small number of them with Explorer dials, dials that were almost identical to their bigger 36mm counterpart, the 1016. These 34mm delights are now extremely scarce, most now have serviced dials or have had later Air-King dials put back in.

This dial from our research is the second rarest iteration.  A Super Precision with double Swiss T<25 written on either side of the 6. The Super Precision denoted the use of the 1530 cal movement, the double Swiss T<25 denoted that Tritium with up to 25 Milliecuries of Radioactivity was now present in the luminous paint, rather than the much higher values seen with Radium paint. 

The condition of the dial and hands are superb, having come from the original owners family in Surrey, the watch was used sparingly over its life with the owner, the hands were changed in 72 to the shorter variant, but everything else has stayed true to its original form. The bracelet is a stretch rivet 6635 with 57 end links, it's stamped 1/67.

As 34mm watches go, this has to be up there with the rarest. 

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