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Rolex

Reference 5500 Air-King, A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1978 勞力士 5500型號 Air-King 精鋼自動上鏈鍊帶腕錶,約1978年製,零售商為卡地亞

Estimate:

10,000 - 20,000 USD

Rolex

Rolex

Reference 5500 Air-King, A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1978 勞力士 5500型號 Air-King 精鋼自動上鏈鍊帶腕錶,約1978年製,零售商為卡地亞

Reference 5500 Air-King, A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1978 勞力士 5500型號 Air-King 精鋼自動上鏈鍊帶腕錶,約1978年製,零售商為卡地亞

Estimate:

10,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot sold:

10,080

USD

Authenticity guarantee

What is guaranteed?

Reference 5500 Air-King

A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with bracelet, Circa 1978


Dial: silvered

Caliber: cal. 1520 automatic, 26 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case number: 5’840’635

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster folded bracelet with folding clasp

Size: 34 mm diameter, bracelet circumference is approximately 165 mm

Signed: case, dial, movement

Box: no

Papers: no

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light surface wear and previous light polish. The bracelet is in equivalent condition and has signs of stretch.


Dial: The dial is in overall very good condition. All luminous plots remain intact. Some minor losses to luminous material at 2, 6 and 9 o'clock. The Cartier signature along with the numbers engraved on the back of the lugs are later.


Movement: All functions operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Please note that dial has been later stamped Cartier.
The iconic Rolex Air King was introduced to the market in 1945.  Reference 5500 was first introduced in 1957 with its 34mm case, and remained a staple in the collection for over three decades until it was replaced by reference 14000 in 1989.  

The present example features a silvered dial adorned with the signature of the prestigious retailer, Cartier.  This iconic and rare example of the firm's beloved model is the perfect everyday wristwatch to add to one's collection.