Today's offering showcases this uncommon and original Rolex Oyster Perpetual model #5552 encased in stainless steel. The 5552 is one of the models that served as the pre-cursor to the Air King.
In constitution similar to a Datejust model except without the date display and with a slightly smaller diameter - 34mm instead of 36mm - the Oyster Perpetual clearly demonstrates the qualities associated with Rolex watches: precision, reliability, durability, and class.
Powered by the Caliber 1530 movement, the mechanism that powered later Air King watches this original vintage classic is worthy of a home in a fine collection or under the cuff of a deserving gentleman.
We purchased an impressive collection of sixteen special Pateks and Rolexes including this one from a doctor who was a collector's collector - a gentleman with tremendous knowledge, discerning taste, and a disciplined eye for detail. Each watch has an original buckle and many have original boxes.
We were fortunate to acquire it in such beautiful all-original condition. The silver dial is just short of perfect mint and has just slightly warmed, giving it a pleasing vintage look. The luminous on the original "alpha" hands matches the dial luminous perfectly - it's a beautiful butter color - and the original blue steel seconds hands complements the dial color well.
It is fully original down to the dial, hands, and winding crown. Its case presents very nicely on the wrist.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap and it has a Rolex buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Oyster Perpetual, Reference 5552
Serial number: 574,549
Year built: c. 1960
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Date, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Its presents very nicely on the wrist. It shows signs of having been polished and remnants of wear on the bottom side of the lugs from a bracelet
Dimensions: 34mm diameter, 13mm thick
Dial: Silver with applied steel baton indexes, outer minute/second division, luminous hour dots, aperture for the date. Original, mint condition with slight warming
Hands: Original, luminous steel "alphas" and blue steel seconds
Movement type: Cal. 1530, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring
Movement markings: Rolex Perpetual, Geneva, 1530, Twenty-Six Jewels
Jewels: 26 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with Rolex buckle
Width between lugs: 19mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, 'cyclops' magnifying date window, excellent condition
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.