Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with gloss underline double -T 25 dial and original receipt  Explorer, Ref: 5500, Sold 11th June 1966

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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with gloss underline double -T 25 dial and original receipt
Explorer, Ref: 5500, Sold 11th June 1966

Sold for £ 7,312 (US$ 9,237) inc. premium
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic bracelet watch with gloss underline double -T 25 dial and original receipt
Model: Explorer
Reference: 5500
Date: Sold 11th June 1966
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1530 automatic, adjusted to 5 positions
Dial: Black gloss, gilt underline, double -T 25 at 6, luminous baton hour markers, Arabic numeral quarters, gilt outer minute track, polished Mercedes hands with luminous inserts, centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down back and crown, inside back date coded IV.63, No.971***
Strap/Bracelet: Fitted 6635 Oyster rivet link
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp, stamped 4 65
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 34mm
Accompaniments: Original receipt

Footnotes

  • Traditionally, the reference 5500 is associated with Rolex's Air-King design. For a few years in the 1960s however, Rolex also produced a small number of reference 5500 watches with Explorer dials that were almost indistinguishable from the classic Explorer Reference 1016. Instead of "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" the dials would spell out "Precision" or "Super Precision" below the hands.

    The current example is an exceedingly rare variation of the Explorer dial with a number of features to set it apart. The gilt lacquer finish showcases the Underline beneath the Super Precision and a double -T25 printing perfectly.
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