Vintage Rolex Air-King-Date ref 5701

USD 2,795.00

Vintage Rolex Air King Date with steel case and gold bezel. Circa 1968.

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Product Description

This vintage Rolex Air King Date shares the same reference number with the Rolex Explorer Date, ref 5701 in steel with a gold bezel or ref 5700 with an all steel Oyster case.
Another curiosity is that these were the only 2 Oyster watch model in the Rolex catalog to be powered with an automatic date movement that was not a certified Chronometer. This watches used the Rolex calibre 1525, which is the Rolex 1520 with a date mechanism added. Both the Rolex Air King Date and Rolex Explorer Date from this period appeared to have limited markets. The Air King Date appeared to have been sold in only British Commonwealth markets while the Explorer Date was limited to North America, mostly the USA.
The Rolex Air King name dates back to the 1940′s and the earliest examples of the Rolex Air King Date can be found from the late 1950′s.
This Rolex Air King Date watch has a ultra clean champagne gold dial and dates to 1967 to 1968 based on the serial number. The production date of 1968 is stamped inside the inside of the case back.
The watch has been full serviced and is running perfectly.
This Rolex Oyster watch is fitted with all authentic Rolex parts, even the crystal. Also note the original gold capped Rolex crown. The watch is fitted with a generic black calf leather strap.
The Oyster case measures 34.5 mm wide (excluding the Rolex crown) by 43 mm long (from lug tip to lug tip). This watch is in excellent condition and looks wonderful on the wrist. If a buyer chooses, I can provide at additional cost, a steel Rolex Oyster strap from the same period.

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