Rolex Air King Pool Oil

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SKU AS01232
SKU AS01232

Why We Love it

Ah, the Presentation Watch. A gift presented to employees to commemorate years of dedicated service to the company. Today you'd be lucky to get a gift card to Applebee's to mark 25 years of continuous service.  But not so for The Greatest Generation - they got the good stuff.

We've encountered a wide variety of Presentation Watches from the mid-20th Century, most being bought as one-offs with special engravings dedicated to the recipient outlining their record of employment. These pieces always tell an interesting story, and as you would expect, we eat them up. But many of these pieces were lesser watches to begin with, only brought up in the world by the story spelled out on their case back. But that doesn't mean that great watches weren't gifted by employers as well, and Rolex was the go-to quality timepiece for several large employers throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Often passed over by many who consider them "Entry Level", the Air King Reference 5500 is a tremendously desirable timepiece by any standard, combining a self-winding Calibre 1520 in-house movement with Rolex's signature Oyster Case sized at 34mm. The clean design of the Air King dial, devoid of a date aperature, lent itself well to additional branding, a common practice for large companies ordering timepieces in quantity.

Examples of Rolex Air King Presentation Watches have appeared on the market from brands such as Winn Dixie, Dominoes, as well as those bearing the crests of several Royal Families in the Middle East. This particular timepiece bears the logo of Pool Intairdril, a petroleum company operating in Libya in the 1980s, and is one of the rarest (and best looking!) of the Rolex Presentation Watches known.

Dating to 1980, this piece is in excellent condition throughout, with an incredibly sharp case, flawless silver sunburst dal with crisp printing and vibrant coloration, nicely patinated luminescent elements, and its original Oyster bracelet. This one is not to be missed!

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Air King Pool Oil

Rolex Air King Pool Oil

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Rolex Air King Pool Oil

Why We Love it

Ah, the Presentation Watch. A gift presented to employees to commemorate years of dedicated service to the company. Today you'd be lucky to get a gift card to Applebee's to mark 25 years of continuous service.  But not so for The Greatest Generation - they got the good stuff.

We've encountered a wide variety of Presentation Watches from the mid-20th Century, most being bought as one-offs with special engravings dedicated to the recipient outlining their record of employment. These pieces always tell an interesting story, and as you would expect, we eat them up. But many of these pieces were lesser watches to begin with, only brought up in the world by the story spelled out on their case back. But that doesn't mean that great watches weren't gifted by employers as well, and Rolex was the go-to quality timepiece for several large employers throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Often passed over by many who consider them "Entry Level", the Air King Reference 5500 is a tremendously desirable timepiece by any standard, combining a self-winding Calibre 1520 in-house movement with Rolex's signature Oyster Case sized at 34mm. The clean design of the Air King dial, devoid of a date aperature, lent itself well to additional branding, a common practice for large companies ordering timepieces in quantity.

Examples of Rolex Air King Presentation Watches have appeared on the market from brands such as Winn Dixie, Dominoes, as well as those bearing the crests of several Royal Families in the Middle East. This particular timepiece bears the logo of Pool Intairdril, a petroleum company operating in Libya in the 1980s, and is one of the rarest (and best looking!) of the Rolex Presentation Watches known.

Dating to 1980, this piece is in excellent condition throughout, with an incredibly sharp case, flawless silver sunburst dal with crisp printing and vibrant coloration, nicely patinated luminescent elements, and its original Oyster bracelet. This one is not to be missed!

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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