One of the great mysteries of Rolex collecting is how come such a small market as Rolex Canada produced such an amazing variety of unusual watches. Just look at this phenomenal 5500 Explorer with one of the most unique dials of this, or any other, year. The four quarters are engraved with fine lines forming chevrons, whilst the hour markers are applied three dimensional steel arrowheads. OK, it’s only 33mm, but often greatness comes in small packages
Stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Explorer, model 5500 serial number 7732XX bears the manufacture date of the second quarter of 1962. The 5500 is the “Air King size” version of the Precision explorer as distinct from the 5504 Explorer which used the full sized case.
The dial is just amazing, the 4 sections of deeply engraved lines give it a look unlike any other dial and I love the three dimensional applied steel indices, both the arrow heads and the oversized Arabic quarter hour numerals. Rolex Canada made some of the most interesting Rolex watches of the 40s/50s/60s
The dial is signed “Super Precison” above the six, rather than the chronometer notation usually seen on Explorers. The luminous on the dial & hands has faded to an orange colour and is no longer luminous.
The movement is one of the classic 1530 calibres and although the dial is signed “Super Precision”, which normally means that the watch is not chronometer certified, nevertheless the movement is numbered 69250.
Case & movement are both 95% whilst the dial is 90%.
The watch measures 32.5mm Diam, 39.5mm lug to lug and is 12mm high; it takes a 19mm strap and a riveted oyster band bearing the date code 1/69 is fitted to the watch.
£8,000.00 ($10,500.00 Approx. US)