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Thread: Recommend me a cheap vintage Rolex beater: Air-King 5500?

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    Recommend me a cheap vintage Rolex beater: Air-King 5500?

    Hi All

    Well, it's pretty much all there in the thread title: Recommend me a cheap vintage Rolex beater: Air-King 5500?

    I mean, it's classic-yet-common and can be picked up fairly easily and relatively inexpensively.

    If not that, what?

    Thanks!

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    Spot on! It's an Oyster case and Perpetual so you shouldn't need to wind it. If you're okay with the size it is a solid choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    Spot on! It's an Oyster case and Perpetual so you shouldn't need to wind it. If you're okay with the size it is a solid choice.
    Thanks HM! I'm glad you saw this and replied. I nearly PM'd you directly as I knew you would know.

    I don't suppose you've got one in stock and need a wedding or funeral doing? :-)

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    Solid choice. I foolishly sold mine to fund an Explorer - a decision I now regret.

    Here's a little incentive





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    Another possibility, and still in keeping with the look of the oyster case would be a manually wound Precision, e.g. ref 6694 or 6426. Lovely, simple watches

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    The date version is a little rarer..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    Hi All

    Well, it's pretty much all there in the thread title: Recommend me a cheap vintage Rolex beater: Air-King 5500?

    I mean, it's classic-yet-common and can be picked up fairly easily and relatively inexpensively.

    If not that, what?

    Thanks!
    Chronomaster have a couple of Oyster Precisions that look quite nice, the prices seem very reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    The date version is a little rarer..


    Nice one Martyn! What year is this from?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalSeb View Post
    Nice one Martyn! What year is this from?



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    Mine is from 1978. cost my dad £254 - which was a lot in those days on a lab technicians wages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    Mine is from 1978. cost my dad £254 - which was a lot in those days on a lab technicians wages!
    Martyn that sir is a beauty! Definitely a fan of the olders than the newers!



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    I'm following this thread with interest. I like the idea of a Rolex beater.

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    Parker’s Jewellers generally have a decent selection of reasonably priced older Rolex. Worth a look if you’re after an older Air-King or 6694. I’d recommend a 6424, as it sits a little larger than most of the Precision models at 36mm and you don’t have to faff about with a manual set date.


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    Nah this is what you need.......affordable only because Rolex is written as Tudor.

    And as above it came from Parkers & then serviced by Brendan.



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    Some lovely little watches in the thread - thank you all for posting! makes me wish I had smaller wrists. Or that I was 20 years older!

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