1954 Rolex Oyster-Perpetual Metropolitan


Here is very rare ref. 5502 Rolex Oyster-Perpetual Metropolitan housed in a large-looking 34mm gold-plated case with stainless steel back and housing a just-serviced butterfly rotor, caliber 1530 automatic winding Rolex movement. This watch dates to 1954 (282xxx), when Rolex began experimenting with new names of their watches, prior to the introduction of the Explorer. Explorer, Metropolitan, and Meritus were a few of the names that were used on dress-version Rolex watches marketed in Canada in 1954-1955 with only the Explorer making it to mass production. The Metropolitan is the rarest of all three of these experimental dress watches. This example is truly fabulous! The two-tone dial is completely original with lovely patina and Dauphine hands with blued steel sweep seconds. The middle section is reflective, and on an angle in real life displays a much cleaner and less-spotty looking silver reflective interior. These close-up photos enhance the age greatly. The case was just re-plated to provide the original luster. These lugs are elongated (43.2mm) and the case is 34mm wide – all beautiful. An authentic Rolex leather band and Rolex gold-plated buckle (both new) are installed to enhance the look and value of this rare and collectable watch.

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