We always offer watches that are on the ‘cusp’ of taking off in price, and this rare ref. 5516 Rolex Air-King Super Precision from 1962 is no exception! This watch was just authenticated at Rolex and a very high-quality Rolex lizard band and gold-plated buckle were installed, with the service box, polish cloth, and original Rolex bag included. The original stainless steel case measures 34mm and glistens without any major dings or scratches, original gold winding crown, and a rare gold-plated bezel as marked on the inside case-back. This watch is correctly signed ref. 5500 between the lugs and 5516 on the case-back with description to denote the gold-plated bezel. The ref. 5516 appears to be quite rare and we think was made only for the Canadian market. Super Precision Rolex Air-Kings are rare in their own right, but this ref. 5516 is most definitely the rarest of the lot. This champagne-coloured dial is completely original and wonderful looking, having raised gold-coloured markers and matching Dauphine hands with sweep seconds. The caliber 1530 rotor automatic movement (just cleaned and overhauled) by our watchmaker, is super reliable. The look of these early Air-Kings is more streamlined than the later versions, with more dial and a narrower bezel, offering a true ‘vintage-Rolex’ look.