1953 Oyster Perpetual - Identification & restoration help required

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1953 Oyster Perpetual - Identification & restoration help required

Joined: October 1st, 2017, 10:02 am

October 1st, 2017, 10:05 am #1

Recently got hold of a 1953 Rolex owned by my grandfather. Need some help determining the exact model.

The paperwork states that it's a 5501 but I couldn't find any additional information on this, is it an Explorer or Air King? The chronometer paperwork puts it as f.5501 movement, case no 935452...

Any recommendations on how to get this restored? Apparently the service center here in Singapore doesn't handle anything prior to 1970.

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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

October 1st, 2017, 12:49 pm #2

The F5501 is the movement number on the autowind likely.

There should be another number without a letter which is the base movement number.

If you could show the timing cert and the guarantee with any numbers I could help sort that for you.

Should be a 6286 It has the milled bezel which is indicated by the (6) in the model number.

It is basically a 6284 with a different bezel.

You can find this also between the lugs if you remove the bracelet.

I would gladly service it for you but I am in the USA.

If you don't mind sending it I can take care of it.

I have a good bit of new and used material for the movement. Gaskets and the rest are standard fair.

A good cleaning and lubrication with regulation and water test and you should be good to go.

RolexWatchTime@att.net
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janiceandfred
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Joined: August 2nd, 2007, 1:28 pm

October 4th, 2017, 7:12 am #3

Recently got hold of a 1953 Rolex owned by my grandfather. Need some help determining the exact model.

The paperwork states that it's a 5501 but I couldn't find any additional information on this, is it an Explorer or Air King? The chronometer paperwork puts it as f.5501 movement, case no 935452...

Any recommendations on how to get this restored? Apparently the service center here in Singapore doesn't handle anything prior to 1970.

Images:
https://imgur.com/a/0A37A
https://imgur.com/a/qhpx0
https://imgur.com/a/mWuKc
what a gorgeous example of 50's snazz! as typical of that era, many of these classic twotone oysters came on stainless bracelets. i have had a few similar old oysters and they all seem to be from 1953 so that particular year must have been a big run by rolex on case manufacturing. however i never came across that milled bezel style before and it is very interesting.

i would contact Tommy (RolexWatchTime) and take him up on his offer as he knows these old oysters in and out and yours will be in good hands! shipping from Singapore to RolexWatchTime in Texas is easy peasy so get it done right and enjoy your family heirloom for decades to come

best wishes from the deep tropics!

fred
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