Rolex Explorer Gilt Dial Super Precision 5500


The Explorer that punches above its weight

We are offering a very beautiful and seldom seen Explorer reference 5500, fitted with its original gilt dial. Early Rolex sports watches feature gilt dials, which have a glossy finish. The text and outer minute markers on these dials are a gold colour – hence the term gilt.

The colour is actually the brass dial base showing through, as the dials were printed with the text ‘in relief’. This watch is really cool and packs a punch far beyond its 34mm case size. The lume on the 3-6-9 is very clean and the gilt text is perfect. The case is in very good, strong overall condition. The rivet bracelet is a reference 6635, with stretch links and is in really great condition. The bracelet has 57 endlinks and clasp stamped ‘2/69’.

An original insurance paper that states the watch is an Explorer accompanies the watch. The watch has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.


- Reference 5500
- Serial 135xxxx dating to 1966
- Gilt dial with correct double T25 markings
- Oyster rivet bracelet reference 6635 with 57 endlinks
- Original insurance document stating “Explorer”
- Fully serviced by our watchmaker
- 1 year mechanical warranty
- Includes a handmade single leather watch pouch
- Free worldwide Fedex Priority shipping

We Love Watches

We are passionate about vintage watches and we love talking about them! That is why we don't sell our watches with a simple "Add to cart" button, but instead try to emulate a truly boutique experience online. Helping you find your perfect vintage watch is our Watch Department’s raison d’etre. Whatever you would like to ask, please do. Building our community of watch lovers is central to our mission at Bulang and Sons.

We Know Watches

At Bulang and Sons we have sold thousands of watches over the years. We are a small team of experienced collectors and connoisseurs who are all part of an extensive global network of buyers and sellers. We have a great reputation for offering only the highest quality watches. We have one simply rule: we only buy and sell watches we want to own ourselves. And yes, we are still collectors too.

We Guarantee Watches

As collectors, we know how intense the search for a specific vintage watch can be. Once you find it at Bulang and Sons, we want to make things easy, safe and fast for you. Therefore, we offer the most comprehensive return policy and warranty; you will not find a safer place on the internet to buy a vintage watch. You can relax and enjoy your deal with Bulang and Sons.

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