Rolex Speedking

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Rolex Speedking

Post by smellody » February 19th 2024, 6:47pm

Before the Submariner, Explorer, or Airking, Rolex's sports model was the SPEEDKING.

The SPEEDKING adorned the wrist of many a WW2 soldier and lived on through the 60's before succumbing to the Airking that was produced simultaneously with the SPEEDKING through the 50's and 60's.

The SPEEDKING took its name from the feats of automotive racer and journalist Sir Malcolm Campbell.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Campbell

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I love Sir Campbell's 1931 letter to Rolex.
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For some reason, I feel compelled to bring these old relics back to life when I find them. I get them serviced, finds necessary bits, and assure they will survive another 80 years.

Here are my most recent pickups that I dropped off for service a few months ago. They are back together and being regulated before returning to me.

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The Arabic numerals watch came on this 1946 NOS second generation Rolex Oyster bracelet.

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This 78 year old bracelet is stiffer than Conjurer.
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I hope I hold up this well.

Here is a group shot of all my SPEEDKINGs and their various dial configurations.
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All are REF. 4220 besides the REF. 3139 ARMY (square case) and the REF. 6056 (purple dial) with rare original super oyster crown.
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