The New Rolex Air King is one of the most well-known and widely missed Rolex watch model. Just when everyone thought Rolex had discontinued the Oyster Perpetual Air King for good in 2014, yet Rolex releases it earlier this year at Baselworld 2016. The all new Air King has a retro-futuristic look, in addition to re-use of their “Air King” logo from the 1950s version of the same watch.
Rolex Air King model was first released in 1945 along with Rolex Datejust, and has gone through multiple modifications over the years. The Air King was known by being smaller, entry-level, date-less cousin of the DateJust. Rather, it now seems like it has up-market from the point it was departed – as though the bigger version of Rolex Explorer.
Rolex Air King – true aviator’s watch
Oyster Perpetual Air King has long ties with the aviation world in the 1930s. Furthermore, it was the golden age of aviation where spectacular progress in aircraft performance were made – which led to the introduction of long-distance flights. Charles Douglas Barnard (a pioneer of their era) Said: “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes and I propose to use it on all my long-distance flights in the future”.
Hence, it was clear that Rolex Air King had played it’s role in the epic story of aviation. The new Air King perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster.
Rolex Air King and it’s new face
First of all, Rolex Air King is now with 40mm case, instead of it’s previous 34mm. Its dial features a pure black dial with a contrasting steel looking large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and prominent minute scale. Meanwhile, the name Air-King was given the same touch that was tailored for the model in the 1950s. Most noteworthy, the Air-King has a true soft-iron case giving it its’ anti-magnetic shield (a feature shared with the Rolex Milgauss).
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King – Bracelet
Oyster Perpetual Air King uses 904L stainless steel. A material that is used in high technology, aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. As a result, the super-alloy 904L is highly resistant and very publishable.
The Oyster bracelet is a perfect design that is both robust and comfortable. It is equipped with an Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link. Much as this allows the wearer to adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5mm.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King – 3131 Movement
The Air King equips with Calibre 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Same like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 3131 is a certified Swiss chronometer. A designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Above all, its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.
In conclusion, we feel that Rolex Air King is a very robust sports watch. Every component of the watch, from the case to the bracelet seems like it is very solid – like how a Rolex should be. For this reason, we think that this watch might also attract the younger watch enthusiast. Presumably, a new and exciting entry-level Rolex.
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