We currently have a stunning Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King available in store, so we thought we would take a closer look at this fantastic timepiece...
The Rolex Air-King is a watch that celebrates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. Many Rolex fans have been waiting for the re-introduction of this old classic. We think it looks stunning on the wrist, still maintaining its aviation roots whilst being technically advanced. The new Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 really does highlight Rolex’s strong connection with the world of aviation from the 1930s. From this time there was incredible progress in aircraft performance, especially for long-distance flights. During the 40’s and 50’s as flying distances increased, pilots were starting to travel throughout multiple time zones more regularly.
Early use in WW2
The Rolex Air-King was initially released after the Second World War, and now is the only remaining watch in production from the original Air Series. After the war in 1945, the Air-King (ref.4925) was the follow-on to the 4365 series of "Air" models, created to honour the RAF pilots of the war. Like so many other Rolex models, the Air-King was designed for a specific purpose. Over the years, pilots adopted the model, with some companies, like Pan Am even giving them as gifts to retired pilots.
The Rolex Air-King has a interesting history spanning nearly 70 years of continuous production. Rolex continued producing them and they remained extremely popular with enthusiasts. The new Air-King, has a 40 mm case in 904L steel and features a distinctive black dial.
It has a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minute scale for navigational time readings. The black dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model back in the 1950s. We particularly like how the Rolex logo stands out in green and yellow, green being the emblematic colour of the brand. It also carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex last year, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
Although it is sometimes considered an “entry-level” Rolex, the Air-King certainly does not skimp on quality. Many celebrities have been spotted wearing one over the years, and we are sure many more will now the new one is available this year. We particularly liked that Australian model Miranda Kerr was spotted wearing a stunning Air-King with striking blue dial. This certainly is a timepiece fit both for a King and Queen!
If you are quick you can be wearing this rarely seen Rolex 116900 'Air-King' watch! Now available with everything including the balance of its 5 year Rolex international warranty. Purchased from Knightsbridge this watch comes complete with its original box and papers.
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