The Rolex Air-King is designed by Rolex to pay tribute to the pioneers of aviation and the signature Oyster’s role in flight’s epic story.
With a 40mm case made in Oystersteel, with a solid-link Oyster bracelet and Oysterclasp, the Air-King has a distinctive black dial. The aim of the maker is for this watch to perpetuate the aeronautical heritage of Rolex’s original Oyster.
Introduced at the end of the Second World War, the Rolex Air-King was part of the Series that included the Air-Lion and Air-Tiger along with the Air-Giant. These are all created to honor the British RAF pilots of the Second World War. They became the watches of choice for many pilots over time.
Have a read on NanaDC to discover what makes the Rolex Air-King stand out. It not only discusses the watch’s history and features but it also compares two of the classic references to the line of available Air King watches that are current.
If you want to know if there’s a value to owning an Air-King then this is the place to come. The review provides answers to some of the many frequently asked questions.
The critique focuses on three of Rolex’s bestselling models: the references 5500 and 14000, as well as the latest model reference 116900.
All three of the classic line’s models have unique aspects that have captured luxury watch enthusiasts’ imaginations for many years. Any self-respecting horology enthusiast who is seeking an excellently priced Rolex watch would be wise to consider the Rolex Air-King line of watches.
They all have clean lines, coupled with classic and simple styling. The readable design has all the hallmarks of a brand with deep roots in the history of aviation that Rolex can boast.
The Air-King was introduced by Rolex with reference 116900 back in 2016, two years after it had been discontinued. The 116900 offered a total redesign of both the case and the dial. Although much of this watch includes improvements and changes to the watch’s classic editions, some horology enthusiasts treat the 116900 as a new model.
The Rolex Air-King 116900 is encased in the same 40mm as the Milgauss model. It even includes the Milgauss's magnetic shielding. What Rolex has replaced is the simple watch face designs of previous Air-King editions. Now it has a distinct and highly readable watch face. The Arabic numerals and the minutes scale have been made prominent for the purposes of noting the navigational time. They stand out against the watch’s black background.
The Rolex 116900 perpetual movement uses a caliber 3131. This is labeled a Superlative Chronometer, and provides accuracy of -2/+2 seconds each day. The 3131 movement employs Rolex’s shock-resistant and patented technology along with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. Along with the Superlative Chronometer, the watch mechanism comes with a 48-hour power reserve and a COSC certification.
The Rolex 116900 also benefits from an easily visible Chromalight display. This makes for very easy reading when its dark. The reference 116900 is in some ways similar to its stablemate, the Rolex Milgauss. Both the Milgauss and 116900 watches share the use of the caliber 3131 with its electromagnetic shielding.