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Oyster Perpetual

Air-King

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Air-King
Oyster, 40 mm, steel

A Homage to Aviation

The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation. With its 40mm case in 904L steel, solid-link Oyster bracelet with Oysterclasp, and distinctive black dial, the new Air-King is as functional as it is timeless. Updated for the modern wearer but keeping with the aesthetics of the 1950s model, the new Oyster Perpetual Air-King perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster.

904L Stainless Steel

Model features

Rolex uses 904L stainless steel for its steel watch cases. 904L is mainly used in the high technology, aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. A superalloy, 904L is extremely resistant and highly polishable. It maintains its beauty even in the harshest environments.

Black Dial

Model features

The Air-King dial features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minute scale for navigational time readings. It bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s.

The Oyster bracelet

Model features

The Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology, designed to be both robust and comfortable. It is equipped with an Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link, also exclusive to Rolex. This ingenious system allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, providing additional comfort in any circumstance.

3131 Movement

Model features

The Air-King is equipped with calibre 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. 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. Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.

Conquering the Sky

Model features

The new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s privileged ties with the world of aviation during its golden age in the 1930s. It was a period when spectacular progress in aircraft performance constantly ex-panded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skies, and led to the introduction of long-distance flights. One of the pioneers of this era, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records. Of the Oyster, he 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”.

Reference 116900
Model case
Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, steel
Oyster architecture
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter
40 mm
Material
904L steel
Bezel
Smooth
Winding crown
Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Movement
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical , self-winding , with a magnetic shield to protect the movement
Calibre
3131, Manufacture Rolex
Precision
-2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve
Bracelet
Bracelet
Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material
904L steel
Clasp
Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial
Black
Certification
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

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