The sky’s the limit
A tribute to explorers of the skies, the new‑generation Air‑King invites wearers to take command of their own destiny.
The watch has a resolutely professional appearance, its redesigned case sporting straight sides and a winding crown guard, as well as a subtle line of light along the middle case.
Inspired by aircraft instruments, the model’s emblematic dial, introduced in 2016, has been refreshed. It offers perfect balance and improved legibility, thanks to the addition of a '0' before the '5' on the minutes scale.
The hands, the triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock, as well as the 3, 6 and 9 numerals contain an optimized luminescent material. The legibility of the display is further enhanced by a crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
The new-generation Oyster Perpetual Air-King is equipped with calibre 3230, a movement that, with a Chronergy escapement, is at the forefront of watchmaking technology.
A homage to aviation
The Air-King symbolizes the privileged relationship between Rolex and flying during the golden age of aviation in the 1930s. It pays tribute to the pilots of the era and the Oyster’s role in their epic story. The 1930s was a period when spectacular progress in aircraft performance constantly expanded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skies and led to the introduction of long-distance flights. Several pilots set records while wearing an Oyster. Others used a Rolex watch as an on-board chronometer, such as Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller, who, in 1934, made a return voyage from London (United Kingdom) to Melbourne (Australia) in record time with a twin-engine De Havilland Comet.
The watch has a resolutely professional appearance
The name ‘Air-King’ has featured on the dial since its launch in 1958, in lettering that makes the model immediately recognizable. Since 2016, the Air-King has had a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minutes scale for optimal navigational time readings. The green seconds hand echoes the brand’s emblematic colour.