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A HOMAGE TO AVIATION

THE AIR-KING

The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. Updated for the modern professional, it retains the original aesthetics from the 1950’s, with its distinctive black dial and the combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals and a minute scale for navigational time reading. This model also marks the first appearance in which Rolex has their emblem in green and yellow.

AERONAUTICAL HERITAGE

In 2016 Rolex introduced the Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. The new Air-King, with a 40 mm case in 904L steel, 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. The dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s.

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In honour of aviation

The new Rolex Air-King is a perfect illustration of Rolex’s ties with the world of aviation. The 1930s was the golden age of flying when the incredible advancement of aircraft performance led to the introduction of long-distance flights. Charles Douglas Barnard, an English aviator and pioneer of the era, set a number of flight records. He said of the Oyster: “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.”

Perpetual calibre 3131

The Rolex Air-King’s beautifully finished and decorated calibre 3131 has been developed and manufactured entirely by Rolex, in keeping with the brand’s resolute quality standards. The oscillator features a blue Parachrom hairspring offering greater stability to temperature variations and more precision in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. The oscillator has a large balance wheel with variable inertia, regulated very precisely by gold Microstella nuts and held in place by a height-adjustable traversing bridge.

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