Rolex Air-King

The new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s privileged ties with the world of aviation during its golden age in the 1930s.

The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King is a nod to the original Rolex Oyster's aeronautical history

It was during this period that the astounding, tireless progress in aircraft performance constantly expanded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skiesby flying yet higher and yet further than ever before. 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”.

One to be certainly tried on in our boutique! With its aeronautical inspiration, on the wrist, the Air-King looks ready to take on the open skies

In 1933, Oyster watches accompanied the Houston Expedition as it made the first-ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) in extreme weather conditions and in 1934, when Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller made a return voyage from London to Melbourne (Australia) in record time with a twin-engine De Havilland Comet, they too used a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer.

The triple-link Oyster bracelet is the perfect match for the rugged-looking Air-King, with its exterior all crafted from especially corrosion-resistant Oystersteel and highly scratch resistant sapphire

As such, the modern Air-King comes equipped with an Oyster case that is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 meters, a testament to the ingenious and indeed extremely robust construction of the Rolex Oyster, whose middle case is crafted from a single block of particularly corrosion-resistant Oystersteel. Even the case-back is secured hermetically with a special tool so that only Rolex watchmakers can open and re-seal the watch.

Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case to create a perfect and reliable seal, safeguarding the inside of your Rolex watch from prevailing external conditions – rain or shine.Not only does the waterproof Oyster case provide optimum protection for the Air-King’s high-precision movement, but it is also fitted with a shield to protect against magnetic fields, a feature of pilots’ watches of the past. To top it all off, the crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire.

A reference like no other: with its alternating indices the Air-King offers a bold, novel aesthetic

Underneath its transparent front armor we find a black dial that features the original Air-King text in the same lettering that was specially designed for the model in the 1950s. White gold indices have been applied at the 3-6-9-12 positions, and a special, yellow painted Crown and green Rolex text and running seconds hand add a dash of color to the purposeful design of the Air-King.

The Air-King's applied hour markers at the 3-6-9-12 positions, as well as its main hands are crafted from 18ct gold

The 40-millimeter-wide stainless steel case encapsulates the Rolex Manufacture Caliber 3131, an automatic – or self-winding, if you like – movement with an incredible precision rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. Like all Rolex watches today, the Air-King passes the immense in-house quality controls of Rolex to earn its Superlative Chronometer designation, but only after it has conquered the rigorous tests that check water resistance, accuracy, power reserve and the efficiency of the self-winding system.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King exhibits airy lightness in its design and exceptional ruggedness in its construction

We would be happy to present you the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King in our Rolex Petite Geneve Petrovic boutiques in Budapest, Belgrade and Porto Montenegro.

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