ROLEX
AIR-KING
Model Number : 116900-71200
New 2016

ROLEX
AIR-KING

Rolex launched this version of its Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster.

Brand: ROLEX
Model Number: 116900-71200
Case size: 40mm Ø
Material: 904L Steel, soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields
Bezel: 904L Steel, smooth
Movement: Manufacture self winding, bidirectional
Calibre: 3131
Dial: Black Arabic 3.6.9 W; CHROMOLIGHT filled hands and hour markers, blue luminescence
Functions: Central hour, minutes and seconds hands
Water resistance: 100m waterproof
Bracelet/Strap: 904L Steel OYSTER bracelet with folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and 5mm EASYLINK comfort extension
Crown: TWINLOCK screw-down crown
Power Reserve: ≈48 hours
Price Range: $7,850 AUD

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

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.

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 expanded 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”.

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. In 1934, 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, using a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer. Today’s new Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation.

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