Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 2016

written by YWH team 12 August 2016
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 2016
Quick specs Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 2016
Price: € 5.700 | $ 6,200 | CHF 5’900 | approx. £ 4,700
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 116900
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The Air-King is back and it has grown: the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King now measures 40 millimeters, an increase of 6 millimeters compared to the classic model.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King goes back to the 1950s


The Air-King perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. That model was created by Rolex in the 1950s as a tribute to the pioneers of flight and the role that the Oyster watches had in the story of aviation. The pilot was worn by many record breaking pilots.

The case is made of corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The case back is screwed down with a tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case.

The crystal of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King is made of virtually scratch-proof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides protection for the Air-King’s high-precision movement. It is also fitted with a shield to protect against magnetic fields, a feature of pilots’ watches of the past.

Inside is the caliber 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Rolex. It features a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The Air-King is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel with a folding clasp.

Did you know that Rolex was founded in London, in 1905? Here you can read more about the history of Rolex

technical data Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 2016
Rolex 3131 (base Rolex 3130) | Automatic | Diameter: 28.5 mm (12½ lignes) | Thickness: 5.37 mm | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 31 | COSC certified | Stop-seconds device | Hours, minutes, seconds | Power-reserve: 48 hours
Case & dial:
40 mm | 904L steel | Oyster architecture with monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown | Crown with twinlock double waterproofness system | Scratch-resistant sapphire | Black dial with highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue luminescence | Water-resistance: 10 ATM / 10 bar / 100 meters / 330 feet
Oyster, flat three-piece links | 904L steel | Folding Oyster clasp
Price Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 2016:
€ 5.700 | $ 6,200 | CHF 5’900 | approx. £ 4,700

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