The new Rolex Air-King watch unveiled

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Rolex draws on its aeronautical history with the new Oyster Perpetual Air-King

Increased legibility and redesigned proportions characterize the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

Rolex builds on a rich aviation history with the release of the new Oyster Perpetual Air-King. The new model rethinks a classic watch design, with straight flanks and a crown guard redrawing the parameters of the case.

The proportions have also been redesigned, with the three-link bracelet enlarged and now fitted for the first time with the Oysterlock safety clasp for added robustness. The new guaranteed water-resistant depth of 100m is even more reassuring, while the central part of the case is created from a solid block of Oystersteel – Rolex’s strong steel alloy with wear-resistant properties. corrosion – which adds to the toughness of the whole. The caseback is secured with screws only accessible by Rolex watchmakers.

The need for increased readability is behind the redesigned display, with Chromalight ensuring greater readability in the dark. The numbers 3, 6 and 9, previously created from 18k white gold, are also now filled with luminescent material. With the addition of a 0 in front of the 5, there is a new harmony in the symmetry of the case.

The new watch nods to an aeronautical relationship stretching back nearly a century, with the spirit of experimentation that characterized the 1930s reflected in the launch of long-distance flights and frequent pilot records. , often wearing a Rolex Oyster on the wrist. Rolex watches were also useful for some pilots who preferred to use them as a reliable on-board chronometer. It’s a story alluded to by the face of the watch, where the name “Air-King” became a permanent feature when it was launched in 1958, with the black dial appearing in 2016.

The Oyster Perpetual Air-King joins other new watches, including the GMT Master II, Day-Date 40, Datejust 31, Yacht-Master 42 and Yacht-Master 40, as Rolex’s leading watches this year. §

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