Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 40mm

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s (registered name in the 1940s). 116900 is one of the novelties of the Swiss brand in 2016. For those of us who know us, we once again shared our annual forecast, but imagine our surprise when we see this new, bigger Sky King! Two years ago, Rolex Air-King stood out from the series, and the pretty Rolex, unlike its short pause, came back – and the style is very new. We will be involved in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference. 116900.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s

The original Rolex Air-King was designed in the 1950s and since then it is a model of aviation. Rolex has always played a vital role in the pioneering era of the aviation industry; for they accompanied the first ever flight over Mount Everest, which is more than 10,000 meters high. A year later, Oyster Perpetual was used as an onboard timer for a return flight from De Haviland Comet to London to Melbourne. The new 40mm Rolex  type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.

Clean dials and excellent readability remain key factors. But let’s not forget something very unusual; the soft iron inner shell around the movement gives the Rolex Air-King anti-magnetic properties – this is a function shared with Rolex Milgauss (even if Rolex did not mention Air-King in this Soft iron inner shell resistance…). It makes Air-King a suitable pilot watch: clear, sporty and resistant to aircraft cockpit environment (or modern life made with cell phones and magnets…)

The new 40mm Rolex type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.
The new 40mm Rolex type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.

The 40 mm diameter of the chassis is also a prominent feature of Air-King, which is larger than ever. Previously, the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual. Divided in diameter, it shares its case with Oyster Perpetual 39, so we see the same structure, a smooth bezel, a satin polished flat surface, a satin finished bracelet, and a polished strap. The sturdy case back and screw-in crown provide a reference for this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King. 116900 waterproof 100 meters.

 the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual.
the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual.

For some people, the dial may be a little bit different than the usual Rolex products. Obviously, when the Rolex opened the window at the Basel Watch Fair 2016, not only did the new Daytona with a ceramic bezel produced some noise. This new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference. 116900 is another transcript. The numbers are inspired by military aviation timepieces and some explorer figures of the 1940s, which may seem strange at first glance.

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