Classic Timepiece: There is a wide range of watches that one can choose from. Since the release of the first wristwatches, the innovations made to elevate this classic tool started to surface all around. Soon enough, the focus was not just with accuracy and precision timekeeping but it expanded to pushing the watch’s capability to withstand extreme depths and altitudes for a more robust and versatile tool.
With the rising trend of digital or smartwatches, most people prefer this gadget over the classic timepieces that pioneered timekeeping and offer a different sense of class and elegance. This is the reason why even with the trend leaning towards digital watches, wrist watches will remain irreplaceable especially in the aspect of robustness.
In this article, we will be looking at one of the most well-known Rolex models and why this timepiece is worth investing in.
The Rolex Classics
Rolex is a well-known Swiss luxury watch manufacturer that started building its reputation in London, England in 1905. Labeled as the “World’s Most Reputable Company” for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2019, it is evident that the word Rolex indeed exudes luxury. It is a prestigious brand with its timeless designs and iconic advertising campaigns.
It has manufactured versatile timepieces from diver’s watches to racing chronographs to pilot’s watches. Rolex has also produced great and notable models for each specific field. We know about the Submariner, the Daytona and the Rolex Air King.
Although we can go on and on about the specifications of each of these classic timepieces, let’s take a closer look at the Rolex Air King, also known as the ‘Warrior Watch’.
A Sentiment to Aviation
The roots of the Air King date back to World War II. During that time, Rolex was producing watches for the British Air Force. In 1945, the Air King proved to be one of the most durable of the “Air” models then.
Thanks to its robust construction imparted by the oyster case, Rolex’s Air King exceptionally withstood the pressure changes in the British aircraft. In the past, the Air King used various movements ranging from Rolex’s 1030, 1520, and 1530 movements. Recent iterations of the model use the upgraded 3030 and 03031 movements.
By 1957, Rolex sought to improve the original design and redeveloped the Air King. This design went on to be the root of all modern Air King designs. Then in 2007, The Air King was replaced by the 1142XX series that remodeled the air king to be more visually stunning.
The Rolex Air King boasts anything from a highly legible, black dial housing, and large luminated minute numerals to elegant lumed batons with 3, 6, and 9 gilt indices that are useful for navigational time readings.
The Air King sports the Oyster Steel case built to withstand corrosion and daily wear and tear, and with the comfortable yet durable Oyster bracelet, the Air King is an easy everyday companion. The watch is also fitted with a scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal and is tested to be 100 meters water resistant with the help of the screw-down twin lock crown.
A Rolex watch would not be complete without a Rolex movement and this watch is powered by the COSC certified Rolex 3131 automatic self-winding movement with a power reserve of 48 hours.
This movement, in particular, is also equipped with a magnetic shield to combat the effects of magnetic fields on the accuracy of the movement and operates an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per day as with Rolex’s many precise and reliable movements.
Classic Timepiece: The watch is priced at around 6,000 to 5,000 US dollars which in comparison is much affordable than other Rolex models. Even with this modest price tag, you still have the same high-quality features that other Rolex watches offer. This is the perfect choice for people looking for an affordable luxury watch that does not cut corners in regards to performance.
Aside from performance, the watch is also consistent with the material, design and craftsmanship that Rolex is known for. For an entry-level watch, the engineering that goes into this timepiece is on par with others above its price range.
Classic Timepiece: The Rolex Air King is a hidden gem that stands out from the rest. In a world where divers watches and dress watches dominate, the Rolex Air King inhabits a gray area of finesse and beauty. It is ultimately the best piece to add to or to start your Rolex collection, without breaking the bank!