At Baselworld 2016 event, Rolex has unveiled a new Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. The new Air-King, with a 40 mm case in 904L steel, features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minute’s scale for navigational time readings. The dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s. The Air-King carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
The Air-King is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watch making norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing its superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, water-proofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
Model: Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Ref. Case 116900, ref. Bracelet 71200
Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Internal magnetic shield to protect the movement
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 904L steel, satin finish
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Winding crown: Screw down Twin-lock double water-proofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-proofness: 100 metres (330 feet)
Calibre 3131, Manufacture Rolex, Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Oscillator Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing Balance Bridge
Escapement: Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Colour: Black, satin finish
Hour markers: 3, 6, 9 in 18 ct white gold
Highly legible Chromalight triangle (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold at 12 o’clock
White transferred minute numerals
Hands: 18 ct white gold, Chromalight, green seconds hand
Type: Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L steel, satin finish, polished edges
Clasp: Folding Oyster clasp
Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
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