For some, the Rolex Air King series replica watches are either a love-it-or-hate-it watch. For the purists, the contemporary and edgy design might not be their cup of tea. For them, Rolex is no-nonsense and solid, with a timeless and classic aesthetic. But for others, the Air King’s aesthetics may be the tinge of excitement that many classic Rolex models miss.
The new Air King reignites Rolex’s ties with aviation since its golden age in the 1930s. Many historical flights were timed with Rolex Oysters. For example, the Houston Expedition, which was the first ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 meters in extreme weather conditions. And when in 1934, Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller made a return voyage from London to Melbourne in record time on board a twin engine De Havilland Comet, using a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer. The new Air King is Rolex’s tribute to these heyday, and their way of tipping their hat to the epic story of aviation.
Needless to say, the main talking point of the Air King is probably the dial design. As mentioned in our news article previously, we reckon the Air King was partially inspired by the devices that Rolex produced for the Bloodhound SSC project. Bloodhound SSC was an attempt to break the world land speed record, where Rolex waterproof fake watches developed and engineered two bespoke cockpit instruments – a speedometer and an analog chronograph.
As for the “3, 6, and 9” hour markers, you would have certainly guessed that it came from another iconic Rolex timepiece as well – the Explorer. The combination works rather well, and we feel that it gives the watch a unique identity. In fact, you could probably recognize this piece from afar with ease.
On top of that, the dial features some rather interesting details as well. For instance, the Rolex Crown logo is finished in bright yellow, while the word “Rolex” is done in dark green. The latter is matched with an equally unusual green seconds hand. The color and font of these details are a throwback to the original Air King design language used on the model in the 1950s.
In addition, the usual Rolex elements still apply. These include the “Mercedes” hour hand, the 40mm stainless steel Oyster case replica Rolex watches, as well as the durable Oyster bracelet. Additionally, the bracelet is accompanied by a steel folding Oysterclasp, which features a Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the bracelet to be lengthened by 5mm. It is pretty useful, as the bracelet can be shortened/ lengthened without the need to remove or add any additional links.