The Oyster Perpetual AIR-KING Oyster, 40 mm, steel AIR-KING The Oyster Perpetual Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation. With its 40mm case in 904L steel, solid-link Oyster bracelet with Oysterclasp, and distinctive black dial, the new Air-King is as functional as it is timeless. Updated for the modern wearer but keeping with the aesthetics of the 1950s model, the new Oyster Perpetual Air-King perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. Reference 116900 MODEL CASE MOVEMENT BRACELET MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, steel MOVEMENT Perpetual, mechanical , self-winding , with a magnetic shield to protect the movement BRACELET Oyster, flat three-piece links OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 904L steel CALIBRE 3131, Manufacture Rolex FUNCTIONS Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Stop-seconds for precise time setting BRACELET MATERIAL 904L steel CLASP Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link OSCILLATOR Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring DIAL WINDING Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor DIAL Black WINDING CROWN Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system POWER RESERVE Approximately 48 hours DETAILS Highly legible Chromalight display with longlasting blue luminescence CRYSTAL Scratch-resistant sapphire PRECISION -2/+2 sec/day, after casing BEZEL Smooth WATER-RESISTANCE Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATION Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing) The Oyster Perpetual AIR-KING In 2016 Rolex introduced the 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 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. 4 Spirit of the Air-King A HOMAGE TO AVIATION The new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s privileged ties with the world of aviation during its golden age in the 1930s. It was a period when spectacular progress in aircraft performance constantly expanded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skies, and led to the introduction of long-distance flights. One of the pioneers of this era, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records. Of the Oyster, he said: “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes and I propose to use it on all my long-distance flights in the future”. In 1933, Oyster watches accompanied the Houston Expedition as it made the first-ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) in extreme weather conditions. In 1934, Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller made a return voyage from London to Melbourne (Australia) in record time with a twin-engine De Havilland Comet, using a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer. Today’s new Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation. 5 Features THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS The Air-King’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteris-tically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosionresistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratch-proof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Air-King’s high-precision movement and is also fitted with a shield to protect against magnetic fields, a feature of pilots’ watches of the past. 6 Features PERPETUAL CALIBRE 3131 The Air-King is equipped with calibre 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. The escapement features a paramagnetic escape wheel made from a nickel-phosphorus alloy produced via UV-LiGA (micromanufacturing by electroforming). Calibre 3131 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. 7 Features SOLID-LINK BRACELET AND EASYLINK The Air-King is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel with a folding Oysterclasp. This bracelet features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance. 8 Features SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION 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 watchmaking 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, waterproofness 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. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee. 10 Features SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER The green seal accompanying every Rolex watch is a symbol of its status as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of specific final controls by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, in addition to the official COSC certification of its movement. This unique testing of the chronometric precision of the cased-up movement, as well as of the watch’s waterproofness, self-winding and power reserve, pushes back the boundaries of performance and makes Rolex the benchmark for excellence in mechanical watches. The green seal is coupled with a five‑year guarantee which applies to all Rolex models. 11 Where to buy a Rolex THE OFFICIAL ROLEX RETAILER Only official Rolex retailers, distinguishable by this official green plaque, are allowed to sell and maintain a Rolex. With the necessary skills, technical know-how and special equipment, they guarantee the authenticity of each and every part of your Rolex, not to mention its reliability over time, helping you make the choice that will last a lifetime. Find your retailer on rolex.com 12 EXPLORE AND DISCOVER MORE ON ROLEX.COM All intellectual property rights such as trademarks, service marks, trade names, designs and copyrights are reserved. Nothing contained in this website may be reproduced without written permission. Rolex reserves the right at all times to modify the models featured in the present website.