Rolex Air-King Watch: 904L steel

Rolex Air-King Watch: 904L steel
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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