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Old 11 September 2019, 11:25 PM   #25
Okami
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The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation. Moreover, Rolex Air-King – still remains one of the longest-running production models within Rolex’s modern lineup. In fact, the other two are the iconic Datejust and also the original Oyster Perpetual rivaling it for longevity. But, Rolex released the Air-King, like the Datejust, back in 1945. In fact, the watch becomes the part of a larger collection of “Air” models meant to honor the British Royal Air Force for their service during the 1930s and ‘40s. This collection also included an Air-Lion, Air-Tiger, and Air-Giant. Until 1953, Rolex Air-King outlasted its three fellows “Air” watches. It happened with the “transitional” Ref. 6552 model. Then, in 1957, with the appearance of the Air-King Ref. 5500, finally the model acquired its familiar modern aesthetic.

Since then, the Air-King positioned itself as one of the more affordable options within the Rolex portfolio. And, after being briefly discontinued in 2014, resurrected in 2016 as the Ref. 116900. Today’s model features a 40-mm steel Oyster case, with a screw-down crown and comes together with an oyster



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