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Old 26 August 2018, 07:51 AM   #1
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New Air-Kng

I was obsessing about a Daytona, even to the point of spending $28K (Osterflex) to $38K ( White Gold, Full Bracelet) for a PM Daytona. This bcausse i wont pay 50% over list for a SS Daytona. I just couldn’t rationalize the prce for a PM watch.

All the R&D, prestige, special foundry etc., is present in the SS models, the only difference being the metal used in the manufacturing of the watch. $ 28K difference for a PM watch is a bridge too far for me when there is less than 3 ounces of PM in the PM watches.

Anyway, you may feel different I do own a 18038 Gold President Day-Date as well as a Kermit Anniversaty Sub and a 1964 Dauphine DateJust. I considering an IWC Pilot watch, but decided it was a bit too busy for me.

Then I started researchng the Air King. Most of you probably know the current iteration is a Milgauss under the hood , for $2000 less. A rare bump on a Rolex. The watch just appealed to me.

I called the local AD, listened to his spiel about” hard to get”, etc. and bought it.

I really lke i. Dispite its thick “faraday cage”, it really wears comforablely. It is a Super COSC timepiece and in the three days ive been wearing it, iit has not gained or lost even 1 second.

Big dial, easy to read. I am a 75 year old retired airline pilot.im really happy with my Aviation oriented timepiece.
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Old 26 August 2018, 08:36 PM   #2
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Congratulations. It is great watch. I personally seen it only on one wrist outside AD and it looked really good.
It would be great if you could share some pics with us.
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Old 26 August 2018, 10:36 PM   #3
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The Air-King is a fabulous watch It's yellow-green theme is from the cockpit instruments of the Bloodhound Super-Sonic car.





I only found this out when I went into an AD to buy a milgauss which he ordered in the nice blue dial.. i looked in the window only then to see the air king... I left with the Air king... it's so different in the rolex world a one off watch ..when you see one in the flesh all the mismatched parts on a photo come together
It reminds me of an old English Smiths w10 military watch.the watch worn by the Royal Air Force and British Army Officers. it's a future classic

The best most hated by the purists rolex watch in the world

The Airking watch cannot be fully understood unless it is worn and only then do you see the dial ..look at the 3 6 9 and it's an hour watch ..look at the 5 10 20 and it's a minute watch..look at it at a different light and the dial becomes 3D it's superb and as a bonus it's housed in a milgauss case

Well done on your purchase stay healthy and enjoy.
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Old 29 August 2018, 01:01 AM   #4
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Congrats and welcome to the club! I also walked into the store with intentions of purchasing another watch, but once on the wrist the choice was clear. So funny this watch gets to much hate, but at a party last weekend with several Rolex wearers in attendance they all wanted to check it out and try it on. It got rave reviews!
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Old 29 August 2018, 02:30 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=captainron62;8886928]Congrats and welcome to the club! I also walked into the store with intentions of purchasing another watch, but once on the wrist the choice was clear. So funny this watch gets to much hate, but at a party last weekend with several Rolex wearers in attendance they all wanted to check it out and try it on. It got rave reviews!

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Did you mean to post a scanned photo of your personal check?...
Just was confused was expecting to see a watch not your address
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Old 29 August 2018, 03:40 AM   #6
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Did you mean to post a scanned photo of your personal check?...
Just was confused was expecting to see a watch not your address
Oh MY, no I did not. I can't edit it either. Thanks for letting me know, sent to the mods.
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Old 29 August 2018, 08:11 AM   #7
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I just picked up this watch after trying it on for the first time. On the wrist is is comfortable and has the brushed links which I prefer. My first impression was that it looked too busy and unattractive in photos, however, it was a different story on the wrist.
The weight is nice and impressive. This watch really "flies" under the radar!
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Old 29 August 2018, 10:43 PM   #8
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I just picked up this watch after trying it on for the first time. On the wrist is is comfortable and has the brushed links which I prefer. My first impression was that it looked too busy and unattractive in photos, however, it was a different story on the wrist.
The weight is nice and impressive. This watch really "flies" under the radar!
Well said, it is a different watch on the wrist than in the pics. I like the substantial feel that the Faraday cage is responsible for. It also makes it present well on the wrist. If I could change one thing, I wish the face was a bit bigger.
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Old 14 September 2018, 11:47 AM   #9
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If I could change one thing I'd add a zero in front of the five. 5 > 05
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Well said, it is a different watch on the wrist than in the pics. I like the substantial feel that the Faraday cage is responsible for. It also makes it present well on the wrist. If I could change one thing, I wish the face was a bit bigger.
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Old 14 September 2018, 12:04 PM   #10
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I think you made a great choice. I really enjoy wearing the Air-King every day.


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Old 15 September 2018, 12:59 PM   #11
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Great choice my friend!
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Old 15 September 2018, 07:04 PM   #12
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Saw that new Air King during my trip to Italy. First I thought this model looks funny, but in real life it's pretty nice. Congratulations!
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Old 1 October 2018, 02:01 PM   #13
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For weeks now I had my eyes on a new Explorer. It was time to upgrade my 20yo Air King. It was a great watch, but it was time. We drove to an AD today to make the purchase (my wife was trading hers as well). As I worked through the case, something catches my eye... the beautiful new AK. I strap it on... feels perfect on my wrist. My wife gushes over its look. An hour later, I’m the owner of this beautiful timepiece... and I maintained my AK roots too. I absolutely love it.
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Old 22 October 2018, 08:01 PM   #14
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I think it’s cool. I went for the milgauss in the end but nearly changed my mind for this. It’s quirky and the design is great on the face.
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Old 24 October 2018, 07:58 AM   #15
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The modern AK gets its share of knocks from people but I think it's very cool, finally a bit of a different look for Rolex. Only downside for me is the lack of lume (hands and 12:00 index only).
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Old 26 October 2018, 03:45 PM   #16
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I got mine shortly after they came out in 2016. I like the cleanness of the design and the low key, sporty look of it.
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Old 15 November 2018, 11:58 AM   #17
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I just picked up one this afternoon. I absolutely love it.
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Old 16 November 2018, 05:38 AM   #18
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I just picked up one this afternoon. I absolutely love it.
Well done on your fine purchase
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Old 17 November 2018, 03:22 PM   #19
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Old 1 December 2018, 10:24 AM   #20
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That's an awesome watch! I like bigger watches personally but depends on the wrist.
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Old 2 December 2018, 03:13 AM   #21
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I'm thinking of getting a pair for my sister and her "husband to be" who are getting married. I think it would be a rolex would be a good wedding gift. Please which one do you guys recommend?
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Old 2 December 2018, 03:34 AM   #22
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I like it except the 3-6-9. That’s my only gripe.
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Old 5 December 2018, 01:48 AM   #23
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Very lovely, just has a small face. but still cool though
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Old 8 December 2018, 11:02 AM   #24
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Congrats! I wore mine as a daily for a year. Gone but not forgotten. Enjoy....

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