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Old 6 December 2009, 12:27 AM   #1
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Icon10 The frozen Air King

Hi, guys, few years ago I made a freezing test on one Air King, just for see if it will survive and keep the time perfectly

Then, the time came to share my experience with TRF

This is the last time testing before the "icy diving"



I put the water until the crown







Then, you will see the results 12 hours after :D

P.S. the bottle of the pepper vodka right side down the pic have nothing with my experience!
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Old 6 December 2009, 12:36 AM   #2
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12 hours after....























You can see the Air King lost 57 sec in 12 hours. I have to say, it has been used for 5 years without service, always run well.
When the temperature came back to normal, the Air King was running as previously, taking about 5 sec day.

Ho said the Air King is not a hard core tool watch?
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:08 AM   #3
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Wow you are more daering then me. I mean there are lubricants in there IDK what there freezing point would be but I bet they change consitency somewhat when put into that enviroment..
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:14 AM   #4
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Interesting....thanks for writing up your experience. I would think that somehow the lubricants in the movement would freeze/harden up...but I guesss not
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for putting your AK to the test! I feel better about mine now.
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:28 AM   #6
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:33 AM   #7
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great test...very brave.
I think the Airking lost 63 seconds...
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:51 AM   #8
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Thats pretty good but when are you doing the liquid nitrogen testing.
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Old 6 December 2009, 02:04 AM   #9
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Bravo! So Chilling!
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Old 6 December 2009, 02:44 AM   #10
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Akira:

Very cool post!...pun intended. It's fascinating that it lasted so long in such a frigid state. As a longtime lurker, I give your post a 10 out of 10. For us Northlanders, the question of whether or not our watches will survive those unbearably cold winters and of course, an unfortunate dip into a frozen Lake Michigan has just been answered.

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Old 6 December 2009, 02:54 AM   #11
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Brilliant Test!
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Old 6 December 2009, 02:58 AM   #12
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I just have to say...you are brave for doing this.
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Old 6 December 2009, 03:29 AM   #13
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Must have Air Kings to spare..
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Old 6 December 2009, 07:47 AM   #14
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Well done!

I like those types of tests. And one shouldn't be suprised about the outcome. Any Oyster can take it.

Best,

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Old 6 December 2009, 08:50 AM   #15
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Damn! I wouldn't have the courage to take that risk! Pretty cool!
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Old 6 December 2009, 10:09 AM   #16
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I'm pretty sure freezing a Rolex is illegal. Especially an Air-King.

Let me try that!
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Old 6 December 2009, 10:10 AM   #17
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Thanks, guys I was jus going to give it to the Rolex service, so, why not to try this test. With no consequesnes!

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I think the Airking lost 63 seconds...
I counted 57?
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Old 6 December 2009, 10:15 AM   #18
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Interesting....thanks for writing up your experience. I would think that somehow the lubricants in the movement would freeze/harden up...but I guesss not
Gus,

No fear of that happening. Rolex watches have been worn on expeditions to the Antartica, the coldest place on Earth, where temperatures plunge down to -60șC and the Rolex has continued to work perfectly!!

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Old 6 December 2009, 10:33 AM   #19
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Old 6 December 2009, 10:47 AM   #20
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Old 6 December 2009, 12:00 PM   #21
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I wouldn't worry about the oils, they just slow it down, the worst that could happen with them is that they'd get thick enough to stop the watch. I'd be more worried about the freezing water (which expands) forcing its way into the case or damaging the case or seals. If nothing else, I certainly wouldn't want to do it over-and-over (as this would tend to wedge the case open, the same way that freezing water wedges rocks apart).
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Old 6 December 2009, 01:32 PM   #22
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Old 6 December 2009, 03:27 PM   #23
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Old 7 December 2009, 03:21 AM   #24
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Interesting! I wouldn't do that to my air king.
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