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Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Air King Precision 34 Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref...
Php 229,774

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Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
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Rolex Air-King
Php 243,271
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14
CH
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King 116900 - 'Hunter' - Hercules Watch Co
Php 838,244
Professional dealer
290
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 436,679
Professional dealer
10
PL
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King 116900 with Box and Papers
Php 388,610
Professional dealer
425
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King - 40mm - NEW - Sticker - New Card - Fullset -...
Php 458,952
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190
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King 116900 New
Php 391,379
Professional dealer
310
US
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Bronze
Rolex Air King Precision
Php 232,758
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232
IT
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Pink No numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 232,758
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164
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Air King Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 319,297

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DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Air-King 40 FULL SET Ref. 116900
Php 476,260
Professional dealer
521
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 447,612
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AT
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Air-King - Chinese numbers - Limited Edition /10 Black...
Php 768,401
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80
IT
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Black
Rolex Air-King Black Dial Precision Ref. 14000
Php 171,417
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HK
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Air King Precision Edelstahl Automatic Silver Silber
Php 262,002
Professional dealer
631
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King 116900 NEW 2019
Php 375,133
Professional dealer
310
US
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Blue Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 392,298
Professional dealer
110
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King Vollverklebt
Php 477,453
Professional dealer
164
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm White
Rolex Air King Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Php 289,456

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DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
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Rolex Air King
Php 354,457
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US
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 775,861
Professional dealer
284
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Air-King - Light blue - Limited Edition /10 Black Venom...
Php 731,518
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80
IT
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King 116900 with Box and Papers
Php 408,728
Professional dealer
425
UK
Rolex Air King Date Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Air King Date 5700 Precision Automatik Automatic...
Php 238,130
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631
DE
Rolex Air King 40mm
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Rolex Air King 12/2020 I Original verklebt
Php 480,437
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DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Steel 34mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 mm
Php 368,827
Professional dealer
110
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 40 - Ref. 116900 - LC100
Php 446,419
Professional dealer
521
DE
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Php 283,488
Professional dealer
422
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex 2012 Oyster Perpetual Air-King 34, 114200, Box & Papers,...
Php 308,139
Professional dealer
258
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm White Roman numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 34mm - Circa 2008
Php 221,486
Professional dealer
84
US
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Air-King - Limited Edition /35 Black Venom Dlc - Pvd
Php 731,518
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80
IT
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Air-King 34 14000
Php 201,843
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50
US
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King Edelstahl Automatic Automatik Saphirglas blue blau
Php 291,843
Professional dealer
631
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Blue Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King 36 mm 114200
Php 292,440
Professional dealer
86
DK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King
Php 425,828
Professional dealer
110
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex AIR-KING 40MM 116900 STAINLESS STEEL MEN'S WATCH
Php 390,296
Professional dealer
111
US
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Blue
Rolex Air-King Ref. 14000
Php 259,615
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701
NL
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm White
Rolex 1992 Air-King 34 14000, White baton/Roman Dial, Boxed
Php 220,961
Professional dealer
258
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King 116900 with Box and Papers
Php 415,434
Professional dealer
425
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Air-King - Colorful Lady - Limited Edition /10 Black...
Php 768,401
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80
IT
Rolex Air King 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex 2020 Rolex Air-King 116900, 40mm Black Dial, Smooth...
Php 418,456
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53
US
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Black
Rolex Air King Edelstahl Automatic Automatik Saphirglas
Php 238,130
Professional dealer
631
DE
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Blue No numerals
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Blue 1969
Php 232,758
Free shipping
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141
DE
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Air-King- 14000M- Silver Dial- 35mm- 2002 With Box & Papers
Php 268,171
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233
UK
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver No numerals
Rolex Air-King ADWOC Logo Dial
Php 285,003
Professional dealer
27
UK
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Black
Rolex Air King Ref. 14000
Php 229,774
Professional dealer
701
NL
Rolex Air King Gold/Steel 34mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King
Php 270,766
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US
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King Steel Black and Green Dial on Oyster 40mm [Box...
Php 383,749
Professional dealer
213
US
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Green
Rolex Air-King - Green Dial - Limited Edition /10 Black Venom...
Php 768,401
Professional dealer
80
IT
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King 116900 Unworn 2020
Php 391,133
Professional dealer
469
US
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Grey
Rolex Air King Precision Papiere Automatic Automatik Grey Grau
Php 297,811
Professional dealer
631
DE
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Blue No numerals
Rolex Air King Precision turn engine bezel box and paper
Php 273,939
Professional dealer
69
UK
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King- 116900- 2018 Box & Papers- 40mm Green & Black...
Php 405,643
Professional dealer
233
UK
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Black No numerals
Rolex Air-King (34mm) Ref.: 14000 aus 2000 mit schwarzem...
Php 267,971
Professional dealer
88
DE
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Blue
Rolex Air-King Ref. 14000M
Php 268,567
Professional dealer
701
NL
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King NOS STICKERS
Php 328,249
Professional dealer
164
IT
Rolex Air King Steel 34mm Silver Arabic numerals
Rolex Air-King Oyster Perpetual 114200 Watch with Stainless...
Php 211,689
Professional dealer
6
US
Rolex Air King Steel Silver
Rolex Air-King, New Service, 1958, vintage, plexi glas, new...
Php 190,922
Professional dealer
675
DE
Rolex Air King Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Air King 116900 Unworn 2019
Php 374,887
Professional dealer
469
US
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm Silver
Rolex Air King Edelstahl Automatic Saphirglas Mint
Php 238,130
Professional dealer
631
DE

The All-Arounder: Rolex Air-King

The Air-King is Rolex's pilot's watch and one of the Swiss manufacturer's most affordable models. Made of stainless steel, its design is sporty, elegant, and functional. As a result, it's the perfect wristwatch for nearly every occasion.


A Classic, Entry-Level Pilot's Watch

With its golden Rolex crown, Arabic numerals from 5 to 55, and green minute hand and brand inscription, the Air-King ref. 116900 stands out from the crowd. The stylized "Air-King" inscription on the dial's lower half is yet another attention-grabbing detail. Introduced in 2016, Rolex looked to classic pilot's watches for inspiration when designing this timepiece. As a result, the manufacturer decided to forgo any additional functions and instead focus on the bare essentials. Thanks to its numerals and green accents, the Air-King is much sportier than other entry-level Rolex models like the Oyster Perpetual.

Since 2016, Rolex has only offered one Air-King model. It has a 40-mm Oyster case made of stainless steel. The combination of a screw-down case back and Twinlock crown lend this timepiece a water resistance of 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). A three-piece link Oyster bracelet with a satin-brushed finish holds the watch securely on the wrist and underscores its role as a tool watch. Finally, the Easylink extension system enables you to adjust the bracelet length on warm days, for example.

While the current collection is limited to a single model, Rolex previously produced all sorts of Air-King watches. Some of the most famous references include the 14000, 14000M, 14010, 14010M, and the 5500. In fact, the 5500 was in production for over three decades, which is why the pre-owned market is full of vintage timepieces with this reference. Rarer models, such as those featuring Mickey Mouse or the Pan Am logo, are especially popular among collectors.

Reasons to Buy a Rolex Air-King

  • Affordable entry into the world of Rolex
  • Sporty and elegant design: ideal for daily life
  • Certified precision: recent models with a maximum daily deviation of +/- 2 seconds
  • Collector's items with the Pan Am logo or Mickey Mouse
  • Great value retention with the potential to appreciate

Prices at a Glance: Rolex Air-King

Reference number Price (approx.) Caliber, diameter
116900 7,800 USD 3131, 40 mm
114200 5,500 USD 3130, 34 mm
14010M 4,300 USD 3130, 34 mm
14010 4,300 USD 3000, 34 mm
14000M 4,100 USD 3130, 34 mm
14000 4,100 USD 3000, 34 mm
5700 3,900 USD 1520, 34 mm
5500 3,300 USD 1520 or 1530, 34 mm

How much does a Rolex Air-King cost?

The Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 from 2016 costs 7,800 USD new and 7,500 USD pre-owned. These prices place this pilot's watch from the Oyster collection among the most affordable Rolex timepieces. As of early 2020, the current Air-King has an official list price of 6,450 USD.

Financially, the Air-King ref. 116900 has recently done quite well on Chrono24. This stainless steel watch was demanding less than its list price until the second half of 2019, at which point prices began to steadily rise. By early 2020, it was selling for around 7,900 USD in mint condition. Used watches have also seen significant value appreciation.

If you'd like a Rolex but don't have over 6,000 USD to spend, you should consider an older Air-King model. At 34 mm in diameter, they are much smaller than their more modern counterparts; however, they also exude the unique charm of decades gone by. Their moderate size also makes them a fantastic choice for women. More recent models include the refs. 14010M and 14000M, both of which use the caliber 3130 and cost as little as 4,100 USD pre-owned. You can recognize the 14010M by its "engine-turned" bezel with fine fluting and small rider tabs. The 14000M, on the other hand, has a polished bezel.

The most affordable vintage Air-Kings bear the reference number 5500. Rolex introduced this timepiece in 1957 and produced it for over 30 years. Used watches change hands for about 3,300 USD. With any luck, you might even find a well-maintained version for less than 3,000 USD. Collectors should be on the lookout for "Double Red" models, which have two red inscriptions reading "Air-King" and "Super Precision."

The first generation of the Rolex Air-King had the reference number 4925, was introduced in the mid-1940s, and is particularly interesting for fans of vintage Rolex watches. That being said, very few examples of this watch are available on the market today.

Prices for the Refs. 114200 and 14000

The Rolex Air-King ref. 114200 was part of the collection from 2007 to 2016. Watches from this era feature the "Air-King" inscription on their dials. This model still exists today; however, Rolex has removed the inscription and now refers to this timepiece as the Oyster Perpetual 34. Prices for these watches range from 4,700 to 5,500 USD. Both the ref. 114200 and the 2016 ref. 116900 get their power from chronometer-certified calibers.

If having a chronometer-certified timepiece is not particularly important to you and you're looking to save a few hundred dollars, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King with the reference number 14000 may be the right watch for you. This is the predecessor to the 14000M and houses the caliber 3000. You can buy a pre-owned version for around 4,100 USD. Never-worn watches are hard to find and more expensive. Expect to pay upwards of 4,700 USD.

The Rolex Air-King With a Date Display

You can find the Rolex Air-King Date with a date display under the reference numbers 5700 and 5701. Plan to spend about 3,900 USD for one of these pre-owned timepieces with a distinctive Cyclops lens. At 35 mm, the Air-King Date is one millimeter larger than the editions without a date.


Is the Air-King the right watch for me?

If you've been toying with the idea of buying a Rolex, the Air-King may just be the right model for you. Both vintage and modern editions are relatively affordable and have designs that embody the simplicity and sportiness associated with Rolex. At 34 mm, older models are suitable for women and men with smaller wrists. The current Air-King ref. 116900 is a contemporary 40 mm in diameter and the perfect watch for everyday wear. Its design is sporty yet elegant, making it a great choice for both in and out of the office.

The price of an Oyster Perpetual 39 is a few hundred dollars less than an Air-King, coming in at around 6,600 USD. The Explorer offers something a bit sportier and has the same 39-mm diameter as the Oyster Perpetual. This timepiece costs roughly 8,300 USD. It's hard to miss the Air-King's large Arabic numerals, green second hand, and green brand inscription, all of which further underscore its sporty character. In the end, it is more a question of taste than price.


A Variety of Designs: Dials and Bezels

The Air-King has featured a diverse range of dials and bezels throughout its 70-year history. With bar indices, Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, rhodium-plated surfaces, and orange contrasts, Air-King models have a wide variety of looks to offer. The dial is available in different colors such as soft pink, blue, red, or green.

However, the basic design of the watch has remained consistent. Its stainless steel case is the same shape as almost all other Rolex models. The differences are in the details. The top surfaces of the case and the bracelet are satin-brushed, while the sides are polished. The case has a standard size of 34 mm, which is relatively small by modern standards. However, the Air-King didn't always come in the Oyster case. In the 1950s, Rolex used the Explorer case for the Air-King, resulting in a 1-mm increase in size. Thanks to the screw-down Twinlock crown, the final watch is water-resistant to 10 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

You have three options for the bezel: polished, fluted, or engine-turned. Models with the reference number 114234 have a decorative ring made of white gold. Newer models feature sapphire crystal, giving the wearer a clear view of the dial, while vintage 5500 timepieces come with acrylic glass.


The History of the Rolex Air King

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf developed this timepiece in honor of pilots from the British Royal Air Force. The RAF had used Rolex watches before the start of the Second World War. Their 34-mm cases were larger and more reliable than the standard models used by the Air Force. Towards the end of the 1930s, Wilsdorf developed a line of watches with the names "Air-Lion," "Air-Tiger," "Air-Giant," and "Air-King." After the end of the war, Rolex only continued producing the Air-King and made it available to the public.

Air-King Calibers Over Time

Rolex produced the Air-King under the reference number 5500 for about 37 years. Starting in 1957, they introduced new calibers, including the 1520 and 1530. The American version of the 1520 movement only had 17 jewels due to import regulations, while in Europe, it had 26 jewels. The 1530 caliber had versions with 17, 25, or 26 jewels. The dial inscription "Precision" (caliber 1520) or "Super Precision" (caliber 1530) signifies which movement powers the watch.

The automatic caliber 3000 replaced the previously used movements in the 1990s. The 3000 runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (vph). It also boasts a bidirectional winding rotor and a Breguet overcoil. The Breguet overcoil has an upraised final coil and reduced curvature, which results in improved precision.

In celebration of the new millennium, Rolex fitted the Air-King with the caliber 3130, the same movement that powers Submariner models without a date display. You can spot Air-Kings with the 3130 by the letter "M" (for modified) added to the end of their reference numbers. Fine regulation of the movement takes place via Microstella nuts on the balance rim, as is typical of Rolex timepieces. Usually, a regulator is required. In 2007, Rolex began delivering the Air-King with a chronometer certificate, proof that it was certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Time for a Facelift: 2007's Redesign

In 2007, the Air-King received an extensive makeover. Concentric, rhodium-plated dials and colorful Arabic numerals are characteristic of some designs. The distance between the case and lugs was reduced, and the watch's thickness grew to 11.5 mm. Furthermore, the updated timepiece came with the new 70190 stainless steel Oyster bracelet with an improved clasp and 19-mm lug width.

When viewed in profile, this Air-King model resembles the dome of a cathedral. This is due to the domed sapphire crystal, as well as the large bezel. Typical of a Rolex watch, the crystal projects out from the case, giving it a more voluminous look. Connoisseurs call it a "bubble-back" case, as it resembles the bulbous shape of the first Oyster Perpetual from 1931. Back then, the cases were round and resembled a bubble. Rolex's patented winding rotor was responsible for this shape.

40-mm in Diameter Since 2016

The Genevan manufacturer temporarily ceased production of the Air-King in 2014. Only two years later, Rolex presented a new model with a 40-mm case, large Arabic numerals, and a black dial. Together with its prominent minute scale, the design of the numerals highlights the Air-King's pilot's watch aesthetic. This watch borrows its larger numerals at 3, 6, and 9 from the Rolex Explorer. The Mercedes-style hour hand is a standard feature of Rolex sports watches and, like the minute and second hands, is coated with a layer of bright, glow-in-the-dark Chromalight. All of the indices and the large triangle at 12 o'clock also feature this luminous material so you can always have an eye on the time, even in the dark.

Hallmarks of the Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 are its green second hand and green brand inscription at 12 o'clock. The curvy "Air-King" inscription above 6 o'clock is a nod to the original Air-King. Its satin-brushed Oyster bracelet includes an Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension system, which you can use to extend the bracelet by 5 mm. The polished stainless steel bezel lends the Air-King a touch of elegance.


An Alternative to the Rolex Air-King

At around 6,500 USD, the Oyster Perpetual 39 is even more affordable than the Air-King and, thus, makes a fitting alternative. It has served as the entry point to the world of Rolex since 2014. Like the Air-King, its case is water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), but is one millimeter smaller. Another difference is its overall more elegant dial with indices and monochromatic inscriptions. Instead of sporty Mercedes hands, the Oyster Perpetual 39 features baton hands. As for the movement, Rolex equips this timepiece with the caliber 3132, which you can also find in the Explorer.


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