Rolex is a pioneer in creating timeless watches, and the ‘Air-King’ is a special collection created during the 1930s to tribute the pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain. While Rolex designed several versions for the pilots, like the Air-Lion, Air-Tiger, and Air-Giant, only the Air-King continued to lament its position. The first Air-King surfaced in 1945 and quickly captivated the attention with its 34mm large stainless steel case and simple time-only dial. Their elegance was well honoured outside the aviation industry and soon became a coveted Rolex model.
Looking at the watch, you can easily understand that Rolex sincerely made it for the pilots to help them in navigational time readings. The dial face of the 34mm models had 3/6/9 prominent hour markers for easier reading. In the 1960s, bi-colour variants of yellow gold and stainless steel with a smooth bezel and tritium luminescence appeared. In 1992, Rolex released two more steel models with two different bezel options.…
Over the years, nothing significant has changed in the design of the Air-King series. The new-age collectors are more familiar with the Rolex Air-King in its new design, but the traditional design garners more popularity. At The Luxury Hut, you’ll get plenty of pre-owned Air-King options, including vintage and rare models.
Our watch specialists thoroughly inspect all the watches, and you can trust us with their authenticity. We give a Certificate of Authenticity, a 12-month Comprehensive Guarantee, and a 14-day Easy Return Policy with each watch you buy from us. If Air-King is not your choice, we have a vast collection of other pre-owned luxury watches that we’re sure will cater to your style. Also, get 0% APR finance over six months to buy your favourite timepiece without hassle.
The 1930s was the golden age when humans made impressive progress in aviation and even introduced long-distance flights. The Air-King pays homage to the explorer of the skies and celebrates the achievements made during that period in aviation.
Rolex launched the early Air-King models in the 1930s with variants like the Air-Lion, Air-Giant & Air-Tiger. However, it dropped all of them in the 1940s. In 1945, during World War II, Rolex created the Air-King series to honour army pilots. The first official Rolex Air-King model came out with the reference 4925 with a creamy white dial, Arabic numerals and a hand-wound movement.
The watches were large (34mm), offering a great readability to the pilots during flights. It was the first watch to sport the engine-turned bezel and feature a waterproof case offering a resistance of up to 100 meters.
In 1957, Rolex produced the longest-running Air-King with ref. 5500 (stayed for 37 years) sporting the first in-house Rolex movement, a solid steel case and bracelet, an acrylic protective crystal, and water resistance of up to 100 meters.
However, it wasn’t until 2007 that Rolex gave its one of the oldest series a complete transformation. The 2007 Air-King models came with a 40mm case, a 60-second dial with 3/6/9 numerals, and movement Calibre 3131. The watches were an exceptional illustration of the brand’s ability to curate a simple look with utmost precision.
The first Rolex Air-King with Ref. 4925 is a rare find and is considered one of the most sought-after in today’s watch market. The watch had a creamy dial, even-numbered Arabic numerals, and housed a manual-wind movement.
Air-King is one of the oldest and most popular Rolex creations that pay tribute to the age of aviation in the 1930s. It has an easily identifiable design and is purpose-built to help fliers during long-distance flights. While the vintage variants hold a special place in the collector’s heart, other references embrace similar acknowledgements.
Ref. 114200 – The watch sports the usual 34mm stainless steel case, a white dial with stick indices, Arabic numerals at 3/69/, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to protect the watch’s face. It looks eye-catching and will pair great with almost any outfit.
Ref. 14000 – A very appealing Air-King model with a salmon-coloured dial featuring stick indices and signature Arabic numerals at 3/6/9 positions. The watch embodies a stainless steel case and a polished domed bezel.
Ref. 116900 – A fancier option is the Air-King Ref. 116900, steel sports Rolex. Coming in a striking 40mm Oyster case, a catchy black dial with 3/6/9 configuration, Mercedes-style hands, and green text for Rolex, this Air-King is an impressive & expressive option.
If you want to buy pre-owned Rolex Air-King watches, including vintage and other popular models, choose The Luxury Hut as your destination. You can either book an appointment to visit us at our Hatton Garden store or shop online, where we’re sure you’ll find something that suits your preference. We have a vast inventory of second-hand luxury watches wherein you’ll find the best watches at the best prices. Moreover, if you don’t have a specific watch in mind, visit our store, and we’ll be happy to assist you in buying your luxury timepiece.
You can also buy the watches online, where our payment gateway process is straightforward. We will securely ship your watch via RoyalMail for next-day UK delivery and FedEx for worldwide delivery for free!
Additionally, we’re a premier buyer of luxury watches in the UK. So, if you’re looking to sell your used luxury watch, we can offer you the best price for it. Or, if you want to trade your timepiece, you can do that too. Part-exchange your watch for any timepiece from our collection, and rest assured of a smooth experience.
Lastly, if you want to find out the valuation of a watch you own, we can also appraise it for you. Our team will always cater to all your needs and ensure a peaceful experience with us.