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Rolex 14000 Air King Saudi Military S/S Automatic Watch
Rolex 14000 Air King Saudi Military S/S Automatic Watch
S$ 5,215
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Timescube
SG
Rolex STEEL AIR-KING 5500
Rolex STEEL AIR-KING 5500
S$ 4,357
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Wilson Watches
 
UK
Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Air-king - 1005 - Unisex - 1960-1969
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Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Air-king - 1005 - Unisex - 1960-1969
S$ 4,032
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Rolex AIR KING EXPLORER 5506 Gold Plated with Slate Grey Dial
Rolex AIR KING EXPLORER 5506 Gold Plated with Slate Grey Dial
S$ 12,900
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900
S$ 9,174
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RIVIERAWATCH
55
FR
Rolex Air King
Rolex Air King
S$ 8,707
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MUST'S srl
 
IT
Rolex Air King Ref.116900
Rolex Air King Ref.116900
S$ 8,707
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Manu Orologi-Preziosi
20
IT
Rolex Air-King 116900 Never Worn
Rolex Air-King 116900 Never Worn
S$ 9,996
Free shipping
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MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
47
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual green Olive dial Oyster Steel rehaut...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual green Olive dial Oyster Steel rehaut...
S$ 6,448
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Uhrenkapital
197
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Olive NEW 114200
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Olive NEW 114200
S$ 6,449
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Filipucci Juweliers
305
NL
Rolex Air King Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 34mm Ref.114000...
Rolex Air King Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 34mm Ref.114000...
S$ 6,285
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
385
DE
Rolex - Air King Presicion Vintage Gray Automatic 34mm - 5500...
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Rolex - Air King Presicion Vintage Gray Automatic 34mm - 5500...
S$ 4,192
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Airking 1400M pink/coppery dial
Rolex Airking 1400M pink/coppery dial
S$ 6,369
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Le Collection´heure
49
BE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing 14000M - LC 100
Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing 14000M - LC 100
S$ 5,401
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willi rothfuss
68
DE
Rolex AIR KING EXPLORER -DATE- 5701 Original Creamy Dial RARE
Rolex AIR KING EXPLORER -DATE- 5701 Original Creamy Dial RARE
S$ 11,116
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex SS "New Style" Air-King w/  Salmon Arabic Dial -...
Rolex SS "New Style" Air-King w/ Salmon Arabic Dial -...
S$ 5,283
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Austins Watches Inc.
103
US
Rolex Air King 114200 In Steel, 34 Mm
Rolex Air King 114200 In Steel, 34 Mm
S$ 6,667
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Taleda
259
CH
Rolex Air King Rolex 114200 White roman dial Domed Bezel
Rolex Air King Rolex 114200 White roman dial Domed Bezel
S$ 4,597
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Sea Wave Diamonds
73
US
Rolex Air-King (16684)
Rolex Air-King (16684)
S$ 4,390
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Chronostore
102
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 34mm...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 34mm...
S$ 6,925
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
385
DE
Rolex AIRKING
Rolex AIRKING
S$ 5,159
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ANNIBALI&CO
61
IT
Rolex Airking vintage 5500 silver dial
Rolex Airking vintage 5500 silver dial
S$ 5,563
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Le Collection´heure
49
BE
Rolex Air-King  Watch  5500
Rolex Air-King Watch 5500
S$ 4,160
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
92
IT
Rolex AIR KING 14000M Original Silver "Domino Pizza"...
Rolex AIR KING 14000M Original Silver "Domino Pizza"...
S$ 7,548
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Air King
Rolex Air King
S$ 7,205
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Tarrytown Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Olive 114200
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Olive 114200
S$ 6,611
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Bonanno Gioielleria
67
IT
Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500
Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500
S$ 3,789
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Steiner Maastricht
63
NL
Rolex - Air-King Hard Rock Cafe Very Rare New - 114200 -...
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Rolex - Air-King Hard Rock Cafe Very Rare New - 114200 -...
S$ 5,643
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 mm Ref. 114200
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 mm Ref. 114200
S$ 6,530
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Uhren2000 GmbH
222
DE
Rolex Air King 14000
Rolex Air King 14000
S$ 5,079
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Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
126
IT
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm SolomonDial (BOXonly2003)...
Rolex Air King Precision Steel 34mm SolomonDial (BOXonly2003)...
S$ 5,159
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Boutique D'or
382
BE
Rolex Air-King  Watch  14000
Rolex Air-King Watch 14000
S$ 5,321
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
92
IT
Rolex Air King 5500 Original Gold Dust Gilt Dial
Rolex Air King 5500 Original Gold Dust Gilt Dial
S$ 6,862
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing
Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing
S$ 5,159
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
441
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm Red Grape
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm Red Grape
S$ 6,754
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2186
IT
Rolex Air-king Stainless Steel Watch White Mop Diamond...
Rolex Air-king Stainless Steel Watch White Mop Diamond...
S$ 6,862
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Watch My Diamonds
49
US
Rolex Air King
Rolex Air King
S$ 5,159
Free shipping
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SC DIGITAL SALE SRL
79
RO
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 114200
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 114200
S$ 6,659
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Uhren2000 GmbH
222
DE
Rolex Air King
Rolex Air King
S$ 8,055
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Watches4me
 
CH
Rolex Arking
Rolex Arking
S$ 5,643
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Watcheclock
42
IT
Rolex Air-King  Watch  14010M
Rolex Air-King Watch 14010M
S$ 5,482
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
92
IT
Rolex AIR KING DATE 5700 Original Tropical Texture Dial
Rolex AIR KING DATE 5700 Original Tropical Texture Dial
S$ 7,548
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500
Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500
Price on request
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Steiner Maastricht
63
NL
Rolex Air-King
Rolex Air-King
S$ 9,137
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luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex Air King Special Hard Rock 10 Years
Rolex Air King Special Hard Rock 10 Years
S$ 5,146
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Sea Wave Diamonds
73
US
Rolex Air King 14000M
Rolex Air King 14000M
S$ 4,837
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Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
126
IT
Rolex Air King Oyster Perpetual Ref. 114200 Zifferblatt Rose
Rolex Air King Oyster Perpetual Ref. 114200 Zifferblatt Rose
S$ 6,498
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Uhren2000 GmbH
222
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 114234  Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 114234 Automatic
S$ 6,586
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Phigora
74
US
Rolex Air-King Stainless Steel Watch
Rolex Air-King Stainless Steel Watch
S$ 7,821
Free shipping
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Avi & Co NY
33
US
Rolex Air-King  Watch  14000
Rolex Air-King Watch 14000
S$ 5,321
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
92
IT
Rolex AIR KING 5500 Original Domino Pizza Dial with Paper
Rolex AIR KING 5500 Original Domino Pizza Dial with Paper
S$ 10,567
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Airking rose dial 14000 with papers.
Rolex Airking rose dial 14000 with papers.
S$ 6,046
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Le Collection´heure
49
BE
Rolex Air King 114200
Rolex Air King 114200
S$ 5,885
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Mall of the Watch
408
MC
Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010M (RO3507)
Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010M (RO3507)
S$ 5,966
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Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
Rolex Air King 14000
Rolex Air King 14000
S$ 5,321
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Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
126
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 14000 34 MM Ser .Y BLUE DIAL 3180
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 14000 34 MM Ser .Y BLUE DIAL 3180
S$ 5,754
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2186
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm champagne white grape dial 114200
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm champagne white grape dial 114200
S$ 6,611
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Timepiece Bank
230
BE
Rolex AIR KING EDELSTAHL AUTOMATIC SAPHIRGLAS
Rolex AIR KING EDELSTAHL AUTOMATIC SAPHIRGLAS
S$ 4,821
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Timeless Watches GmbH
107
DE
Rolex Air-King  Watch  5500
Rolex Air-King Watch 5500
S$ 3,837
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
92
IT
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Air King Precision Automatic 1500
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Air King Precision Automatic 1500
S$ 3,978
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Phigora
74
US

The All-Arounder: The Air-King

The Air-King is a simple Rolex with a long tradition. The Swiss manufacturer has produced it in many variants without straying far from its neutral, elegant core design. The watch is perfect for almost every occasion.

Highlights

  • Entry-level Rolex watch
  • Developed in honor of British pilots
  • 70-year history
  • Reliable, precise in-house caliber
  • Rare special editions with the Pan Am logo on the dial

The King in the Air

Along with the Oyster Perpetual, the Air-King is considered Rolex's entry-level watch. Founder Hans Wilsdorf developed this timepiece in honor of the pilots of the British Royal Air Force. The RAF had used Rolex watches before the start of the Second World War. Their 34-mm watches 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 for the civilian public to purchase.
You can identify the stainless steel pilot's watch by the "Air-King" inscription on the top half of the dial, as well as its streamlined design. It tells the time traditionally, using three central hands for hours, minutes, and seconds together with indices or numerals. Rolex purposefully left additional features out, resulting in an easy-to-read watch. If you're looking for more features, however, then the Daytona chronograph or the GMT-Master II may be good options. The GMT-Master features a fourth hand which makes one rotation every 24 hours, helping you keep track of a second time zone. The Daytona is perfect for timing events and calculating speeds.

One Watch, Many Different Looks

Have you spent years searching for a Rolex that's perfect for almost any occasion? The Air-King is the ideal entry point into the world of Rolex. As the manufacturer has been producing the model for over 70 years, it comes in many different versions. Pre-owned models can be bought for less than 2,000 euros. New models, on the other hand, cost around 3,500 euros. Some vintage models from the 1960s and 70s (reference number 5500) can be found for under 2,000 euros. These watches are slightly smaller, making them ideal for thinner wrists. Since 2016, there have been larger, 40-mm versions of the watch available. The Air-King is comparable to automatic models from the Grand Seiko series. Special editions of the Air-King with company logos on the dial, such as Domino's Pizza, are beloved among collectors and can fetch up to 3,500 euros.

Buying Tips

  • Rolex Air-King available for under 2,000 euros
  • Rare collector's watches: Models with the Pan Am or Domino's Pizza logo
  • Mid-size case, classic Oyster design
  • Alternatives: Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Explorer, Grand Seiko

A Rich Variety of Options

The Air-King has had 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, the Air-King models have a wide variety of looks to offer. The dial is available in different colors, such as pink, blue, red, or green. Especially rare and valuable models are the so-called "double reds." These versions feature the words "Air-King" and "Super Precision" written in red on the dial.
However, the basic design of the watch remains consistent. It has a stainless steel Oyster case like 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 small compared to today's standards. The Luminor from Panerai, for example, can be as large as 47 mm. The Air-King didn't always have 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 Twinlock crown, the watch is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar).
You have three options for the bezel: smooth and polished, fluted, or a ribbed bezel with raised hour markers. Models with reference number 114234 feature a decorative bezel made of white gold. Newer models feature sapphire glass, giving the wearer a clear look at the dial.

Evolving Caliber Technology

Rolex produced the Air-King under the reference number 5500 for about 37 years. Starting in 1957, they introduced new calibers, for example 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 later replaced the previously used movements in the 1990s. The 3000 vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour with a bidirectionally 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 caliber 3130, the same movement which powers Submariner models without a date display. These Air-Kings with the 3130 can be identified by the letter "M" (for modified) added to the end of the reference number. The movement can be regulated via the Microstella nuts on its balance rim, typical for Rolex timepieces. Usually, a regulator is required. In 2007, Rolex began delivering the Air-King with a chronometer certificate, confirming it was certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The Air-King's Makeover

In 2007, the Air-King received an extensive makeover. Concentric, rhodium-coated dials and colorful Arabic numerals are characteristic of some designs. The distance between the case and lugs was lessened, and the watch is now thicker at 11.5 mm. Furthermore, the timepiece comes with the new 70190 stainless steel Oyster bracelet with an improved clasp and 19-mm wide lugs. When viewing its profile, this Air-King model resembles the dome of a cathedral. This is due to the domed sapphire glass as well as the large bezel. Typical of a Rolex watch, the glass projects out from the case, giving it a more voluminous look. Connoisseurs call it a "Bubble-Back" case, as it resembles the first Oyster Perpetuals from 1931 due to its domed shape. Back then, the cases were round and resembled a bubble. Rolex's patented winding rotor was initially responsible for this shape.

The Successor to the Air-King

Rolex temporarily stopped producing the Air-King in 2014. It has been available again since 2016 as a new model with a 40-mm case, large Arabic numerals, and a black dial. Next to the Air-King, the Oyster Perpetual has functioned as Rolex's entry-level watch since 2014. This stainless steel watch is available in six different sizes: 26 mm, 31 mm, 34 mm, 36 mm, and 39 mm. The smaller sizes were designed with women in mind, with pink indices and red grape and blue sunburst dials adding a feminine touch. The larger models are also available with red grape dials, featuring small red squares above the indices. Blue or silver (steel or rhodium) sunburst dials are additional options. The Oyster Perpetual gives off a sporty-elegant look while remaining subtle. Whether worn with a suit at the office, or while swimming, this watch goes with everything. Thanks to its Twinlock crown, the watch is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar).
The in-house caliber 3132 powers the 39-mm diameter version. Unlike caliber 3130, the 3132 has a Parachrom hairspring made of a zirconium-niobium alloy. It's unaffected by magnetic fields and can better withstand temperature fluctuations and shocks and jolts than the conventional hairsprings. The Breguet overcoil ensures chronometer-quality precision, which is certified by the COSC. This movement also features Rolex's Paraflex shock protection system. Furthermore, it has the characteristic red minute wheels found in many Rolex calibers. The movement has a power reserve of 48 hours.

Features of the Oyster Perpetual

  • Affordable: pre-owned models starting around 1,000 euros, new around 3,000 euros; gold versions around 2,000 euros (pre-owned)
  • Pairs well with suits and polo shirts
  • Available in different sizes: 26 mm, 31 mm, 34 mm, 36 mm, and 39 mm
  • Precise and reliable in-house caliber

Rolex Air-King: The Watch for Every Occasion

Since its introduction, the Air-King has been the ideal entry-level Rolex watch. Thanks to its consistent design, it's developed into a Rolex classic. Any changes are to minute details and the watch is well-known for a variety of different dials and bezels. The Air-King has developed a large fan base over the years, including the American airline Pan Am. They gifted their retiring pilots Air-Kings with the Pan Am logo on the dial. These models are particularly treasured by collectors. Automatic watches in this collection combine the typical Rolex qualities of reliability, robustness, and precision with an aesthetically pleasing design. Therefore, it works well in almost any situation – as a dress watch paired with a tuxedo, or as a sport watch to accompany you while surfing or swimming.