Normally, many of the world’s leading watchmakers share a deep connection with aeronautics. Much like how airplanes require their flight instruments to be exceptionally accurate, watches that pay homage to the aviation industry should embody this characteristic. Rolex boldly takes up the challenge with the release of its Air-King 2022.
The Swiss group is renowned worldwide for its luxurious but sober watches. The first Air-King debuted in 1958 to commemorate those who marked the golden age of aviation. However, his Oyster watches were already on board the Houston Expedition flight over Mount Everest in 1933.
Rolex presents the Air-King 2022 in a 40mm Oystersteel case. The polished bezel contrasts with the satin finish of the rest of the body. The outline of the horns makes it look like a barrel when in fact it is round. Under the sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating is a black dial with white indexes.
The Arabic numeral hour markers for 3, 6, 9 and the triangular one for 12 are larger and brighter. Meanwhile, the other digits of the minute scale are noticeably smaller. The Rolex mark is in green while the crown emblem is in yellow and both are set at 12 o’clock. A stylized Air-King script is just below at 6 o’clock.
The in-house caliber 3230 ticks in the Air-King 2022 – an exceptional self-winding movement with a 70-hour power reserve. It “integrates the patented Chronergy escapement, which combines high energy efficiency with high reliability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic fields”, specifies Rolex.
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