What was then considered a large dial – 32 to 33 mm diameter – is now small in comparison, as most Rolex sports models feature a 40 mm or larger dials.
The Air line of watches remained in production until the early 1960s. In the end only the Air-King survived and was eventually fitted with an automatic movement.The Air-King is not as fancy or as over-engineered as some other Rolex watches yet it is an elegant watch and most importantly has a great history behind it. I believe that it is one of the most overlooked watches out of the Oyster Perpetual range although it deserves more attention by prospective buyers. Today the current Air-King model range even comes with COSC certification. They have also recently been redesigned with new dials and bracelets.
I am sure more educated members than myself on the subject will contribute some more information as well as photos on this thread.
Size: 34 mm
Bracelet: Oyster featuring Oysterclasp (with easy link on new models)
Movement: Self-winding cal. 3130
Water-Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres/330 feet
it’s amazing how they make such simple watch look so elegant and beautiful
i agree.. at the time of manufacture.. i think they called it an ‘engine turned’ bezel. i do not think it is called that anylonger.. but my wrist is 7.5″ and the airking looks just fine on it.. IMHO.
I started this watch up when I got it, and wore it lots for a month. It lost about 5 seconds per WEEK (not per day!) Then it ran down and sat for a
few weeks. Ever since that time, it gains about 10 seconds per day now.
What a classic look
Glad to see a little Air-King love.