Air-King

116900 - 78590

Brand  : Rolex
Collection  : Oyster Perpetual
Model  : Air-King
Reference  : 116900 - 78590
Complement : Steel - Black Dial - Steel Bracelet
On sale : 2016

5 700 €Recorded list price in FranceI WANT IT

PDF INDEX CARD

REQUEST A PRICE

Price request for Air-KingRef. 116900 - 78590

Air-King

YOU WANT IT ? WE SEARCH IT !

This fonction is reserved for exclusive members of MyWatchSite.

There is nothing easier than becoming a member!

  • Brand  : Rolex
    Collection  : Oyster Perpetual
    Model  : Air-King
    Reference  : 116900 - 78590
    Complement : Steel - Black Dial - Steel Bracelet
    On sale : 2016
    List Price : 5 700 €
    Diameter : 40 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    High Horology
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 3131 Manufacture Rolex
    Calibre distinction : COSC certified
    Chronometer
    Superlative Chronometer
    Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
    Case material : Steel
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down caseback
    Screwed-down crown
    Anti-magnetic
    Smooth steel bezel
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 100 meters
    Dial : Satin-finish
    Dial color : Black
    Display : Luminescent hands
    White gold hands
    Indexes : Triangles
    Arabic numerals
    Luminescent
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Steel
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    Oysterclasp and Easylink extension link
    + More characteristics :
    Certification superlative chronometer

    Movement
    Mechanical movement with bidirectionalself-widing via Perpetual rotor
    Precision : −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
    Functions centre hour, minute and seconds hands with stop-seconds for precise time setting
    Oscillator with 28,800 beats/hour (4Hz) frequency
    Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
    Rolex overcoil
    Large balance wheel with variable inertia
    High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
    Traversing balance bridge
    Escapement with paramagnétic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel
    Jewelling with 31 rubies
    Power reserve of Approximately 48 hours

    Case
    Oyster type (monobloc middle case)
    904L steel
    Screw-down case-back with Rolex fluting
    Screw-down winding crown with Twinlock double waterprofness system

    Dial
    Hour markers with 3, 6 and 9 numbers in 18 ct white gold
    Highly legible Chromalight triangle (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold at 12 o’clock
    White transferred minute numerals
    Hands in 18 ct white gold, Chromalight, green seconds hand

    Strap
    Oyster type three-piece solid links
    904L steel
    Clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

DESCRIPTION

  • Rolex is introducing a new Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. The new Air-King, with a 40 mm case in 904L steel, features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minutes scale for navigational time readings. The dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s. The Air-King carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

    A HOMAGE TO AVIATION
    The new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s privileged ties with the world of aviation during its golden age in the 1930s. It was a period when spectacular progress in aircraft performance constantly expanded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skies, and led to the introduction of long-distance flights. One of the pioneers of this era, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records. Of the Oyster, he said: “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes and I propose to use it on all my long- distance flights in the future”. In 1933, Oyster watches accompanied the  Houston Expedition as it made the first-ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) in extreme weather conditions. In 1934, Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller made a return voyage from London to Melbourne (Australia) in record time with a twin-engine De Havilland Comet, using a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer. Today’s new Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation.

    THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS
    The Air-King’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Air-King’s high-precision movement and is also fitted with a shield to protect against magnetic fields, a feature of pilots’ watches of the past.

    PERPETUAL CALIBRE 3131
    The Air-King is equipped with calibre 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. The escapement features a paramagnetic escape wheel made from a nickel-phosphorus alloy produced via UV-LiGA (micromanufacturing by electroforming). Calibre 3131 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and boasts a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.

    SOLID-LINK BRACELET AND EASYLINK
    The Air-King is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel with a folding Oysterclasp. This bracelet features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

    SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION
    The Air-King is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watch making norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing its superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative  Chronometer after casing is of the order of -2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The  Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

  • Rolex is introducing a new Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a watch that perpetuates the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster. The new Air-King, with a 40 mm case in 904L steel, features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours and a prominent minutes scale for navigational time readings. The dial bears the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specially for the model in the 1950s. The Air-King carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

    A HOMAGE TO AVIATION
    The new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s privileged ties with the world of aviation during its golden age in the 1930s. It was a period when spectacular progress in aircraft performance constantly expanded humanity’s capacity to conquer the skies, and led to the introduction of long-distance flights. One of the pioneers of this era, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records. Of the Oyster, he said: “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes and I propose to use it on all my long- distance flights in the future”. In 1933, Oyster watches accompanied the  Houston Expedition as it made the first-ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 metres (33,000 feet) in extreme weather conditions. In 1934, Owen Cathcart-Jones and Ken Waller made a return voyage from London to Melbourne (Australia) in record time with a twin-engine De Havilland Comet, using a Rolex Oyster as their on-board chronometer. Today’s new Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oyster’s role in the epic story of aviation.

    THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS
    The Air-King’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Air-King’s high-precision movement and is also fitted with a shield to protect against magnetic fields, a feature of pilots’ watches of the past.

    PERPETUAL CALIBRE 3131
    The Air-King is equipped with calibre 3131, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. It is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. The escapement features a paramagnetic escape wheel made from a nickel-phosphorus alloy produced via UV-LiGA (micromanufacturing by electroforming). Calibre 3131 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and boasts a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.

    SOLID-LINK BRACELET AND EASYLINK
    The Air-King is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel with a folding Oysterclasp. This bracelet features the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

    SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION
    The Air-King is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watch making norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing its superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative  Chronometer after casing is of the order of -2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The  Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

  • Brand  : Rolex
    Collection  : Oyster Perpetual
    Model  : Air-King
    Reference  : 116900 - 78590
    Complement : Steel - Black Dial - Steel Bracelet
    On sale : 2016
    List Price : 5 700 €
    Diameter : 40 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    High Horology
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 3131 Manufacture Rolex
    Calibre distinction : COSC certified
    Chronometer
    Superlative Chronometer
    Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
    Case material : Steel
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down caseback
    Screwed-down crown
    Anti-magnetic
    Smooth steel bezel
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 100 meters
    Dial : Satin-finish
    Dial color : Black
    Display : Luminescent hands
    White gold hands
    Indexes : Triangles
    Arabic numerals
    Luminescent
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Steel
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    Oysterclasp and Easylink extension link
    More characteristics :
    Certification superlative chronometer

    Movement
    Mechanical movement with bidirectionalself-widing via Perpetual rotor
    Precision : −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
    Functions centre hour, minute and seconds hands with stop-seconds for precise time setting
    Oscillator with 28,800 beats/hour (4Hz) frequency
    Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
    Rolex overcoil
    Large balance wheel with variable inertia
    High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
    Traversing balance bridge
    Escapement with paramagnétic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel
    Jewelling with 31 rubies
    Power reserve of Approximately 48 hours

    Case
    Oyster type (monobloc middle case)
    904L steel
    Screw-down case-back with Rolex fluting
    Screw-down winding crown with Twinlock double waterprofness system

    Dial
    Hour markers with 3, 6 and 9 numbers in 18 ct white gold
    Highly legible Chromalight triangle (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold at 12 o’clock
    White transferred minute numerals
    Hands in 18 ct white gold, Chromalight, green seconds hand

    Strap
    Oyster type three-piece solid links
    904L steel
    Clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link