Rolex Saudi Air Force Air King

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1997

Reference number: n/a

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 5,700

Watch details

Co-branded Rolex timepieces are in their own category with collectors and many of these pieces have originated in the Middle East. Those examples with a military connection tend to be further favored by enthusiasts. This unique watch offers a striking visual appeal, with the bold green Saudi Air Force logo- applied to an Air King, naturally-  a bold contrast on the pink dial. The watch is offered in like new condition, with the original Rolex factory sticker still fully intact on the case back. Original Oyster bracelet #78350. 34mm. Stock 36900


Joshua Bonifas

The Rolex AirKing has a long a storied history spanning back to the mid-1930.  Prior to World War II, British pilots utilized Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatches as they were slightly larger than British standard issue at the time, and were much more reliable. Rolex learned of the pilot’s preference for Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches and during the late 1930’s and into the war, Rolex created wristwatches such as the “Air Lion,” “Air King,” “Air Tiger,” and “Air Giant.” The first actual Air King was born in 1945 and acted to conglomerate all the “Air” watches into one watch. The Rolex AirKing remained relatively untouched going into the 1950-1960’s with the exception of some visual refinements. Staying at 34MM, the AirKing was available in gold plating, and two tone bracelets and bezels. Without a date mechanism and being 2mm smaller, the AirKing did not compete with the ever-popular Rolex DateJust. In 1989/2000 the AirKing received a movement improvement, and later in 2007 became a fully certified COSC chronometer like the majority of the Rolex watch line.