Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King was gone – did you notice it? We are sure that many of you did the least when we covered the compensation, 2015 Oyster Perpetual at BaselWorld last year. But do not worry if you missed the short absence when the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King returns to Baselworld 2016, and in some interesting ways. Although it can not have sex or luxury cache like pieces like the new Rolex Daytona or Rolex Datejust 41, it’s actually been a surprise to some of us, as that’s not exactly what we’d expect to see from Rolex.
Initially, Rolex is traditionally changed and updated only when they feel it is really necessary – and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King is no exception to the commendable rule. One complaint that was probably more common with Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King was that the 34mm wide case version it was offered was just “not big enough” for modern trends. Well, instead of just releasing an “upsized” model, Rolex left the old model and two years later launched a new, new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King that addressed that issue and brings one of the more entry-level models in Rolex line – again with a very welcome 40mm wide case.
Referring to the clock’s return to the roots of the aviation, Rolex wants this new larger ring to be read highly and clearly. The first impression we received from the new 2016 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King was that it has become so stronger in its design that the previous version looked scaled and extremely conservative. This new model fits much more between Rolex Explorer I and Rolex Milgauss.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King is redirected with only one version of black disc. While it is 40 mm wide, the scissors design is practically the same as Rolex Milgauss. It is basically the same polished 3-6-9 indices as Rolex Explorer I before Rolex updated it this year. It’s an interesting mix, that’s for sure.
Although, what is a truly unusual design decision to come from Rolex, is that which resulted in a mix of hour and minute markers on the same scale. Rolex is rightly proud of its amazing history with tried and proven tool watch design that has made it the deepest and highest places on our planet. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King with this dial design is one that seems to be a bit of a fuss in the range of tool watches.
It would be difficult to refuse to read just an hour or just two-digit minute markers (or just baton indices) on a plate is significantly easier than viewing single-digit hours in some places and minutes in other places. Although I’m sure it’s something that can be used to quite quickly, it looks like a concept, and it seems like something confusing at first – although the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-Kings time-limited functionality and overall good readability, otherwise leaving little room for confusion.