Rolex Air King

Soldspan>
Sold
REF 116900
Automatic
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS07119
Article Number 40922102
ref 116900
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Sport
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed Oysterclasp with Easylink (71200). Also includes inner and outer boxes.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, as-new condition showing only faint signs of wear from careful handling with partial factory stickering throughout. Luminous gloss black dial with applied quadrant 'Arabic' indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 116900
Automatic
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS07119
Article Number 40922102
ref 116900
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Sport
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed Oysterclasp with Easylink (71200). Also includes inner and outer boxes.
overall condition The case is in outstanding, as-new condition showing only faint signs of wear from careful handling with partial factory stickering throughout. Luminous gloss black dial with applied quadrant 'Arabic' indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

The Air-King is an oddball in the modern Rolex catalog, but its roots are nothing short of fascinating.

Legend has it that during the Second World War, British aviators in the RAF were sometimes known to purchase Rolex Oyster watches for use as personal timepieces, and that certain of these may even have seen combat during the Battle of Britain. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf then named a series of watches after these intrepid warriors of the skies, with monikers such as Air-Tiger, Air-Lion, Air-Giant, and Air-King. The Air-King is the only model name to have survived through the decades, and lives on the current Reference 126900 — the first to add crown guards.

The particular Air-King we have here, a Reference 116900, is from the generation predating the current model, and lacks crown guards. Released in 2016, it constituted a design refresh for the model family, taking inspiration from vintage dashboard clocks but maintaining the signature “Air King” script on the dial. 

This 116900 is housed in a 40mm stainless steel Oyster case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, and a polished bezel. It features a glossy black dial with printed and applied Arabic indices with a luminous 12:00 triangular index, a matching ‘Mercedes’ handset, and a green ‘lollipop’ seconds hand. Powered by the automatic, chronometer-certified Rolex Calibre 3131 movement with a 48-hour power reserve, it comes paired to a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with Oysterclasp and Rolex's fantastic Easylink system.

Accompanied by factory stickering throughout and a Rolex box, this is an important Rolex reference, and the last before a major design change brought the Air-King in line with its other Professional models via the inclusion of crown guards. 

Don’t sleep on it!

Brand Story

+
Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Make it yours will fit standard 20mm watches

Montserrat Green II Suede Strap

Montserrat Green II Suede Strap

Regular price
$49
Regular price
Sale price
$49
Ibis Red Vegan Strap

Ibis Red Vegan Strap

Regular price
$49
Regular price
Sale price
$49
Rolex Air King

Rolex Air King

Soldspan>
Sold
Rolex Air King

Inquire

Thank you for your interest in the Rolex Air King. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.