ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, AIR-KING, REF. 116900
ICONEEK price: 6’500.- CHF
Iconeek is proud to present here a nice and attractive Air-King model by Rolex, the Ref. 116900. Ref. 116900 was introduced at the 2016 Baselworld and uses the same case and movement as the Milgauss ref. 116400 (see here).
Produced for the British Royal Air Force and its pilots during and immediately after WWII with ref. 4925, followed by Ref. 4499, the Air-King’s design has evolved over the years much to the delight of collectors who now find a rich variety of different dials, cases and references, each with their own unique attractions. Early Air-king were fitted with a manually winding movement. The dial was only written « Precision » or « Super precision » as the models were not certified chronometer.
Water-resistant to 100m., the model comes with a three-body construction: a large tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, screw-down case back and Twinlock crown, smooth inclined bezel with flat sapphire crystal. The case is engraved between the lugs at 12 with « ORIG ROLEX DESIGN » and at 6 with « STAINLESS STEEL » . The inside back is engraved « 2380 » , as case back are interchangeables. Under the glass, the inside ring is engraved all around « ROLEX » and bears the serial number « 4H963082 ».
Under the sapphire crystal, we find a mint and attractive gloss black dial with applied steel 3, 6,9 numerals, applied luminous triangular index, painted white Arabic numerals, luminous hands, sweep center second, outer minute division. Protected under a screwed antimagnetic cap, the watch is powered by a caliber 3131, mechanical, rhodium plated, certified chronometer, 31 jewels, with hack mechanism, shock absorbers, straight-line lever escapement, blued steel Parachrom Breguet hairspring, monometallic balance with Microstella timing screws, adjusted 5 positions and temperature, self-winding. The stainless steel Oyster bracelet is fitted with an Oysterclasp engraved « 733 » and Easylink adjustment for an extra 5 mm., endlinks engraved H4Y 71200 & K8X 71200. The present watch comes full-set, with its original fitted green presentation box and outer packaging, Air-King booklet, guarantee card dated July 2017, green seal. Dial, case, movement and bracelet are signed.
Condition: 8/10, in very good overall condition, some signs of wear in places, full-set
Model: Oyster Perpetual, Air-King
Collection: Professional watches
Movement no.: 835J0705
Case no.: 4H963082
Material: stainless steel « Oystersteel »
Dial: gloss dial, luminous hand
Movement: Cal. 3131, mechanical, 31 jewels, hack mechanism
Bracelet: stainless steel Oyster with Oysterclasp deployant clasp engraved « 733 » , approx. overall length 175 mm.
Functions: hack mechanism, self-winding, sweep center second
Dimensions: 40 mm. diam.
Water-resistant: yes, tested, 100m by construction
Accessories: fitted Rolex presentation box and outer packaging, green seal, guarantee card dated July 2017, booklet Air-King
Ref. ICO: 99-20-014