Rolex Air-King Date

If you are looking for a black dial Rolex Datejust or Date, this Air-King might just be an amazing alternative for you.

Housed in a 34mm Oyster case, this watch is perfect for both men and women, big and small. And the Air-King comes with its own unique history that might just speak to you. Check the backstory below for a short recap.

Personally, we just love the cursive font of the Air-King-Date text below the brand. It adds a cool vintage, sporty vibe and a bit of liveliness to the stark black dial. Seriously, this watch is worthy of your consideration even if the Air-King was not previously on your radar.

Note that the handset has been replaced during a prior service.

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Brand

Rolex

Model

Reference

5700

Year of production (circa)

1982

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Black

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

34 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

19 mm

Details
Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Air-King
Diameter 34 mm
Reference 5700
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1982
Lug Width 19 mm
Material Steel
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Acrylic
Dial color Black
Backstory

Rolex is well known for its watches aimed at specific professionals. As such, it is no wonder that the house has a long history in specialist pilot’s watches. From the 1930’s onwards, several variations of the Oyster Perpetual bubble-back were made with names like Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-Tiger. These were commonly bought by RAF pilots during WWII, as an upgrade to their issued watches.

In 1945, a single pilot’s line was launched to replace all of these predecessors: The Rolex Air-King.

Interestingly, the Air-King does not feature too many true aviation features. The archetypal pilot’s watch is big, with a matte black dial and white numerals and preferably a soft iron cage to protect from magnetism. The older Air-Kings have none of that. It is, however, a beautiful and versatile line of watches that is worth considering.

The most popular vintage Air-King is undoubtedly the Ref. 5500. A dual-reference that was also assigned to an Explorer model. To complicate things further, the Ref. 5500 was identical to the Ref. 1002 Oyster Perpetual, except for the dial. The Ref. 5500 was introduced in 1957 and lasted a whopping 37 years, making it the longest-running Rolex reference ever.

Rolex discontinued the Air-King in 2014, only to bring it back in 2016 with the Ref. 116900. A bit of an odd duck in the collection, with its busy dial with yellow and green details. It is, however, a fan favorite in the modern lineup, together with the equally quirky Milgauss.

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