The Black dial rolex oyster perpetual air king replica watch ref. 116900 features a dial very similar to that on the Rolex Explorer I ref. 214270 we reviewed here; but this time, including a white minute scale with white numerals. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 features a black glossy dial with applied hour numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
To complete the dial, the new rolex oyster perpetual air king replica watch features a white minute scale for ‘navigational time readings’ as referred to by Rolex, a striking green seconds hand, the Rolex logo in green with a yellow coronet and the ‘Air-King’ writing in the same font as the original model designed in the 1950s. Along with the new Daytona with Cerachrom bezel ref. 116500LN we featured here, the new Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 was the other watch at the Rolex booth that took most of the attention from journalists, retailers and collectors.
The new rolex air king replica watch ref. 116900 was without a doubt, one of the most surprising releases by the ‘Green Giant’ during Baselworld 2016 earlier this year. Per Rolex, the new Air-King epitomizes Rolex’s ties with the world of aviation during the 1930s. During this era, one of the pioneers of aviation, English aviator Charles Douglas Barnard, set a number of flight records and stated that his Rolex Oyster watch was perfectly suited for flying and that he would be using it on all of his long-distance flights. Therefore, in 1933, Rolex Oyster watches accompanied the Houston Expedition as it made the first-ever flight over Mount Everest at an altitude exceeding 10,000 meters.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 is fitted with the legendary Oyster bracelet with satin-brushed finish. The bracelet features solid links throughout and is fitted with a folding Oysterclasp equipped with the Easylink system that allows the wearer to extend the last link on the bracelet by 5 mm.
The new rolex replica watch ref. 116900 is fitted with a 904L stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter and paired with the signature Rolex Oyster bracelet and a smooth polished bezel. The watch is waterproof to 100 meters and its movement is properly protected by its Twinlock screw-down crown and its screwed-in solid case back. The watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal with Rolex’s etched coronet at 6 o’clock. Perhaps the biggest difference of this clasp versus all other modern clasps on Rolex Sports models, is that the Rolex coronet —crown— is this time embossed on bas-relief —low-relief— opposed to being applied and soldered to the clasp.