ON THE WRIST: Rolex Air-King

THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2015

The Air-King may be the entry model to men’s Rolex but you are definitely not getting anything that’s of inferior. Its 34mm case looks no less than perfect if not slightly rugged on ladies. Retailing at about fifteen grand is extreme value since the Air-King shares the same 3130 movement with the more expensive Submariner. More importantly, the AK has been around for a good 70 years as a dedication from Hans Wilsdorf to commemorate the bravery of British air pilots.

PRO

Excellent fit and finish

Entirely in-house

On-wrist comfort

CON

Petite in size

SPECIFICATION

34 mm Diameter

11 m Thickness

100m Water Resistance

42 hours Power Reserve

31 Jewels 199 Components

RM 16,800

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" With that crown strapped to your wrist,

you can take on the world "

This oyster captured me by surprise when I was deciding on whether to join the Submariner or Luminor bandwagon as we are now in the age of larger watches. Fortunately, I was particularly drawn to the Air-King’s understatement and simplicity. Despite that, I do prefer the even cleaner design on vintage AKs (reference 5500) where less is more because ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ just makes things somewhat cluttered.

After having lived a year with the Air-King, it has been more than positive experience as it is the one that has spent significantly more time on my wrist than other watches. One many reasons is the cleverly designed oyster bracelet makes it so convenient to put on or take off. The AK’s weight too is spot on, by no means a featherweight but possesses a heft that oozes quality. More importantly, on wrist comfort.

The AK is no less than perfect, as a result I would not liked it more if it were bigger, bulkier or heavier. There’s just something about having the Air-King as a companion.. from its brilliant proportions give it an excellent stance accompanied by the sounds that the metal bracelet gives as it moves with your wrist is no less than perfect. All in all, buy the watch that defines you and not the one that is favoured by others. The Air-King will never be a disappointing choice for anyone’s first watch, be it a graduation or an important day in one’s life.

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