With a history of nearly 70 years, the Rolex Air-King has one of the most
complicated histories of all Rolex collections. During World War II, Rolex
promised to supply SpeedKing or other designated models to British prisoners
of war in German camps on credit. As the war drew to a close, Rolex founder
Hans Wilsdorf chose to cash in on a range of aviation-themed watches for raf
pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain. “Air” series include Air-Lion,
Air-Giant, Air-Tiger, Air-King. Today, only Air-King still exists.
The first real Air King was the 4365 and 4925 from 1945. “Air” 4365 and 4925
were introduced the same year, 4365 a little earlier. The succession to the
market is 4365/4925, 44999, 6552,5500, 14000,14000m, and then the final
However In 1958, Rolex implemented a unique growth plan for a specific
market. Measures include the launch of the Air-King-date model 5700/5701
(medium gold) (which is the only 35mm Air King with a calendar). And the 550X
model for the US and Commonwealth markets. At the same time, the 35mm
5504Explorer shell was also used for the Air-King. The shell of the 5500Air
King also fits the earlier 5500Exploter. Both models are of the same mode.
Before 5500, except 6552, all used Cal 10.5′ movement. Rolex released three
new models in a row in 1945 and 46 years. The 6552, introduced in 1953, was
only a transitional model, as it also seemed very similar to the 5500.
The 5500 was introduced in 1957 with 1520 or 1530 cores, but due to US import
laws the number of 1520 and 1530 cores available for the US market was
reduced to 17 diamonds. 1520 in other markets; The 1530 core has 25 or 26
gems. The difference between the core models is that the dial is represented
by the words Precision for 1520 and Super Precision for 1530. Many face
plates were used during the 37 years of production operation. Many companies
worked with Rolex to put their names on the plates. Today, some are extremely
rare, including double red. The dial is an early production of the Air King
and Super Precision dials written in red.
The 14000M series gave way to the 1142XX in 2007. The series is a brand new
face plate for AirKing. The new concentric dial was added, the ears were
thickened, and a brand new Oyster strap (78350) was replaced. 14010M was
upgraded to 114210 and the outer ring was retained, but only for an initial
period. (It has been discontinued). Then fluted Bezel was applied to Air King
outer ring for the first time. It is 114234 now. In addition, 1142XX is the
first Air King to receive COSC certification. These changes make the Air King
series firmly into the modern Rolex family, become an indispensable part of
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