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1978 Rolex Air King Stainless Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Vintage 1978 Rolex Air King Stainless Automatic There is no doubting Rolex's position in the world of watchmaking or in modern culture for that matter. If Rolex watches were cars, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

2001 Rolex Air King Model 14000m
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
2001 Rolex Air King Model 14000m Additional Information: Maker: Rolex Model: 14000M Year: 2001 Material: Stainless Steel Dial: Original Salmon Movement: Automatic Case Measurement: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King 114210, Silver Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King Reference #:114210. Rolex Air-King 114210 Unisex Automatic Watch Silver Dial Stainless Steel 35mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114200
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Air-King Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114200 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, no-date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with stainless steel smooth bezel (34mm diameter). ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 14000 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air King in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds. 34 mm case size. Ref 14000. Circa 1996. **Bank Wire at this price only** Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Clas...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Men's Watch 14000 - Automatic winding. Stainless Steel ( 34 mm ). Salmon dial with white stick hour markers. Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet. Pre-owned...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King 0 5500 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007637 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Air-King Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 5500 Age: 1978 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Service Pouch Dial: Silver Baton Gl...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King 114200 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002720 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Air-King Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 114200 Age: 2010 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder & Open G...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King 0 14000 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007576 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Air-King Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 14000 Age: 1997 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Service Pouch Dial: Silver Baton Glass: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King 114210, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King Reference #:114210. Rolex Air-King 114210 Unisex Automatic Watch Silver Dial Stainless Steel 35mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Gents 116900, 2017
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3922 Model: 116900 Serial: NE9***** Condition: 10 - Unworn Condition Age: 1st June 2017 Case Diameter: 40 mm Case Size: 40mm Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Movemen...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King 114210, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King Reference #: 114210. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 35 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King 114210, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King Reference #: 114210. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 35 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King 35 114200 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007674 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Air-King Model Variant: 35 Model Number: 114200 Age: 2010 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Service Pouch Dial: Silver Baton Gl...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Air-King Precision 5500 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007575 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Air-King Model Variant: Precision Model Number: 5500 Age: 1973 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Service Pouch Dial: Silver ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King with Custom Orange Dial, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Comany STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Ref. 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA: 1970's DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Win...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 14000 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 14000 Serial: A792*** Year: 2000 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Blue ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King 114210 Unisex Automatic Watch Silver Dial Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King 114210 Unisex Automatic Watch Silver Dial Stainless Steel 35mm
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Rolex Air King Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Silver, Steel

Rolex Air King Precision Stainless Steel Ref 14010M Wristwatch, circa 2006
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Air King Precision reference 14010M with engine-turned bezel, black dial, green sticker on back case, sapphire crystal, caliber 3130 automatic movement and on a Hermes style re...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King White Dial Domed Bezel Men's Watch 14000 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm White Dial Domed Bezel Mens Watch 14000 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King White Dial Steel Men's Watch 14010 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm White Dial Steel Mens Watch 14010 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel en...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King White Dial Domed Bezel Men's Watch 14000 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm White Dial Domed Bezel Mens Watch 14000 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Blue Roman Dial Steel Men's Watch 114210 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King Blue Roman Dial Steel Mens Watch 114210 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Air-King Men's Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Watch 5500
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Air-King Men's Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Watch 5500 - Automatic winding, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (34mm diameter). Very rare and d...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Silver Dial Steel Men's Watch 114210 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch 114210 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King White Dial Domed Bezel Men's Watch 14000 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm White Dial Domed Bezel Mens Watch 14000 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34mm Silver Dial Smooth Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Air King 5520 Gold Shell Wristwatch Box Papers 1 Owner
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1982 Rolex Air King Reference 5520 Wrist Watch, 34 M.M. Gold Shell 2 Piece case with Stainless Steel Oyster Back, Caliber 1520, 26 Jewel Automatic, self winding movement, Gold ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled

Rolex Air King White Roman Dial Steel Unisex Watch 114200 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King White Roman Dial Steel Unisex Watch 114200 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 114234 Blue Concentric Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 114234 Serial: Z866*** Year: 2007 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: 18K White Gold Dial: Bleu Conc...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King Gents Stainless Steel Silver Dominos Pizza Dial 5500
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 34 mm Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Air-King Gents Wristwatch, silver dial with applied hour markers, Domino's Pizza logo at 6 0'clock, a fixed stainless steel smooth bezel, a s...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Silver, Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel smoot...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Air King 114210 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers, 2007
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 114210 Serial: Z867*** Year: 2007 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Blue Face: Sapphire ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King Ref. 5500 Burgundy Maroon Dial Steel Watch 'W-141'
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Brand: Rolex Model Name: Air King Model Number: 5500 Movement: Automatic Jewels: 26 Jewels Case Size: 34 mm ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King Oyster Perpetual SS Men's Automatic Watch 5500 1979
By Rolex
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Movement #1520 (26 Jewels) Case #5500 Serial #61608XX Year: 1979 Stainless Steel Case 34 mm in Diameter (37 mm w/ Crown) Lug-to-Lug Distance = 40 mm Lug-to-Lug Width = 19 mm Thicknes...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel smoot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Men's Watch 14000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34 Black Dial Domed Bezel Steel Mens Watch 14000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel smoot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Air-King Oyster Perpetual Steel Gold Silver Dial Unisex Watch 114234
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Air-King 114234 is a beautiful Unisex timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 5501 Silver Dial 14 Karat Yellow Gold Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5501 Serial: 1560*** Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Leather Band Bezel: 14K Yellow Gold Bezel Dial: Silver Fa...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 5501 14 Karat Yellow Gold Stainless Steel Leather Strap
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5501 Serial: 968*** Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Leather Band Bezel: 14K Yellow Gold Dial: Silver Face: Ac...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Air King 34 Silver Dial Blue Baton Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34 Silver Dial Blue Baton Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 34 Silver Dial Pink Baton Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King 34 Silver Dial Pink Baton Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver, Steel

Rolex Air King Silver Dial Blue Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Air King Silver Dial Blue Hour Markers Steel Watch 114200 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Custom Gray Meteorite Diamond Dial Steel Men's 1969 Watch 5500
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Custom Diamond dial. Round and Baguette Diamonds. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronostore presentation box and authenticity card. Covered by a one-year Chro...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Ref.14000 Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Steel Watch, Vintage 'R-12'
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Brand: Rolex Model: Air King Model Number: 14000 Collection: Oyster Perpetual Movement: Automatic self-winding ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Precision Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: hours, minutes, seconds Case: 34mm stainless steel case, smooth bezel, screw-down crown, water resistant to 100 meters Dial: custom diamond black mother...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Ref. 5500 Oyster Perpetual Air-King Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Firenze, IT
Precision, case No. 7240397, Ref. 5500 Made in 1982. Fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with a stainless steel Rolex bracelet with deploy...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Air King, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Reference 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1970's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 41mm X 35mm MOVEMENT / CA...
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Vintage 1970s Modernist Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Air King Charcoal Dial Circa 1969
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Ref. 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 41mm X 35mm CIRCA: 1969 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Win...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Air King Precision Wristwatch Ref 5500
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Air King Precision reference 5500 in stainless steel. This has a silvered dial, stick numerals, smooth bezel, automatic movement and is on a new modern strap/buckle.
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King Men's Watch, 116900 Black
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Stainless steel case with brushed finished top & polished finished case edges. Polished stainless steel fixed smooth bezel ring. Polished stainless steel "Twinlock" crown featuring ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Vintage 1960s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Precision, 1520
By Rolex
Located in Carlisle, GB
This 34mm Classic and Elegant Vintage Hand-winding watch is in Good Working order and in a well look after condition for its Age. some tiny scratches on the strap and the glass Ple...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless steel Air King Automatic Wristwatch, Ref 14000
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 14000 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 34mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Stainless steel smooth bezel Dial: Blue dial Bracelet: Sta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Steel Oyster Air King with Original Papers from 1996
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1996 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 42mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual W...
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Air King with Original Blue Dial, circa 1990s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: 14000 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1990's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm X 31mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Win...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Air King with Custom Dial, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Ref. 1002 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding /...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King Black Dial Steel Watch 116900 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King Black Dial Steel Watch 116900 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Classic Air King from 1979 or 1980
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1979 / 1980 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 40mm X 35mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER:...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Rolex Biography and Important Works

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.


But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.


But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.


Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.


The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.


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Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.