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Rolex Air-King Watch 116900-0001

$13,105

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The Rolex Air-King, reference number 116900-0001, is a member of the exquisite “Air-King” collection that pays homage to the golden age of aviation during the 1930s. The watch boasts a stainless steel Oyster case fitted with a smooth stainless steel bezel. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and is presented on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, secured on the wrist with a folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link. This model is equipped with the 3131 self-winding mechanical movement that builds up power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The black dial has Arabic numerals and features the name Air-King in the same lettering that was designed specifically for the model in the 1950s. The dial boasts highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence and features central hours, minutes and seconds. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters. This timepiece is offered in pre-owned condition and includes the manufacturer’s papers.

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While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's 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 aforementioned 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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Located in Southampton, PA

Over more than 15 years, this seller has built a solid reputation as a trusted purveyor of new, estate, antique and vintage jewelry and watches to a global clientele. In addition to offering an impressive selection of pieces by brands like Bulgari, Cartier and Audemars Piguet, it prides itself on being able to source hard-to-find items or comparable models.

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