Roger Federer didn’t win a match on Day 1 at the Laver Cup in London, but he celebrated anyway. It was his retirement match, in doubles for Team Europe alongside his great rival and friend Rafael Nada, and it ended in tears – a dramatic end to a brilliant career. What watch did he choose for this momentous occasion? Yes, it’s a Rolex, but not an obvious choice.
Unlike Nadal, who wears a Richard Mille watch while playing, Federer’s Rolex is only seen on his wrist when he leaves the court. Seen on the bench alongside Nadal, even casual Rolex fans will immediately recognize the 2022 Air-King. such as A Rolex AmbassadorThe brand on his wrist isn’t surprising, but the model is one of Rolex’s sport watches that flies relatively under the radar.
Long considered something of a runt in the Rolex lineup, the Air-King ($7,400) It returned this year to mixed reception. Say what you will about this polarizing model, but it’s strongly identified with its quirky, double-digit hour markers — it’s clear at a glance that this is a 2022 model, as the new “05” minute marker and crown guards stand out. Immediately. Being easily recognizable is what makes a watch iconic, and collectors often suggest that a legend like Federer wearing it so visibly increases the watch’s status.
Choosing a relatively overlooked model shows character and personality, but Federer actually wore a different watch each day at the Laver Cup, which spanned three days: on the second and third days, he wore Green Dial Oyster Perpetual ($6,150) 2nd day and higher level day-date On the 3rd day. He actually only played on the first day, a practical and sporty choice that probably makes sense, but the day-date that ends the event feels like the perfect “retirement watch.”
Federer will remain a legend and a Rolex ambassador as well. The Air-King, on the other hand, is certainly a contender – though like the brand’s other steel sport watches it will also fetch a higher price than retail.