With a few ingenious tweaks, Rolex breathed new life into an overlooked model. 2022 Air-King ref. 126900 Breaks from tradition by combining many of the brand’s strong attributes in a novel way.
Remember, Rolex refreshes the collection every year with these important changes. The Air-King has always been polarizing and this new model is no exception. But with a sportier case and all-around upgrades, the Air-King should have a much wider appeal than its predecessor.
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The new Rolex Air-King has crown guards
At first glance, the Air-King carries the key design features of the outgoing model. But there is one big difference: the crown guards, which protect the crown from bumps and give it a more sporty and robust character.
It’s the brand’s oyster case design you know and love from sport watches like the Submariner and other watches in its “Professional” line. Switching to a new case may seem like a small change… but it’s a major one for Rolex.
The Air-King feels like a proper pilot’s watch and unlike any other Rolex
The crown guards are paired with a smooth, unworked bezel — a combination found nowhere else in the brand’s current or historical catalog.
The crown guards give the watch some much-needed character and combined with the dial design give it a much sportier feel.
The Air-Kings bracelet has also been upgraded
As part of the all-around upgrade, the Oyster bracelet also gets a redesign with wider center links and an Oysterlock safety clasp.
Along with the 3230 movement, these are the types of updates you’d normally expect on newer models. All together, these are the features that add up to make Rolex watches so beloved.
Don’t forget the loom on this new Rolex
While previous iterations of the Air-King were rightly criticized for not having loomed elements on their dials, the new model rectifies that to make it much clearer and more functional.
Another detail is that the five-minute marker now has a zero, which helps it feel more balanced with the remaining two-digit numbers around the dial. Rolex nerds would approve.
Air-King has the latest automatic movement technology
The new Rolex models get the latest technology and the 3230 automatic movement brings the Air-King up to speed with the brand’s most current models. As expected, it has chronometer certification and a 70-hour power reserve.
The Air-King is still one of the most affordable Rolexes
Like the outgoing model, the new Air-King is still one of the most affordable watches you can get from Rolex. At $7,400, it’s the entry point to 40mm steel sport watches from Rolex — and with its new upgrades, it doesn’t feel like a compromise.
The new Rolex Air-King, at a glance
Movement: 3230 automatic
Water resistance: 100 m
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