The watch many true Rolex followers have been waiting for is here. The Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King, a substantial re-introduction of an old classic, may have been upstaged at BaselWorld 2016 by its better-known siblings the Daytona and Explore, but this is the sleeping giant.
The 40mm watch, which pays tribute to its aviation roots, is at once both attractive and technically advanced. The replica rolex watch holds the brand’s Superlative Chronometer Certification, meaning that the movement not only undergoes rigorous testing to pass the COSC standards, but also undergoes further testing in the Rolex workshops after being cased.
Crafted in 904L steel (all Rolex steel replica watches are made of this steel), the distinctive watch features a black dial with three large numerals (3,6,9) and a bold minute scale that counts out 5, 10, 20, 25, etc. instead of the traditional numbers. The best thing about the dial, though, is the Air-King name – written in original 1950’s Air-King typeface — prominently placed and written in bright green.
Back in the 1930’s, Rolex was highly involved in the world of aviation and exploration, and the Replica Rolex Oyster accompanied a number of pioneers on their endeavors, including being used on the first flight over Mount Everest (at altitudes higher than 33,000 feet) by the Houston Expedition in 1933. The new watch pays homage to those adventures with its technical advances that include a high degree of anti-magnetism (thanks to an escape wheel made of a nickel-phosphorous alloy), 100 meters of water resistance (thanks to the Twinlock water-proof system), and high-precision caliber.
In fact the Caliber 3131 self-winding mechanical movement has been developed in house and is equipped with a patented Parachrom hairspring in the oscillator. Parachrom is an alloy exclusive to Swiss Rolex that possess extreme stability when exposed to temperature variations, shocks and more. The case is a monobloc with screw-down case back and crown, and the fake watch is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. The watch also offers an alluring Chromalight display that exudes a blue luminescence for easy night reading. Maybe best of all: a retail price tag of $160 — that is even better than its Explorer brother.
Roberta Naas is founder of A Timely Perspective; Watch Seduction (for women); and author of six books on replica watches.