The Air-King is one of the least-discussed models in the Rolex catalogue, yet it is one of Rolex’s oldest lines of watches with a rich and unique history that dates all the way back replica rolex air king watches to 1945. Although the Air-King has never traditionally been fitted with any specific features or complications, it has always represented an entry point into Rolex ownership, with its legendary reliability and minimalist feature-set.
The Rolex Air-King first began its existence after Rolex co-founder, Hans Wilsdorf heard stories of British World War II pilots ditching their standard-issue, field watches in favor of their personally purchased, Oyster Perpetual timepieces, due to their superior accuracy and dependability. To honor the brave RAF pilots who were so fond of his products, Wilsdorf decided to release a series of watches with aviation-themed names. Despite the numerous different lines of watches that were released to market, only the Air-King remained in production, and can still be found in the Rolex catalogue today.
The very first Rolex Air-King from 1945 was the reference 4925, which combined a number of different traits that were characteristic of Rolex’s other various aviation-themed watches. A small number of Air-King references quickly followed the reference 4925; however in 1957, Rolex released a new generation of the replica rolex watches , the reference 5500, that would go on to remain in production for the next 37 years.
The reference 5500 used a 34 mm stainless steel Oyster case, which was fitted with a thick acrylic crystal and a matching stainless steel Oyster bracelet. Depending on the year of production and country in which the watch was sold, the reference 5500 Air-King was fitted with either Rolex’s caliber 1520 or caliber 1530 movement. Despite the difference in movements, none of the reference 5500 Air-King watches were chronometer certified, and consequently none had the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text appear on the surface of their dials.