Air-King, Air-Tiger, Air-Lion, and Air-Giant
The understated design of the Rolex Air-King does not disclose the heroic and rich history that lead to the creation of this classic watch. During World War II, the water-resistant timepieces were extremely popular with the pilots of the British Royal Air Force. The watches were so popular that courageous pilots set aside their military issued watches in order to purchase Rolex watches from their own earnings. When Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, heard of this unprecedented brand loyalty, he dedicated a special watch line to the brave pilots.
Back then, the new timepieces were said to be extremely large and had “flying” names: Air-Tiger, Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-King. The Air-King design melds simplicity and elegance, and can still be found today in the definitive product range of Rolex. Over the years, this watch has been adapted to suit the preferences of different times. Used Air-King watches are very popular amongst collectors, particularly when rich with history. The US-American airline, Pan AM, gave Rolex Air-King timepieces to retiring pilots. This special edition of the Air-King is much sought-after by collectors.
The story of the Rolex Air-King began over half a century ago. The aesthetics of the watch along with its fascinating history contribute to the everlasting value of the Rolex Air-King.