In 2014, Rolex made several consolidating moves that helped position the Oyster Perpetual as the brand’s entry level steel sports watch. One of these adjustments was the discontinuation of the Air-King model, first introduced in 1945. When reissued in 2016, the Air-King featured a controversial design and the ladies version was nowhere to be found. That has made these watches collectible even as far as Rolex goes thanks to their unbeatable quality, scarcity, and unique history.
The reference on hand today – 114234 – is from 2007-2008 based on the serial number. Housed in a 34mm steel case, this watch has survived the era of oversized timepieces and is now back in the crosshairs of collectors looking for watches that are more subtle, more wearable, and less conspicuous. Not that the Air-King Ladies doesn’t have character – quite the opposite. Notice the playful pink indices set on the light sunburst dial as proof of this. Eleven links in the bracelet will fit wrists up to 7”. A subtly textured bezel adds to the characteristic of this modern classic and with water resistance up to 100M, the Air-King is also a water-king of sorts.