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In 1989, Rolex introduced the then-new mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 14000 with a smooth bezel and the ref. 14010 with an engine-turned bezel. These two models—which ran on Caliber 3000—retained the 34mm case size and time-only functionality. They did, however, now feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the face on the watch.
Rolex then revamped these models in 2000 with the Rolex Air King ref. 14000M and the ref. 14010M to include the Caliber 3130. It’s worth noting that these models all still included the “Precision” label on the dial.
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In 1989, Rolex introduced the then-new mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 14000 with a smooth bezel and the ref. 14010 with an engine-turned bezel. These two models—which ran on Caliber 3000—retained the 34mm case size and time-only functionality. They did, however, now feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the face on the watch.
Rolex then revamped these models in 2000 with the Rolex Air King ref. 14000M and the ref. 14010M to include the Caliber 3130. It’s worth noting that these models all still included the “Precision” label on the dial.
Although Rolex is famous for constantly improving their watches, the timepieces tend to maintain the same overall aesthetic throughout the years. In fact, today’s Submariner, GMT Master, and Daytona watches look remarkably similar to those from the 1950s and 1960s. This is part and parcel of the Rolex magic—a signature style that is instantly recognizable. However, this no longer applies to the Air King. In fact, current iterations of the Rolex Air King models look absolutely nothing like preceding models.
The Air King made its debut in 1945 as a tribute to British air force pilots of the era. The Air King timepiece was typically regarded as an entry-level Rolex watch with its smaller 34mm size, minimalistic three-handed dial, and more accessible price point. As one of the longest running Rolex collections still in production today, there have been so many different Air King references throughout its history. But we’ll focus on a few of the most popular Air King references in the secondary market, as well as a quick look at the most current version.

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In 1989, Rolex introduced the then-new mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 14000 with a smooth bezel and the ref. 14010 with an engine-turned bezel. These two models—which ran on Caliber 3000—retained the 34mm case size and time-only functionality. They did, however, now feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the face on the watch.
Rolex then revamped these models in 2000 with the Rolex Air King ref. 14000M and the ref. 14010M to include the Caliber 3130. It’s worth noting that these models all still included the “Precision” label on the dial.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King is one of the most affordable used Rolex watches on that market today.  A great introductory piece, the reference 14000 that is offered here features a versatile all-steel design with a stainless steel 34mm Oyster case, Oyster bracelet, and Oyster clasp.  A blue dial with sweeping hands topped with lume and a Rolex Crown at the 12-hour marker create a sleek design that is appropriate for all occasions, formal or casual.  The case is waterproof up to 330 feet, allowing you to wear your Air King dress watch virtually anywhere.  In addition to its timeless style, the men’s Air King pilots watch boasts a background rich in aviation history, adding to its investment value.