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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King was gone – did you notice that? We are sure many of you did, at the least, when we covered its replacement, the 2015 Oyster Perpetual at BaselWorld last year… But worry not, if you missed its brief absence, as the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King is back for Baselworld 2016, and in a few interesting ways. While it may not have the sex appeal or luxury cache as pieces like the new Rolex Daytona or Rolex Datejust 41, it’s actually been more of a surprise for a few of us, as it is not exactly something we would have expected to see from Rolex.

New 2016 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Though, what is a truly unusual design decision to come from Rolex is the one that resulted in a mix of hour and minute markers on the same scale. Rolex is rightfully proud of its amazing history of tried and proven tool watch designs that have made it to the deepest and highest spots on our planet. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King with this dial design is one that appears to be a bit of a misfit in that range of tool watches.

Although one will not find the storied AirKing in Rolex literature and catalogs, its replacement, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, is a fine watch with a provenance that was the underlying basis for the Rolex AirKing. Come to Fourtané and see all the dial styles and sizes.  Be careful, once you try one on, its easy to find it way into your collection.

 

Rolex Oyster 36

The Rolex Oyster 36 came out in 2014, and was, almost immediately, taken for granted, which if you stop and think about it, is in a funny way a compliment to the watch.It’s simply a very solid watch, and since its whole identity is to be the paradigmatic everyday watch – reliable, classic, versatile, accurate, and dependable; the sort of thing an actual spy might wear, especially the sort whose stock in trade is to go unnoticed – flying under the radar is sort of exactly what it’s supposed to do. But like so many steady, steadfast things in life, there’s a lot of dignity and even beauty in the Oyster 36, if you pay attention.

Rolex Oyster 36 Hands-On: Grape Flavored Oyster: The Rolex Oyster 36 With Red Grape Dial Hands-On: Grape Flavored Oyster: The Rolex Oyster 36 With Red Grape Dial P5050305

The movement’s certainly a solid one, and a reminder of just how much more you get from Rolex at this price point chronometrically than you do from virtually all their competition: the manufacture caliber 3130, chronometer certified, with Parachrom balance with Breguet overcoil, adjustable balance bridge, and free-sprung balance with Microstella balance screws for adjustment of rate.

Now if you want a version of this watch that has all the understated, just-the-facts-ma’am, poker faced, Joe Friday quality for which so many Rolexes are famous, you can have this watch in steel with a grey dial and you won’t have a moment’s regret; you’ll own a watch you can look at every day for the rest of your life, with a fantastic movement that’s all sorts of bang for the buck, that will give you all the pride of ownership you could possibly ask for in a mechanical watch. But why not have, you know, a little fun.

n 1933, the combination of gold and steel Rolex was registered under the name Rolesor. Three years after the launch of the Oyster Perpetual in 1945 the model was introduced in Rolesor. He was an instant success, reaching to distinguish the status of a legendary clock, with the naked eye. Today Rolesor Datejust is available in various combinations: white steel, yellow gold or Everose.

For Rolex, stone property is the expression of a complex art form, and high labor productivity, which has earned its reputation through a fine art and creativity.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

In 1972 the final Quartz Date watches from the single run of 1000 were sold and Rolex abandoned the Beta 21 and began with a clean slate designing their own quartz movement and a totally new watch to house it. Over five years of research, design, and development went into the 5035/5055 movement that would eventually power the Oysterquartz. The end result is arguably the finest quartz movement that has ever been made.

In moving away from the First Generation quartz technology that characterized the Beta 21 and other early quartz movements, Rolex recognized that two key elements to superior accuracy in quartz timekeeping would be needed in their new quartz movement: A higher frequency oscillator and some means to negate the effects of temperature change on the stability of the oscillator. Consequently, the oscillator used in the 5035/5055 was four times as fast as that used in the Beta 21 and the module was one of the first quartz movements to utilize analog thermocompensation. Oscillator stability over a wide temperature range was accomplished through the use of a thermistor to sense ambient temperature.  Data from this sensor is sent to the electronic control module which then regulates the voltage to the quartz crystal, adjusting its rate accordingly.  In addition, a rate trimmer is employed on the circuit board which enables the movement to be manually “fine tuned” during Rolex’s notoriously rigid internal testing and adjustment, something every Rolex movement goes through before being sent to the COSC for “official” chronometer certification.  The rate trimmer also allows for manual  adjustment when the movement is serviced to compensate for the frequency drift that comes with the aging of the quartz crystal.

Even though the technology of quartz wristwatch timekeeping has moved beyond that found in the 5035/5055, this movement still remains one of the most “over-engineered” quartz movements ever produced and clearly carries on the Rolex tradition of solid engineering, superb finishing, and understated beauty. Advancements in technology have yielded quartz modules with superior accuracy, but when it debuted, the 5035/5055 only had one true rival from a technological standpoint: the 2.4Mhz Omega 1516 movement used in their famous Marine Chronometer wristwatches of the mid 70s.  But from the standpoint of “build quality” and finish (anglage, perlage, and Geneva stripes), the 5035/5055 still reigns supreme, something that is not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

Besides being a Rolex – considering the impact of the brand on the industry, this could be itself a proper category of watches – the Rolex Oyster Perpetual sits right in the middle of two main types of watches. It’s neither a dress watch, nor a sports watch. We like to call it a casual watch. It’s like a Levi’s 501. You can mix it with your ugliest grey hoodie or with a white shirt. The same goes for the Oyster Perpetual. You can wear it during weekends with a pair of sneakers or during the week with your suit and tie. That’s the watch made for the non-collectors, in the sense of those that are not accumulating timepieces. It’s simple, very qualitative (it’s a Rolex) and it could be your next and only watch for the 30 years to come. Of course, aficionados will find it boring and that’s why Rolex comes with new editions for 2015, with more colorful dials.

2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm - 8

On the wrist, the 2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm is, as said, a perfect daily-beater for those seeking for a qualitative, robust and discreet watch. As the diameter and thickness are reasonable, it feels comfortable and it looks good in every situation. It is the definition of a casual watch.

Rolex Milgauss History

The Milgauss was designed as an antimagnetic watch specifically for those who worked in power plants, medical facilities, and research labs. Before Rolex released the Milgauss, scientists and other like professionals had a serious problem; an electromagnetic field greater than 50 to 100 gauss would greatly disrupt the timing of a watch. Therefore, they either had to deal with a dysfunctional timepiece, or simply not wear a watch. However, the release of the Milgauss changed that. Tested in the 1950s by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s pre-eminent particle physics laboratory, it was determined that the Milgauss resisted magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss. This was a huge technological advancement, not only for Rolex, but for the scientific community. CERN was one of the first scientific institutions to test the Milgauss, however other scientists and institutions soon followed.

The original Milgauss was very similar in appearance to the Rolex Submariner, a very popular style for the brand. The original Milgauss features an oversized case and bezel, complete with the patented Twinlock crown, and a riveted Oyster bracelet. A special orange lightning bolt second hand has come to be one of the most recognizable features of the Milgauss. Combined with the watch’s bezel, the second hand can be stopped when setting time to ensure precise time setting. It is still featured on current models.

 

Rolex Milgauss 116400

The reliability and precision of an ordinary mechanical watch can be affected by a magnetic field of 50 to 100 gauss. But many scientists are exposed to much higher magnetic fields during the course of their work. Rolex’s solution was the Milgauss, created in 1956, the first watch of its kind. Hence the name of the watch, mille being French for thousand.

History of GMT-Master

Although the GMT-Master was designed essentially for professional use, its combination of peerless functionality and rugged good looks has attracted a wider travelling public. As well as appreciating its ability to display different time zones, these travellers admire the robustness and versatile appearance that make the GMT-Master eminently suitable for globetrotting and, indeed, for any occasion.

he Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date GMT Master is part of the Rolex Professional Watch Collection. Designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways for use by their pilots and navigators, it was launched in 1954.

An updated Rolex GMT Master II was released in 2005. This new model features a number of technical changes, such as Rolex’s patented Parachrom hairspring as well as a larger Triplock crown (from the diver’s watches). The new model also has several cosmetic changes, such as larger case, hands and hour markers and also a new bezel made using an extremely hard ceramic material that is designed to be more scratch and fade resistant. Also included in the update is a new and more luxurious style of bracelet that has heavier solid links and a machined clasp. The stainless steel version now joins the precious metal versions by having highly polished centre links on its bracelet, which gives the watch a more dressy appearance but can be prone to scratches when used as an everyday watch.

A new Rolex Daytona

Now that Baselworld is three weeks behind us, we can take a minute to answer the questions you all have about this – the most talked about watch of 2016, and the one that you’ve been told already has a very, very long waiting list – you know, the brand new Rolex Daytona.

This watch is hot, and in this post we will cover the specs, the details, and give you our own thoughts on it after spending a brief moment with it in the Rolex booth. What’s more, we’ll give you an idea of when the first batch will hit stores, how many an authorized dealer might hope to get it in calendar year 2016, and how many people are currently on the wait list.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty ornery that day at Basel (ask Stephen P. if you run into him, he’ll tell you). I remember speaking to Jack about at a dinner that Basel – he was a frenemy then, as EiC of Revolution, and he put it clearly: Is a $75,000 watch with brown bezel and blue dial the Daytona we all wanted then, or worse, was it what we all deserved in celebrating 50 years of Cosmograph? I can say that 2013 was the year that many of us reached peak Rolex annoyance – as if the kid down the street, the one you told people was your best friend, and who happened to be the smartest, coolest, and most popular kid in the 8th grade, had forgotten to invite you to his birthday party. You’re angry, dejected, but on Monday, when you see him in the cafeteria and he invites you to sit at the cool kids’ table, you quickly forgive and forget, because it’s him.

In shooting the new Daytona in less than ideal lighting, you see everything. In fact you see much more in that horrible yellow light of a trade show booth than you would anywhere else. In these pictures you can see every strange glare, every finger print, every scratch, but the most interesting thing to note is the almost glossiness on the dial. They appear as if they’re almost enameled, or lacquered – they’re not, but in these pictures, they look like they would be.

Rolex Daytona

Created by Rolex in 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a watch born to race. It has established an extraordinary track record in the world of motor sport thanks to its reliability and performance. Known simply as the “Daytona”, the watch has risen to the rank of an icon as one of the best known chronographs in the world.

A key part of the model’s identity is the bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale for measuring average speeds of up to 400 miles or kilometres per hour. The new monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic offers a number of advantages: it is corrosion resistant, virtually scratchproof and the colour is unaffected by UV rays. This extremely durable bezel also offers an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of platinum in the numerals and graduation via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case, ensuring waterproofness.

Named after the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the Rolex Daytona is a racing chronograph designed for the gentlemen drivers of the day, and has since become one of the most popular and sought after watches in history. Understated and elegant, its design is unmistakeable and continues to carry huge demand.