Rolex Air-King-Date 5700

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One of the many things we love about Rolex is that even in the more affordable price ranges there are plenty of rare gems to be discovered.The Air-King has become a cult classic since it was introduced after World War II to honor the United Kingdom’s wartime fighter pilots. The 34 mm Air-King is best known as a time-only watch. However, in 1958 Rolex introduced an Air-King with a date function: the ref. 5700. The 5700 was produced in much smaller numbers than its no-date sibling, making for a collectible yet affordable watch.This 5700 is one of the earliest ever made, dating back to 1960. As a result it features loads of lovely mid-century details. The matte silver dial has taken on a warm creamy sheen that meshes well with the custard color lume plots. On the top half of the dial, we find the “Air-King-Date” signature in the characteristic cursive Air-King font. The dial features charming lozenge-shaped applied hour markers, with alternating applied arrowhead markers at the 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The elegant design cues of the markers are continued on the wonderful alpha-shaped hands.The 34 mm stainless steel case and steel domed bezel are in good shape and come on a period-correct stainless steel riveted Oyster bracelet.


Rolex Air-KingRolex and the military have enjoyed a close relationship for a long time. During World War II, Rolex even provided its watches free of charge to British soldiers that were held as prisoners of war by the Germans. After the war had ended, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf named a series of Oyster watches in honor of Royal Air Force pilots. The Air-Lion, Air-Giant, and Air-Tiger might not sound familiar as they were discontinued shortly after their introduction. But, one model has been going strong for over 70 years: the Air-King.The Air-King has been refined throughout the years and has received new references. However, all executions have something in common: a simple and classic design, executed in steel, with a reliable no-nonsense movement. The Rolex Air-King is loved by many watch enthusiasts and is truly one of the best deals in town.


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