Baselworld 2016: Rolex Air-King – let me discuss some probably unknown facts about the watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

Rolex offers the new Air-King for an attractive price. The watch is sold for 5700 Euro. 1350 Euro less than a Milgauss (Reference 116400). From a technical point of view it is the same watch. Curious? Click on “read more” to get the story.


I already published a story about the new Rolex Air-King. Just in case you missed it, please click on the link below to read it.


Baselworld 2016: Rolex Air-King


Today I want give you some interesting technical background information about the new Rolex Air-King and the existing Rolex Milgauss.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King


I compare the regular Milgauss (116400) and not the one with green sapphire crystal (116400 GV).


Rolex Oyster Perpetual MILGAUSS
Rolex Oyster Perpetual MILGAUSS (Ref. 116400)


The Rolex Milgauss (116400) is sold for 7050 Euro including 20 % VAT. The one with the green sapphire crystal the reference 116400 GV for 7500 Euro including 20 % VAT.

The new Rolex Air-King will be sold for only 5700 Euro including 20 % VAT.

From a technical point of view it is a Milgauss, only the dial makes the difference.

Now you may like the new Air-King or not (check the 33 so far posted comments in the article mentioned above), but 1350 Euro less for a Milgauss are a sustainable argument.


Let us together compare the two watches – the new Air-King and Milgauss


Rolex Air-King


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King




Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown) Internal magnetic shield to protect the movement


40 mm


904L steel, satin nish



Case back

Screw-down with Rolex fluting

Winding crown

Screw down Twinlock double waterproofness system


Scratch-resistant sapphire


100 metres (330 feet)




3131, Manufacture Rolex, mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor


−2/+2 sec/day, after casing


Centre hour, minute and seconds hands Stop-seconds for precise time setting


Frequency: 28,800 A/h (= 4 Hz)

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring Rolex overcoil

Large balance wheel with variable inertia

High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts Traversing balance bridge


Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel


31 rubies

Power reserve

Approximately 48 hours




Black, satin nish

Hour markers

3, 6, 9 in 18 carat white gold, highly legible Chromalight triangle (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 carat white gold at 12 o’clock; white transferred minute numerals


18 carat white gold, Chromalight, green seconds hand




Oyster, three-piece solid links


904L steel, satin nish, polished edges


Folding Oysterclasp, Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King




>>> Continue reading my story on page 2 where I present you the technical features of the Rolex Milgauss and where I give you my concluding summary >>>




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  • Would be much better with 3 6 9 from new Explorer, that combines with “12” marker, like this it has a misture of 3 diferent kinds of markers, just too much… Algo don’t like polished ones, so a 40mm satin is great. with 3 6 9 markers from new Explorer sure I would buy one, anyway I will take a look when available.

  • A good read and the Air-King is indeed an interesting proposition. Your price-quality statement is thought-provoking and an evergreen when talking watches but especially considering Tudor’s new in-house movement Black Bay’s with COSC certification. What is your take on price-quality of the Air-king vs. an MT5602 powered Black Bay that pricewise is roughly 50% of an Air-King?

  • A very handsome watch indeed! My guess is the Milgauss didn’t sell* all that well. So rather than pull the rug out from under all the Milgauss buyers by cutting price create a new version of an established model, Air King.
    I think this watch will sell like hotcakes!

    I agree with Daniel, the 3, 6 and 9 are distracting and disruptive.


    • The Milgauss is quite a particular watch and not the taste of everyone. I don’t think it does not sale, I just think its just a little special. The new Air-King will for sure attract new buyers and due to its look (you like it or dislike it) it has the best chances to become the next Rolex icon. I don’t think Rolex should change anything concerning the design. The feedback coming from Rolex several dealers (good friends) is very promising. They would also tell me the contrary …

      • I purchased the Millgauss became as an electrical engineer I wanted to connect with what someone in my profession would have owned back during the middle 1950s. At that time electrical engineers were changing the planet and working with high power and high magnitism. To me the piece is about the function and the history and I was prepared to pay for that.

  • Alexander, thank you for your interesting comparision. I suggest you compare in addition the new EX1 to the two as it is (with the exempion of additional shock resistance) technically similar to AK/MG. I would also love to read your judgement on this watch.

  • I am certain that at €5,700/- Rolex Air-King would be quite popular among ordinary people, as I think this would be the most affordable Rolex available.

  • I really prefer this new air King over the too thin Explorer and the over polished Milgauss

    What disturbs me is the polished lugs on the Milgauss case

    This air King is for me one of the coolest News from Rolex

    Really looking forward to try it

  • Miss Rolex looks stunning in her green dress, she knows how to get attention from men that have little knowledge about ladies and get their cash. Several times Miss Rolex has tried to get my attention, told her to go away and informed I am dating somebody else.

  • Technologically speaking this is a great watch. As a value proposition, it’s great. Nevertheless, one has to figure in appearance. I like the looks of my GMT black and blue much better. In my humble opinion a Speedmaster looks better yet. But let’s face it. At the end of the day when you’re handing over your money one usually goes for appearance, brand and iconic watch, and movement accuracy along with workmanship/workwomanship. And all this is a matter of opinion and it is what keeps the hobby of watch collecting fun to discuss.

  • I like the Air King. I wish it had “15”, “30”, and “45” rather than “3”, “6”, and “9”, but it’s still a great looker and good value. I’m hoping that Rolex quickly “fixes” the numbering on a white dial version in 2017.

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