Specifically designed for British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in the 1930s, the Air-King’s simplicity and large watch faces (32 to 34mm in diameter) were not ordinary in watch design for the time—but Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf felt large dials were essential for night flying.
Given names like the Air Tiger, Air Lion and Air Giant, only the Air-King model remains today, however, many seek out the older models based on their airmen history.
The stamped case back date is usually close to the case date.
It should never be newer than the date of the serial number, but on occassions it could be up to a year or two older as Rolex would have casebacks produced in batches and use them up as needed.
Unfortunately many of the online Rolex serial number databases are very inaccurate, out of date and have been copied inaccurately many times.It has directed the spotlight on issues such as value proposition, the economic state of both the industry and the luxury consumer, and has made us want to discover the "hidden driving forces behind it all." To answer as many mysteries as we can – and perhaps to ultimately raise new, previously unasked questions – we decided to scrutinize the pricing practices of one of the absolute benchmark brands of the luxury watch industry: Rolex.To begin with, we used official retail prices dating back as far as 1957, based on data compiled by Minus4Plus6In this special feature article, we go on a quest to better understand what is behind the unremitting rise of luxury watch prices, and to do so, we will explore how and why Rolex prices have increased over the last 60 years.You see, while the steep increase of high-end watch prices has become evident to every discerning watch buyer on this planet, it remains difficult to point out exactly why and how things have changed so radically... This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most pressing issues in the world of watches today, something that has raised countless questions and fueled numerous debates among watch enthusiasts, collectors, and experts alike.