Rolex’s Tribute to Explorers of the Sky

Rolex’s Tribute to Explorers of the Sky

Watchmaker unveils the next generation of the Oyster Perpetual Air-King and a series of new timepieces at the recently concluded Watch and Wonders 2022 in Geneva. Here are our picks.

Oyster Perpetual Air-King

The new-generation Oyster Perpetual Air-King watch features a completely redesigned case, crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant Oystersteel, with a crown guard and straight sides like the majority of Rolex’s Professional models. The centre link has been broadened and, in a first for the Air-King, the strap is equipped with an Oysterlock safety clasp.

Optimised Chromalight display guarantees maximum legibility in dark conditions, while the hands and triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock are coated with a new luminescent material that provides a longer-lasting intense glow. The numerals 3, 6 and 9 numerals are now also visible in the dark, thanks to this innovative material, which is exclusive to Rolex.

The new Air-King is powered by the inhouse calibre 3230, which incorporates the patented Chronergy escapement that combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Air-King carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, guaranteeing excellent performance on the wrist.

Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II


This novel version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II sees the timepiece’s crown and crown guard switched to the left side of the watch case. This required changing the precision testing process for some of the final controls carried out as part of the Superlative Chronometer certification. The date aperture and the Cyclops lens have also moved and appear at 9 o’clock.

Made from Oystersteel and fitted with an Oyster bracelet, the GMT-Master II features a two-colour monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert in green and black ceramic – a colour pairing never before seen on the model. This original timepiece highlights the GMT-Master II’s readiness for discovery and reinterpretation.

The new version of the GMT-Master II is equipped with calibre 3285, which powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as an additional time zone in 24-hour format.

Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31


Rolex introduced three new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 at Watches and Wonders 2022. The trio feature striking floral-motif dials, calling to mind wild summer meadows. The design comprises 24 flowers that stand out distinctly from one another thanks to their finishes – either sunray, matt or grained. Each flower is lit from within by a diamond set into the centre.

The new iterations include a version in white Rolesor (a combination of Oystersteel and white gold) fitted with a fluted bezel, an azzurro blue dial and Oyster bracelet. There is also an 18K yellow gold version with a dial in olive green and President bracelet, as well as one in Everose Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and Everose gold) with a silver dial and Jubilee bracelet. The bezels of the two latter watches are also set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds each.

The new Datejust 31 are powered by the inhouse calibre 2236, which features a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.


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