The Rolex Airking was introduced in the 1945 with the ref. 4925. Rolex produced a number of “Air” models during and after World War II, including the “Air-Giant”, “Air-Lion”, and “Air-Tiger. These were named to honor the British Royal Air Force, which were enamored with Rolex watches. At the time, the 34 mm case was considered quite large, thus the “Air-King” name. The truly iconic Air-King reference, 5500, appeared in 1957. It featured all the elements we now know: A clean bezel, simple dial and markers, pencil hands, and no complications.
The history of Rolex goes back to 1905 where Hans Wilsdorf & Alfred Davis started to produce watches. In 1908 the registered the name Rolex, this is where the it all started. The quality of the watches quickly became known. In 1926 the started with the first waterproof watch ever made. Step by step, Rolex introduced new models that meet the highest specifications.