The new Rolex Air-King ref 116900 now measures 40mm – the same case size as the brand’s most popular sport watches, namely the Submariner, GMT-Master, and the Daytona. The acrylic crystal was also replaced with synthetic sapphire, which is more robust.
Moreover, gone were the simple dial designs. They were replaced by just one dial design, which had a mix of various details.
There are the Arabic numerals put in place of the baton hands; the Explorer-style 3-6-9 numbers and inverted 12 o’clock marker, plus the brightly-colored Rolex logo and coronet. Rolex retained the Air-King font, but this time, placed it above 6 o’clock.