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    An old friend

    A couple of days ago I dug this out of the safe. My first Rolex- an Airking I bought nearly new in 1997 and wore as my main/daily for many years, in alternation with an old Datejust and a 1500 Date.

    Those were the happy days before the disease took hold, when 3 watches felt like more than Iíd ever need. This one hasnít seen much use in recent years and is long overdue a service.

    For many years I babied it -very soon after buying it I added the DJ which was in tired cosmetic condition to use as a ďbeaterĒ. The DJ has been spruced up much more recently courtesy of Brendan and now looks very smart.

    A few years in I made the mistake of lending the AK to my then-girlfriend who, over several months, must have contacted every single hard object she walked past while wearing it. I retrieved it before she totally destroyed it but it now badly needs some TLC. And that service.

    Even so, I still think this has to be one of the best under-the-cuff and under-the-radar watches I have, out of the hundred-plus I now own. To my mind these Airkings epitomise tasteful and understated rugged elegance. And I donít care that itís 34mm!

    So gents, my old friend- my 1997 Airking. Snapped just now in a shaded corner of Dartmouth Houseís courtyard, and as comfortable here in Mayfair as it has been travelling around countless places far less salubrious.


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    Still looks great!


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    I absolutely love that. Itís similar to my Buckley dialled Datejust 1601 which is tucked away. I really should fetch it out and wear it now youíve reminded me how lovely these dials are.
    I hope you enjoy your Air King for another 20 years

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    Looks ageless, superb. I like the AKís having just bought a new one a few days ago, havenít taken stickers of yet.

    Nice clear easy to read, I hope to pick up some vintage examples maybe later this year especially a 5700.


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    I don't remember seeing one of those - absolutely terrific.

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    Too small for me but my wife has the same one, as you said it's totally under the radar but IMO a thing of beauty.

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    Great looking watch Adrian.

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    Thank you gents.

    Funnily enough the chap who came for my last meeting of the day was wearing a modern 116900 Airking. The WIS in me demanded a digression from our terribly interesting discussion about some client tax stuff to compare the two side by side- Iíd have loved to have taken a pic of them but heíd have thought I was odd (which I am!) so I didnít. Interesting to see how much bigger and heavier the new model is- I already have a 214270 Explorer but now want to add a 116900 to the fleet!

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    I would certainly recommend a 116900 and yes they are surprisingly heavy but not outrageously and they site very comfortably





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    Great watch, beautiful dial. Best of all, no date!

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