The Airmaster series should be no stranger to old watchmakers, a simple summary is that it was once Rolex’s entry series, in 2014 it was merged into the replica Oyster Perpetual watches series, thought its history had been ended, did not expect to be reborn in Basel 2016, although it is not quite the same as the previous Airmaster, but it does belong to the Airmaster, that once in the history of aviation to stay famous, the price of the pro-people.
In the 2016 Basel watch show, Rolex most interesting to me is not the ceramic ring Dittona, nor the new Cellini, but the rebirth of the Airmaster type, that gold crown and green ROLEX two-tone logo design, belongs to the first time in the history of Rolex, but also attracted a lot of people’s attention at once. The design of the Mercedes-Benz needles with 3, 6, 9 hour markers design, at first glance thought it was Rolex’s new explorer-type watches, there are too many elements in this watch is worth digging deeper, in accordance with Rolex’s usual style, the disclosure of the news is only the tip of the iceberg, this Airmaster is worth digging deeper, because it meets my aesthetic.
The Airmaster collection was born in 1945, after the end of World War II, when Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf gave a series of aviation-themed watches to RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain. The Airmaster series is among them, and is the only one that still survives today. The Airmaster series has been around for 71 years, and the new Airmaster continues the aviation roots of the original.
This is the cockpit instrumentation of the world’s fastest sports car, the Bloodhound Supersonic, for which Rolex is the official timekeeper of the Bloodhound Supersonic Racing Program, and for which Rolex created the two above-mentioned instruments in 2014, which I believe is the blueprint for the new Airmaster dial.
The Mercedes needle is not unique to the new Airmaster, in the Explorer, Submariner and other series have been used, but it is the first time the Airmaster has adopted the design of the Mercedes needle, platinum Mercedes needle design for the Airmaster is not yet good or bad, like the Mercedes needle friends naturally feel good, and vice versa, this is also an attempt after the rebirth of the Airmaster series.
The two-color LOGO design of the watch in the history of Rolex is unique, this is the first time Rolex in the use of the watch gold crown logo and green ROLEX font, from which we can also see the Rolex brand for the watch expectations, will it become the next green ghost?
This is the first anti-magnetic watch in the Airmaster series, and although its anti-magnetic properties are only mentioned in the official press release, it will not be neglected by the fans, so will not steal the limelight from MILGAUSS?
Personally, I feel that the New Airmaster is a bit like the Explorer and the Milgauss combined, giving up some elements and adding others. The new Airmaster for the new probe one for the diameter of one millimeter, but 3, 6, 9 hour markers and no luminous display, the new probe one has an absolute advantage in this regard, the new Airmaster compared to the new probe one’s advantage is an anti-magnetic function, as for the disk design of the new Airmaster side of the complex, the new probe one side of the simple, each has its own merits, the price of the new probe one than the new Airmaster expensive a toss.
I’ll be frank with you: the biggest advantage of MILGUASS is the design of the lightning needles, but the price is much higher.
The only thing I regret is that the hour markers do not have a luminescent display, but if they did, it would be a perfect watch.