John McCain Rolex Air King Watch (Decade throwback repost, originally posted 12 August 2010). What watch is once-reasonable/likeable-Senator-turned-cranky-old-politician John McCain wearing in the picture? That’s a Rolex Air King Watch, baby.
Check out a close-up of this Rolex model after the jump.
Why is the Rolex Air King called the “Air King”? Here’s a brief history of this particular model courtesy of yannis7777 of the RolexForum.
Yaniss7777 says: “This is the entry level Rolex model addressed to people who are inclined to spend a “fortune” on a watch. This watch has an unprecedented historical value in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual range since it was used by British aviators in WWII. Apparently the Air-King was the watch of choice for battle of Britain fighter pilots and Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex was so moved by the brave British pilots that decided to honour them with a new line of manual wind Oysters.”
He/she adds: “While the Oyster Royal line existed already before the war Rolex began producing larger watches coding them with names like ‘Air Tiger’, ‘Air Lion’, ‘Air Giant’, and ‘Air King’.”
Jim Courier Rolex Watch: Rolex Air King + Other Models (22 August 2010) Rolex watch print advertisements from the 1990s featuring American tennis star Jim Courier, winner of four Grand Slam Titles (two each in the French and Australian Opens) and finalist at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
So what Rolex model does our Jim wear? We’re guessing Rolex Datejust, Rolex Air King, and a Day-Date Oyster Perpetual. Where are we basing our guess? Nah, it’s a silly guess based on what’s advertised in the ad below. Hehe.
For celebrities who wear other Rolex watch models, check out the following posts: Celebrities Who Wear Rolex GMT Master II and these Rolex Daytona Celebrity Fans.
John McCain Rolex Air King Watch and Jim Courier Rolex Spokesmodel. Posted in Celebrities Wearing Rolex on 12 August 2010. Last updated: July 6, 2020 at 3:06 am.