Whether it’s Christmas morning or a birthday, it’s not too often that you get to surprise your husband or boyfriend with some flashy jewelry. While men’s interest in jewelry is rising, there aren’t a ton of options out there for men like there is for women.
Thankfully, watches are (and have long been) a staple of men’s jewelry fashion. They are practical, useful, subtle, and can be versatile enough to give your man a little bling and put a genuine smile on his face.
One of the most common brands to choose from is Rolex. If you’re stuck between the Oyster Perpetual and Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King, we’ll lay out the differences to help you decide.
All About Rolex
Before we get into the specifics, let’s briefly talk about the Rolex brand first.
It’s no secret that Rolex makes expensive watches. If you’re looking for inexpensive gift ideas, this isn’t it.
But why is Rolex so important and why should anyone care?
Rolex is a luxury watch manufacturer that started in the early 20th Century. While you may see watches that look similar, the fact remains that Rolex probably designed it first.
That kind of design and forethought costs a lot of money. Not to mention, Rolex watches aren’t mass produced. Each one is hand made with some of the highest quality materials.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King vs. Oyster Perpetual
This company has many wrist watches in its repertoire, but one of the most common and popular is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. On the flipside, the so-called Rolex Air-King is actually a specific version of the Oyster Perpetual.
Let’s look at some of their differences.
The Oyster Perpetual is a classic and timeless piece of equipment that measures 39mm in diameter. It features line indices instead of numerals to indicate the time.
The hands are all simple, straight lines, there is no date or day window, and the face of the watch is very simple and clean.
The Air-King features a slightly larger 40mm diameter case and is 2mm thicker. These measurements are rather small, but they can make a difference on the wrist, making it look larger on some people.
Instead of indices, it features large Arabic numerals to indicate the time. It also has a Mercedes minute hand, a colored second hand, and the Rolex logo and name come in different colors.
These subtle changes make the Rolex Air-King busier and more flashy than the simpler and slightly more refined Oyster Perpetual.
The Right Choice for Your Luxury Watch Gift
So, if you’re still stuck deciding between Rolex Oyster Perpetual or Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King for a gift, it can be tough. Both could be great options and you can’t go wrong with either one.
That being said, if your significant other is a little more modern and/or flashy you might want to consider the Air-King. If he’s more subtle and prefers classic clothing and accessories, the Oyster Perpetual will probably fit his style better.
If you’re involved with a rather sentimental man, we have some heart-warming gift ideas here that might help you out, too!