The Air-King is a dress watch that for those who have a budget of under 5k.
The Rolex Date comes in at the same size as the Air-King, but as its name suggests, offers the additional functionality of a date indicator. Depending on age and condition, stainless steel Rolex Date watches range from $3,000 to just under $4,000. Two-tone steel and yellow gold Rolex Date editions start around $3,500 to about $5,000. More casual Rolex Date watches include smooth bezels, Oyster bracelets, and stick hour markers. For a dressier style, there are also fluted bezels, Jubilee bracelets, and Roman numerals available.
An alternative to the Air-King is the Rolex Date.
The Oyster Perpetual is a Rolex watch stripped down to the basics—it’s the building block of other models. In terms of value, the current stainless steel Oyster Perpetual models are a solid choice. There’s the Oyster Perpetual 36 ref. 116000 ($3,000 to $4,000) and the larger Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300 ($4,800 – $5,000). These are everyday Rolex dress watches that have everything you need and nothing you don’t.