Rolex Explorer Review


Today we’re looking at the Rolex Explorer, arguably the most famous of all the Rolex models. It has a rich history and an elegant style, but what else do you need to know? Read this Rolex Explorer review to learn more.

As defined by Rolex:


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  1. A timepiece born in 1953 from the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
  2. Hewn from a block of 904L stainless steel to withstand extreme conditions.
  3. The characteristic 3-6-9 hour markers ensure easy reading of the time.
  4. Its Chromalight hands and hour markers glow in the dark up to twice as long as standard luminescent materials.
  5. Its self-winding Rolex movement delivers ultimate precision and reliability.
  6. The embodiment of man’s irrepressible need for achievement.
  7. The Rolex Way.

The Explorer is influenced by Rolex’s decades of experience in the Himalayas, and pays homage to the first successful climb of Mount Everest in 1953 by an expedition armed with Rolex Oyster Perpetual chronometers. It was first launched that same year as the ultimate expedition and mountaineering watch.

As it has changed and grown, the Explorer has continued its tradition of its heritage and unique identity while incorporating Rolex’s newest technology and proficiency. The new version launched in 2010 mirrors the strong and elegant design of the original.

It is a more striking piece in a moderately larger case. The hour markers and hands stand out against the lustrous black dial.

The Explorer exemplifies the exclusive relationship that has long been synonymous of Rolex and exploration. Influenced by knowledge gleaned from a monumental chapter in effort and exploration, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer, introduced in the trail of the successful climb, immediately received iconic status.

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Key Features of the Rolex Explorer:


  • Sapphire dial window. Sapphire is the most expensive and durable crystal, approximately three times harder than mineral crystals and 20 times harder than acrylic crystals.
  • Stainless steel case
  • Self winding automatic movement
  • Fixed dome stainless steel bezel
  • Monobloc middle case
  • Screw down case back
  • Winding crown


Other features that come in handy:


  • Black dial
  • Weighs 2.1 pounds
  • Officially certified Swiss chronometer
  • High performance Paraflex shock absorbsers
  • Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
  • Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet


About the Brand

According to Rolex:

‘Look in all the dictionaries, there is no word for what we do. It’s not ‘tradition’, though our craft is timeless. ‘Limitless’ is too limiting. ‘Enduring’ is not enduring enough. ‘Innovation’ can only begin to describe it. We sculpt, paint and explore. But explorers, sculptors and painters we are not. This is the only thing we make. The only thing we will ever make. There is no word for what we do. There’s only a way. The Rolex Way.’

The history of Rolex and Swiss watchmaking are totally intertwined. A trailblazer in the development of the wristwatches, the brand is at the birth of numerous major watchmaking breakthroughs, and has registered over 400 patents in the journey of its lifetime. Rolex designs, develops and produces internally all the essential parts of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet.

Rolex watches have proven themselves from the beginning in the most extreme conditions imaginable – from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, in the air and on the race track. They make sure all Rolex watches can live up to their high expectations by putting each and every single one through extreme testing before allowing it to leave their site.

The Oyster case is a pivotal part of the history of Rolex. It clamps shut like an oyster shell and can survive under water due to two major changes: a screw down back and bezel and a screw down waterproof winding crown. Invented by Rolex in 1926, the Oyster case was put to a real life test a year later when a young sportswoman named Mercedes Gleitze swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster.

Her watch was fully functional after she spent ten plus hours in cold water, solidifying Rolex’s historic underwater mastery.


This is definitely a “Lifetime” watch, and well worth the investment. The original version of this model was worn by Sir Edmound Hillary when he climbed Mt. Everest. This was Ian Fleming’s watch, the watch James Bond wore in his books.

The only reason Sean Connery was wearing a Submariner was the prop man forgot to get the proper watch and one of the directors loaned him his Submariner to wear while filming instead.

The stainless steel watch band gives the watch some weight.  The double locking mechanism along with the half-link adjustment within the buckle are especially nice. Another nice detail is the Rolex logo imprinted all along the edge of the inside of the front of the watch case. Definitely a manly man’s watch.

No bling, just class.

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