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Rolex | Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
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Rolex | Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
Rs. 223,083
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Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 471,981
Seller
Quiedora Watch
 
IT
Rolex - Explorer -114270 - Men - 2000-2010
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Rolex - Explorer -114270 - Men - 2000-2010
Rs. 377,585
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex S/Steel Unworn Black Dial Explorer I NOS Gents B&P...
Rolex S/Steel Unworn Black Dial Explorer I NOS Gents B&P...
Rs. 620,171
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rs. 734,186
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex Explorer I Ref- 1016 Stainless Steel Box Punched Booklet...
Rolex Explorer I Ref- 1016 Stainless Steel Box Punched Booklet...
Rs. 857,432
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/...
Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/...
Rs. 427,155
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
85
US
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W3404
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W3404
Rs. 463,566
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer Vintage Gilt Dial Ref. 1016
Rolex Explorer Vintage Gilt Dial Ref. 1016
Rs. 1,164,220
Free shipping
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Orologeria Duomo Milano
32
IT
Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
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Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
Rs. 223,083
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Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Explorer  Watch  14270
Rolex Explorer Watch 14270
Rs. 302,855
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex - Explorer 14270 - Men - 1990-1999
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Rolex - Explorer 14270 - Men - 1990-1999
Rs. 334,320
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Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer I 214270 Steel, 39mm
Rolex Explorer I 214270 Steel, 39mm
Rs. 352,995
Seller
Taleda
225
CH
Rolex Explorer 214270
Rolex Explorer 214270
Rs. 389,384
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
111
IT
Rolex VINTAGE REF. 6610 EXPLORER GILT DIAL LOLLIPOP
Rolex VINTAGE REF. 6610 EXPLORER GILT DIAL LOLLIPOP
Rs. 1,320,760
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
86
DE
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
Rs. 414,001
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
85
US
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
Rs. 427,873
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer I 39 NEW Ref. 214270
Rolex Explorer I 39 NEW Ref. 214270
Rs. 447,989
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
49
NL
Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
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Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
Rs. 223,083
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Explorer I SEL scat/gar art. Re775
Rolex Explorer I SEL scat/gar art. Re775
Rs. 306,788
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
208
IT
Rolex Explorer Stainless Steel Black Automatic 214270
Rolex Explorer Stainless Steel Black Automatic 214270
Rs. 394,101
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3633)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3633)
Rs. 338,253
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
71
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 214270 Stainless Steel Black Dial Full Set
Rolex EXPLORER 1 214270 Stainless Steel Black Dial Full Set
Rs. 328,833
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 318,587
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
203
BE
Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
Rs. 361,388
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
85
US
Rolex Explorer I Stahl Automatik 36mm Ref.114270 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer I Stahl Automatik 36mm Ref.114270 Vintage...
Rs. 432,492
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex Explorer Ref. 5501
Rolex Explorer Ref. 5501
Rs. 747,303
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
49
NL
Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
Auction
Rolex | A Stainless Steel Automatic Centre Seconds Wristwatch...
Rs. 223,083
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
Rs. 314,654
Free shipping
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
264
NL
Rolex Explorer I 14270 Steel, 36mm
Rolex Explorer I 14270 Steel, 36mm
Rs. 332,630
Seller
Taleda
225
CH
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3627)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3627)
Rs. 361,852
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
71
IT
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 1038 "Zephyr" Original Gold Dial
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 1038 "Zephyr" Original Gold Dial
Rs. 312,392
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer - LC 100 - New Service - Box & Papers
Rolex Explorer - LC 100 - New Service - Box & Papers
Rs. 342,186
Seller
Westside Watches
21
DE
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rs. 314,654
Seller
GioiellerieDelCentro.com
12
IT
Rolex Explorer I New
Rolex Explorer I New
Rs. 471,981
Seller
Watcheclock
35
IT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 291,055
Seller
GB Orologi
20
IT
Rolex Explorer 1 Blackout
Rolex Explorer 1 Blackout
Rs. 621,442
Seller
Spritz srl
10
IT
Rolex Explorer  Watch  114270 SEL
Rolex Explorer Watch 114270 SEL
Rs. 310,721
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer I 39 MM NEW
Rolex Explorer I 39 MM NEW
Rs. 432,649
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
406
NL
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3605)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3605)
Rs. 338,253
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
71
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial with Box and Paper
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial with Box and Paper
Rs. 276,220
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 424,783
Seller
CRIVATI GIOIELLI SRL
24
IT
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rs. 330,387
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
60
IT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 282,402
Free shipping
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
203
BE
Rolex Explorer I Stahl 114270
Rolex Explorer I Stahl 114270
Rs. 392,531
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
110
DE
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
Rs. 394,534
Seller
Avi & Co NY
22
US
Rolex Explorer  Watch  14270
Rolex Explorer Watch 14270
Rs. 302,855
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer 1016
Rolex Explorer 1016
Rs. 617,509
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
111
IT
Rolex Explorer 1  114270 Ser. Y 2003 36mm JUST SERVICED 3411
Rolex Explorer 1 114270 Ser. Y 2003 36mm JUST SERVICED 3411
Rs. 322,442
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2092
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial Mint Condition
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial Mint Condition
Rs. 253,202
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3790)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3790)
Rs. 369,718
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
71
IT
Rolex Oyster 6282 "Explorer dial" "Shock Resisting...
Rolex Oyster 6282 "Explorer dial" "Shock Resisting...
Rs. 255,656
Seller
Le Collection´heure
48
BE
Rolex Pre-Explorer 6150 steel
Rolex Pre-Explorer 6150 steel
Rs. 1,695,430
Free shipping
Seller
A Collected Man
5
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 346,119
Free shipping
Seller
il duca orologi srl
12
IT
Rolex Explorer Steve
Rolex Explorer Steve
Rs. 1,031,160
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex Explorer  Watch  114270
Rolex Explorer Watch 114270
Rs. 310,721
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Black Dial Blackout Explorer I B&P 14270
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Black Dial Blackout Explorer I B&P 14270
Rs. 602,324
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Explorer I Hercules Custom DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
Rolex Explorer I Hercules Custom DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
Rs. 713,866
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 6565 18K ROSE GOLD Original Explorer Dial
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 6565 18K ROSE GOLD Original Explorer Dial
Rs. 822,083
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer I scat/gar art. Re345
Rolex Explorer I scat/gar art. Re345
Rs. 291,055
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
208
IT

Reach the Summit with the Rolex Explorer

The Explorer is Rolex's easy-to-read minimalist watch. It features a stainless steel case, black dial, and three hands - you don't need anything more for a simple, robust outdoor watch.

Highlights

  • Plain aesthetics
  • Medium-sized: 39 mm diameter
  • In-house caliber
  • Chromalight luminescent material
  • Waterproof to 100 m (10 bar)

A Reliable Companion on Mount Everest

The Explorer got its name after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer Mount Everest. The watch has belonged to the Rolex portfolio since 1953 and was born out of the Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, which had been used by climbers for scaling high peaks since the 1930s.
The members of the first Himalayan expeditions appreciated the robustness and precision of Rolex timepieces. Both the climbers and their watches had to brave icy winds and extreme temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F). Hillary and Norgay were members of the 1953 British expedition to Mount Everest led by Colonel John Hunt. Rolex equipped the team with their watches, and Norgay supposedly wore a precursor to the Rolex Explorer when he reached the highest point on Earth. The "Explorer" inscription on the dial only appears on versions which were produced a few months after the expedition. The models from this period have reference number 6350 and are worth five-figures.

Buying Advice for the Rolex Explorer

If you're looking for a subtle Rolex that's not necessarily recognizable as such at first glance, then the Explorer is for you. Models with reference numbers 6610, 1016, 14270, and 114270 are suitable for thinner wrists, as their diameter is only 36 mm.
The newer version 214270 is medium-sized at 39 mm in diameter. Therefore, the Explorer is somewhat of an understated Rolex. It's a sporty watch that has proven its dependability during expeditions in harsh conditions. It's not just a sports watch though, as you can't deny it has a certain elegance; it would go just as well with a nice suit.
The older 36-mm Explorers cost around 3,000 - 4,000 euros, depending on their condition. Collector's versions from the 1960s are much more expensive and cost more than a new Explorer, which runs around 6,000 euros.
There aren't many alternatives to the Explorer from other brands if you're using strict criteria. The closest is the 40-mm Grand Seiko. It has a similar simple design, is easy to read, waterproof to 100 m (10 bar), and has a comparable price.

Buying Tips

  • Vintage watches starting around 3,000 euros
  • New watches starting around 5,000 euros
  • Collector's pieces worth over 10,000 euros
  • Pre-2010: 36-mm diameter case (reference number 1016)
  • Since 2010: 39-mm diameter case

Twinlock Crown and Easy-to-Read Seconds

The Explorer's design benefited from the watch's first-hand experiences in the mountains. It was equipped with a fully stainless steel bracelet and the characteristic Rolex Twinlock crown. Some versions of the 6350 models already had the distinctive hour hand with a large circle towards the tip. Rolex still uses this design in countless models. The luminescent circle is divided into three parts to ensure readability when the minute hand overlaps the hour hand, and to provide a secure frame for the lume. Rolex hasn't confirmed the meaning behind the design, but the hands are referred to as Mercedes hands, as they resemble the car company's three-point star logo.

Optimal Legibility

One characteristic mark of the early Explorer that remains the same to this day is the large Arabic numerals at three, six, and nine. The rest of the hour markers are line indices, except for the down-facing triangle at 12 o'clock.
The bright white of the indices and numerals makes for a stark contrast against the black dial. It's easy to tell the time right away with one look at the dial. The hands, numerals, and indices contain the luminous material Chromalight, making it possible to read the watch easily even in the dark. Rolex is unique in their use of Chromalight, which glows blue, as most manufacturers use Superluminova, which glows green. Rolex used tritium until the late 1990s, and Superluminova from 2000 to 2008, when they replaced it with Chromalight.

The Authentic James Bond Watch

The Explorer has only undergone a few changes over the years. A notable change occurred in 2010, when the case size was increased from 36 to 39 mm. The case is made of 904L stainless steel, a type which has proven itself as especially scratch and corrosion resistant. Water can't do much damage to the watch either, thanks to its screw-down case back and Twinlock crown with a double waterproofness system. The Twinlock crown can be found on all Oyster collection models. Thanks to it, you can take the watch swimming and snorkeling, as it's waterproof to 100 m (10 bar).
In 1989, Rolex modified the dial, shape of the case, and indices. These watches, with reference number 14270, still have the smaller case size of 36 mm. The indices are made of 18-karat white gold to prevent tarnishing. Before this change, the Swiss manufacturer had produced the Explorer with reference number 1016 for a quarter century. If you're searching for a vintage Explorer, a 1016 model is a good choice, as there's a large selection available at moderate prices.
Furthermore, this Explorer is the most authentic James Bond watch of all: Bond author Ian Fleming owned an Explorer with reference number 1016. And while his hero has worn various brands in films, from Rolex to Seiko to Omega, he's always worn an Explorer in the novels. In the 1963 novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Fleming describes how Bond reads the large, luminescent dial numbers on a black watch from the Oyster Perpetual family. The description fits Fleming's Explorer perfectly.
The predecessor to the 1016, the Explorer with reference number 6610 from the late 1950s, is even rarer. Therefore, it usually sells in the five-figure range.

Other Details

  • Precise: runs -2/+2 seconds a day
  • Certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC)
  • Twinlock crown protects against water and dust
  • Non-magnetic Parachrom hairspring (newer models)

Special, Non-Magnetic Hairspring

The new Rolex Explorers produced after 2010 bear reference number 214270. They're easy to spot due to their larger cases, which house the in-house caliber 3132. According to Rolex, the movement deviates from the reference time by a maximum of two seconds a day. It easily fulfilled the requirements set forth by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and received the official COSC certificate. The movement's balance spring is made of Parachrom, a special alloy, which is unaffected by magnetic fields. The Milgauss from Rolex offers even more protection against magnetic fields, as its movement is protected by a shield made of ferromagnetic alloys. The designs of the Milgauss and the Explorer resemble each other, but the Milgauss is also available with a white or blue dial. Additionally, the Milgauss is slightly larger with a case diameter of 40 mm.
The Paraflex shock protection system, developed by Rolex, protects the 3132 caliber against shocks. The automatic movement ticks away at 28,800 alternations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve.

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