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History of the Men’s Rolex Explorer

By Paul Altieri
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Rolex ExplorerThe Rolex Explore is undoubtedly one of the most ruggedly elegant watches developed by the legendary company. It has long been the choice in watches for world explorers and adventures since 1953. The watch can be worn while climbing Mount Everest, navigating a yacht through the Caribbean, diving the sea depths, or engaging in business transactions.

New and used Rolex Explorers were developed to withstand temperatures between -20C and +40C without harming its integrity. Rumor has it that the Explorer was designed for the likes of Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Everest in 1953. Rolex officials have debunked this theory, stating the watch was in development at a much earlier time.

Rolex didn’t think new and pre-owned Explorers would become as popular as they have been over the years. Thus, the company only launched the Explorer with two theme variations including the “Air King Explorer” and the “Dress Explorer.” They variations came with white and black faces and were sold primarily in North America.

Ten years following the watch’s conception, a new version of the Explorer was shared with the world. It boasted of 1560 caliber movement. New and used Rolex fans were so thrilled with the product release that it wasn’t updated until 1989. The main difference between this model and the first was a dramatic change in movement and an elegant oyster bracelet.

Rolex ExplorerExplorer I enthusiasts were quite upset when in 1989 it was announced the Explorer wasn’t being manufactured any longer. What Rolex wasn’t telling the public is that a new and exciting Rolex Explorer II was in the works. Model 14270 was brought into existence and sported a brand new case, flawless dial, newly conceived watch movement and upgraded sapphire crystal glass. The Explorer’s beat was upped to 3000 caliber and was smoothed out considerably.

Today, the Explorer is as beautiful as ever. If you have an affinity for a Rolex Explorer, you are sure to find a great deal at a leading online pre-owned Rolex Exchange. It has been reported that by simply placing an Explorer on your wrist, your adventurous side is sure to emerge!


Paul is the company's Founder and CEO. He is responsible for all the day to day activities from purchasing, receiving, marketing and sales. Paul is a graduate of Boston College 1979 and resides in California with his family.

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