I like a Rolex to be clean and simple. That’s why I love the Rolex Explorer so much for example. Last year, Rolex introduced some beautiful Oyster Perpetual models in 36mm with amazing looking dials (White Grape, Red Grape and Steel grey). However, at 36mm they are considered small for today’s standards. Some men can get away with it, but I don’t belong to that group I am afraid. My 36mm Datejust gets hardly any wear because it looks so small on my wrists. A pity, as it is a beautiful timepiece. Of course, the Rolex Datejust II would be a perfect alternative.
Rolex Explorer history began when Tenzing Norgay stepped onto the summit of Mt. Everest alongside Edmund Hillary with a Rolex Explorer strapped to his wrist (although the watch did not yet bear this name). As one of the first watches to reach Everest’s peak, the Explorer quickly became synonymous with the extreme climb. In later expeditions, Rolex was always the official supporter, equipping climbers with their own Explorers, cementing the history of the Rolex Explorer as the watch of choice for mountain climbers and other adventurers.
In 1959, Rolex replaced the Explorer 6150 with the 6610, which had a more flattened back than the previous model. Then in 1963, this model was in turn replaced by the 1016. The 1016 was more water resistant than the 6610 and also had a new movement, the Cal. 1560. The 1016 stayed in production for 26 years, in which time it evolved quite a bit and eventually became the 14270, the Explorer II, in 1971. The history of Rolex Explorer II, like that of the Explorer, is laden with stories of adventure seekers using the Explorer II during their journeys.
The 14270 surprised Rolex lovers with its extreme variation from the previous model. The case and dial were very different, the crystal was sapphire, and the movement was Cal. 3000. Rolex fans missed the classic, sporty feel of the 1016, although they appreciated the more modern and elegant tones of the 14270. In 2001, Rolex replaced the 14270 with the 114270, which was Cal. 3130. The history of the Rolex Explorer and the Rolex Explorer II is full of adventurous stories and explorations.