The Rolex Explorer was launched in 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary and his team conquered Mount Everest while wearing Rolex wristwatches. That was the moment when the Explorer was born as the quintessential adventurer’s instrument. As a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary and his team, the watch was popularized for its ability to withstand to rugged terrains and harsh conditions.
The watch’s functionality and durability are a result of the experience gained during the numerous Himalayan expeditions where the Explorer was the main horological character. The complex engineering and technical developments are what define the timepiece as part of Rolex’s professional line. It is one of their sophisticated tools for earth or mountain explorations due to its high endurance during major temperature, altitude or pressure changes.
This is also the reason why the Rolex Explorer isn’t that popular among regular watch owners. It is a state of the art instrument designed for professionals. Even though the watch has a high legibility, superior functionality and is easy to use, it is not a simplistic or commercial design. It is a sleek timepiece with a strong identity. Until 2010 the watch was manufactured with a 36 mm face, but due to the public’s preference for larger models Rolex decided to enhance it with a 39 mm case diameter. The minimalistic case also comes with a screwed down case back and a twin-lock crown that guarantee water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.
The watch has a scratch proof sapphire crystal that offers an improved legibility of the dial. Around the crystal there is a smooth flat bezel that is characterized by simplicity and fluidity. The black matte color of the dial offers a beautiful elegance to the entire design and a nice contrast with the white hour markers. The cardinal hour markers are uniquely represented by a large white luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock and large rhodium plated white gold hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The stainless steel hands are covered with the same lume. This glow in the dark material is Chromalight which emits a bright blue light.
At the inside of this sports timepiece there is a 3132 Calibre self-winding mechanical movement that was developed and manufactured exclusively by Rolex. This mechanism includes Paraflex shock absorbers which increase the shock resistance by 50% and a Parachrom blue hairspring that isn’t affected by magnetic fields or temperature changes.
The 904L anti-corrosive stainless steel bracelet comes with a fliplock clasp that ensures that the band stays securely closed on the wrist. The particularities of this Oyster bracelet are the high durability and comfort.
The Rolex Explorer with a 39 mm case is a true classic. This professional instrument is designed to accompany explorers and adventurers all across the globe, from rugged terrains to the highest mountain peaks. No matter the weather, altitude or pressure conditions, this timepiece impresses with remarkable performances and accuracy.