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Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
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Rolex Explorer Mark I, Steel 1016 Watch '1969' /w Original BOX
£10,904
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Time Line
257
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Rolex Explorer Steel 34mm Black United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer 5500
£5,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
348
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Camberley
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Rolex Explorer - R serial
£18,500
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Rolex Explorer "Blackout Dial"
£16,053
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CJ Charles Jewelers
9
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex 1016 Explorer with Stunning patina 1967
£10,995
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M&J Watches Ltd
43
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 34mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer Double Stamped T<25 Super Precision Stainless...
£29,999
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219
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Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer I, "Swiss" Only Dial, Ref: 14270 (With Papers)
£4,500
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Tempvs Ltd
140
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London, Paris, Brussels & Barcelona face to face delivery only - Other countries shipping with Brinks and DHL Express
Rolex Explorer 1 3.6.9 black dial dull set
£5,171
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
16
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer
£5,634
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Guardian Of Time
1037
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex Explorer I 39mm Black Dial - Box & Papers 2016
£5,515
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
193
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer I Unworn Steel 114270
£6,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
348
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, BANGOR ,  CO.DOWN , Northern Ireland
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Rolex Explorer 1 Model 14720 Patina "T" serial Dial , 1991
£5,500
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Wilson Watches
24
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black No numerals United Kingdom, Liverpool
Rolex Explorer 214270 - Gents Watch - Black Dial - 2011
£4,750
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Miltons Diamonds
59
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer Black Dial 39mm
£4,885
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Watch Center London
950
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer I Hercules Custom Dlc Coated Stainless Steel...
£12,999
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Xupes.com
219
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer 214270 Box & Service Papers dated 2018
£4,500
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Hopkins & Jones Ltd
5
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer
£4,395
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
325
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer 1 model 6429 steel year 1959
Price on request
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W1 Watches
92
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex Explorer I 39mm Black Dial - Box & Papers 2015
£5,515
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
193
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, longhoughton
Rolex Explorer
£5,000
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer 214270
£4,852
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Watch My Diamonds
252
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black No numerals United Kingdom, Liverpool
Rolex Explorer 214270 - Gents Watch - Black Dial - 2011
£4,750
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Miltons Diamonds
59
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I 114270 Black Dial 36MM
£4,195
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Sky Diamonds
146
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel 214270 - W5847
£5,199
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Xupes.com
219
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer - WPS
£4,998
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Watch&Passion LTD
27
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 34mm United Kingdom, London
Rolex Vintage Explorer
£7,999
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
325
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Black Dial 39mm
£5,885
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Watch Noble
30
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black
Rolex Explorer 114270 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
£3,993
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Crown & Caliber
299
US
Rolex Explorer 39mm United Kingdom, Ipswich
Rolex Explorer 1
£4,400
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel
Rolex Explorer Black/Steel Ø39 mm 2016 - 214270
£6,985
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
942
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Liverpool
Rolex Explorer 114270 - Black Dial - 2004
£4,800
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Miltons Diamonds
59
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, hertfordshire
Rolex Explorer
£4,400
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel 1016 - COM1782
£13,099
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Xupes.com
219
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Wetherby
Rolex Explorer
£4,531
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Richmond
Rolex Explorer
£5,300
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer 1016 Frog Foot Perfect Gilt Dial Year 1967
£17,183
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Sky Diamonds
146
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer
£5,499
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UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I DLC/PVD coating Complete Set Box and Papers
£7,042
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Stein Diamonds
129
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Automatic Black Dial Watch D Ser
£4,034
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72
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Liverpool
Rolex Explorer 114270 - Black Dial - 2003
£4,800
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Miltons Diamonds
59
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 34mm Grey United Kingdom, Cardiff
Rolex Rare Rolex Zephyr Oyster Perpetual - Ref 1038 - 1970
£4,500
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Watches of Wales ltd
 
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel 214270 - W6172
£5,299
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Xupes.com
219
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer
£6,010
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Nashville Watch LLC
78
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I
£3,993
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Tarrytown Jewelers
206
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black United Kingdom, Sutton
Rolex Explorer 114270 - Mens 2001 - Q?KNC%
£3,995
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EST 1897
471
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I 36mm Automatic Steel Mens Watch 14270
£3,864
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SwissWatchExpo
199
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex 2000 Rolex Explorer I Swiss Black 36mm 14270 A Stainless...
£3,867
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Collectors Coins of Lynbrook LLC
58
US
Rolex Explorer Steel
Rolex Explorer Black/Steel Ø39 mm - 214270
£6,179
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
942
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer 214270 39mm Watch Black Face Box & Booklets
£4,433
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Gold Watch Co
62
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer, discontinued
£5,727
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21
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Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black
Rolex Explorer 14270 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
£4,034
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Crown & Caliber
299
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer
£3,949
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Radcliffe
165
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer I Model 214270 Year 2017 With Box & Papers
£6,750
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Timespec
13
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Explorer
£11,000
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Maunder Watch Co
51
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer I 36 Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
£3,864
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199
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 39mm Black
Rolex Explorer 214270 39mm Mens Watch
£5,001
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Phigora
253
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm
Rolex Explorer I 114270 with Papers
£4,276
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US
Rolex Explorer Steel
Rolex Vintage Explorer Chapter Ring Steel Automatic Watch Gilt...
£20,894
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Interwatches
314
US
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black United Kingdom, Sutton
Rolex Explorer 114270 - Mens 2004 - 424UL4
£4,495
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EST 1897
471
UK
Rolex Explorer Steel 36mm Black
Rolex Explorer 114270 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
£4,195
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Crown & Caliber
299
US
Rolex Explorer Steel
Rolex Explorer Black/Steel Ø39 mm - 214270
£6,324
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
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Rolex Explorer: The Reliable Outdoor Watch

It's always easy to tell the time on a Rolex Explorer thanks to its tidy dial. The stainless steel Oyster case and the Twinlock crown protect this watch from the elements and make the Explorer the perfect outdoor watch.

Reasons to Buy a Rolex Explorer

  • Simple, functional, and easy-to-read design
  • Stainless steel Oyster case and Twinlock crown, water resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft)
  • Coveted collectors' items: 36-mm vintage models
  • Explorer Ref. 214270 with a 39-mm case and in-house caliber 3132

A Robust and Functional Sports Watch Classic

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they ascended Mt. Everest in 1953, resulting in the release of the Rolex Explorer soon thereafter. Since then, the Explorer has remained largely unchanged and has been praised by watch enthusiasts for its robustness, reliability, and neat design. A single glance at its characteristic black dial has always been enough to tell the time. This is due to the large numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock as well as the large, glow-in-the-dark hour markers. The 12 o'clock marker is a prominent upside down triangle.

The Explorer's stainless steel case features the proven Oyster design. Prior to 2010, it was always 36 mm in diameter. Every Explorer since has been three millimeters larger, starting with the reference number 214270. Regardless of the size, these watches are usually worn with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, though you can find pre-owned models with a leather or textile strap.

How much is a Rolex Explorer?

Model Price (approx.) Size Caliber
Ref. 6610 12,100 USD 36 mm 1030
Ref. 1016 19,500 USD 36 mm 1560 / 1570
Ref. 14270 7,100 USD 36 mm 3000
Ref. 114270 7,600 USD 36 mm 3130
Ref. 214270 6,500 USD 39 mm 3132 with a Parachrom hairspring

Detailed Price Information

Prices for Explorers largely depend on the model's year of production and condition. Early models, such as the ref. 6610 and its successor, the ref. 1016, are particularly coveted among collectors. The former was equipped with the caliber 1030 and was water resistant to 50 m (5 bar, 164 ft). Plan to spend about 12,100 USD for a pre-owned ref. 6610 in good condition. The ref. 1016, which debuted in 1963 and was produced until 1989, is hard to distinguish from its older sister model. Nevertheless, there are some minor differences: It was first powered by the caliber 1560 and later by the 1570, was water resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft) , and used tritium instead of radium as its luminous material. Prices for this timepiece range from 14,600 USD for a pre-owned model to 19,500 USD for an unworn example.

Sapphire glass was first introduced to the Explorer line with the ref. 14270 in 1989. Rolex simultaneously rolled out their COSC-certified chronometer caliber 3000, refreshing the design of the dial. The three numerals now had a more modern style and were applied in the same manner as the indices. Prices for pre-owned models start around 4,900 USD, while never-worn examples sell for about 7,100 USD.

In 2001, Rolex brought the ref. 114270 to market, which was the last Explorer with a 36-mm diameter to date. This model also received some major changes to its interior, including the use of caliber 3130. On the outside, the watch remained largely unchanged except for its bracelet's massive end links and Fliplock clasp. It also featured a different luminous material: Superluminova. A never-worn model demands prices around 7,600 USD, while pre-owned models can be found for as little as 5,200 USD.

Prices for the 39-mm Explorer

The Explorer with the reference number 214270 was first introduced in 2010. The main difference between it and previous models was its size: Its case is 39 mm in diameter, which is three millimeters larger than any previous Explorer. What's more, Rolex outfitted this watch with the caliber 3132, which includes the Paraflex shock protection system and a blue Parachrom hairspring. Rolex also switched from SuperLuminova to Chromalight for the luminous material. While the indices and hands had always had a glow-in-the-dark coating, the numerals 3, 6, and 9 first got this treatment in 2016. Furthermore, Rolex extended the length of the hands, which is most obvious on the minute hand. Expect to pay around 6,500 USD for a new Explorer ref. 214270 and 5,700 USD for a pre-owned model.

Tell the Time with a Single Glance

One characteristic of the early Explorer that remains the same to this day is the large Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. The rest of the hour markers are line indices, except for the upside down 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.

A 904L Stainless Steel Case, Water Resistant to 100 m

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 material which has proven itself especially scratch and corrosion resistant. Water can't do much damage to this watch either, thanks to its screw-down case back and Twinlock crown with a double sealed system. The Twinlock crown can be found on every model in the Oyster collection. Thanks to this crown, you can take the watch swimming and snorkeling, as it's waterproof to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

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 under the reference number 1016 for a quarter century. If you're searching for a vintage Explorer, a 1016 model is a good choice.

The Authentic James Bond Watch – Ian Fleming

Furthermore, this Explorer is the most authentic James Bond watch of all: Bond author Ian Fleming owned an Explorer with the reference number 1016. Although the hero has worn various watch 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.

Anti-Magnetic, Blue Parachrom Hairspring

The new Rolex Explorers produced after 2010 bear the 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. This easily surpasses the requirements set forth by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), which has issued this movement a passing certificate.

The movement's balance spring is made of Parachrom, a special alloy, which is unaffected by magnetic fields . The Rolex Milgaussoffers 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 one another, 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 caliber 3132 against impacts and jolts. This automatic movement ticks at 28,800 alternations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve.

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