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Rolex Explorer
£4,645
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TIME TRADER
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Rolex 114270 Explorer -  Old Stock
Rolex 114270 Explorer - Old Stock
£7,495
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Watch Club
20
UK
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Double Name Tiffany & Co Explorer I B&P 14270
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Double Name Tiffany & Co Explorer I B&P 14270
£16,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
108
UK
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
£4,795
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£4,650
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Stephen Hughes Limited
 
UK
Rolex 214270 Explorer – 2011 – Full Set
Rolex 214270 Explorer – 2011 – Full Set
£4,000
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Oakleigh Watches
22
UK
Rolex Oyster very rare Guilloche  explorer Dial
Rolex Oyster very rare Guilloche explorer Dial
£3,495
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
34
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
£8,995
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
173
UK
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 (With Papers)
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 (With Papers)
£3,600
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zypher
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zypher
£4,250
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Maunder Watch Co
7
UK
Rolex 214270 Explorer Le Mans - 39mm - Full Set
Rolex 214270 Explorer Le Mans - 39mm - Full Set
£5,895
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Watch Club
20
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£3,700
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BQ Watches
 
UK
Rolex Explorer I 214270 - Box & Papers 2015
Rolex Explorer I 214270 - Box & Papers 2015
£4,390
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
30
UK
Rolex Explorer 214270 - Gents Watch - Black Dial - 2012
Rolex Explorer 214270 - Gents Watch - Black Dial - 2012
£4,299
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Miltons Diamonds
27
UK
Rolex Pre-Owned Explorer 114270 2007 Model
Rolex Pre-Owned Explorer 114270 2007 Model
£4,125
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William May
9
UK
Rolex Explorer I 39mm
Rolex Explorer I 39mm
£5,115
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Iconic Watches
82
UK
Rolex Explorer Blackout
Rolex Explorer Blackout
£6,995
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
173
UK
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 (With Papers)
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 (With Papers)
£3,600
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£4,600
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Robinsons Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£4,125
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JFD, Vintage & Prestige Watches
7
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£4,350
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BQ Watches
 
UK
Rolex Explorer Gloss Lacquer Dial
Rolex Explorer Gloss Lacquer Dial
£24,000
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Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Explorer 1
Rolex Explorer 1
Price on request
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W1 Watches
15
UK
Rolex Pre-Owned Explorer 114270 2008 Model
Rolex Pre-Owned Explorer 114270 2008 Model
£4,445
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William May
9
UK
Rolex Explorer I 39mm
Rolex Explorer I 39mm
£4,510
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Iconic Watches
82
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£3,427
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Take Your Luxury LTD
12
UK
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270, With Papers
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270, With Papers
£3,900
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Explorer I 214270 B&P 2014
Rolex Explorer I 214270 B&P 2014
£4,465
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World Time 1892
 
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£3,650
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Watermark Watches
 
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Rolex stainless steel explorer
Rolex stainless steel explorer
£2,729
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
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Rolex Military Explorer 1016
Rolex Military Explorer 1016
£18,000
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Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex 1016 Vintage Explorer I Gilt Glossy TROPICAL Dial (27402)
Rolex 1016 Vintage Explorer I Gilt Glossy TROPICAL Dial (27402)
£19,543
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European Watch Company
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Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
£4,052
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Austins Watches Inc.
124
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Rolex Explorer I 39mm
Rolex Explorer I 39mm
£4,570
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Iconic Watches
82
UK
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
£4,867
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Avi & Co NY
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Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270 with Papers
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270 with Papers
£3,900
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Explorer 14270 Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch...
Rolex Explorer 14270 Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch...
£3,244
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Chronostore
111
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Rolex Explorer Engraved Bezel
Rolex Explorer Engraved Bezel
£3,975
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Sea Wave Diamonds
90
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Rolex stainless steel explorer
Rolex stainless steel explorer
£2,950
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 214270 Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 214270 Stainless Steel
£3,982
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Phigora
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Rolex Explorer 114270
Rolex Explorer 114270
£3,650
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Govberg Jewelers
199
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Rolex 2004 PVD/DLC Explorer Custom White Dial 36mm - 114270 model
Rolex 2004 PVD/DLC Explorer Custom White Dial 36mm - 114270 model
£3,684
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Austins Watches Inc.
124
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Rolex Vintage Gilt Explorer Space Dweller 1016
Rolex Vintage Gilt Explorer Space Dweller 1016
£55,310
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Menta Watches
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Rolex Watch Explorer 114270
Rolex Watch Explorer 114270
£4,440
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270 with Papers
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 114270 with Papers
£3,900
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex 5504     Explorer I    vintage 1,959
Rolex 5504 Explorer I vintage 1,959
£5,826
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Cavalieri Jewelry and Watch llc.
71
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch(18...
Rolex Explorer 214270 Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch(18...
£3,687
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Chronostore
111
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Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£3,645
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EST 1897
23
UK
Rolex 214270 Oyster Perpetual Explorer Watches
Rolex 214270 Oyster Perpetual Explorer Watches
£5,022
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Watch My Diamonds
70
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Rolex Explorer 214270
Rolex Explorer 214270
£4,019
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Govberg Jewelers
199
US
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
£4,642
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Austins Watches Inc.
124
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Rolex rare Explorer Ref 5500 Glossy Gilt Dial 1962
Rolex rare Explorer Ref 5500 Glossy Gilt Dial 1962
£6,010
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Awad Watches, Inc
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Rolex Watch Explorer 114270
Rolex Watch Explorer 114270
£4,335
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 With Papers
Rolex Explorer I, Ref: 14270 With Papers
£3,600
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer 1016 | Mega FAT FONT
Rolex Vintage Explorer 1016 | Mega FAT FONT
£10,325
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Classic Watch Inc.
 
US
Rolex Explorer 214270
Rolex Explorer 214270
£4,569
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Kara's Watches
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Rolex 214270 Oyster Perpetual Explorer  Men's Watch
Rolex 214270 Oyster Perpetual Explorer Men's Watch
£4,794
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Chronostore
111
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Rolex R-Series Explorer Stainless Steel Ref. 1016
Rolex R-Series Explorer Stainless Steel Ref. 1016
£12,906
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The Keystone
 
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Rolex Explorer 14270
Rolex Explorer 14270
£3,650
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Govberg Jewelers
199
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Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/ Rolex card
Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/ Rolex card
£4,790
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Austins Watches Inc.
124
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Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
£3,097
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Private Seller
 
US
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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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