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Rolex Explorer Watch: History of the Explorer
The Rolex Explorer benefited from the technical know-how gained during the Himalayan expeditions. Discover the history of the Explorer on the Official Rolex Website.


History of the Explorer


History of the Explorer


Spirit of the Explorer

The Rolex Explorer received special attention in 2010, when the latest version of this classic made its much anticipated appearance. While the characteristic sober and elegant lines of the Explorer have been preserved, most of the enhancements are to be found inside the watch. The most visible change is an enlarged, 39 mm case, compared to the previous 36 mm diameter, giving the new model a bolder look.


Style of the Explorer

The new Oyster Perpetual Explorer imparts a fresh elan to the sober, clean lines that have long established it as an icon. The smooth bezel in 904L steel is robust yet elegant, and in perfect harmony with the Explorer’s iconic heritage.


Style of the Explorer

The Rolex Explorer benefited from experience gained in the Himalayas, acquiring its clearly distinctive hour and minute hands, and its landmark, highly legible, black dial with luminescent indices and large Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. It is designed for optimal legibility even in the dark – a crucial feature for explorers.

The new Chromalight display, with an innovative luminescent material that emits a blue glow, is legible in the dark for twice as long as before. The crystal is made of scratch-proof sapphire.

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Oyster, 39 mm, steel

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer embodies the resilience and the spirit of adventure that lie behind every history-making endeavour.