Rolex Explorer has been around since the 1950’s, originally launched in 1953. Its first major evolution probably occurred in 1989 when they introduced the: sapphire crystal, white gold outlined index markers, a redesigned 36mm case and presented the mechanical movement, caliber 3000, on the Rolex reference number 14270. There have been other upgrades and swaps along the years since then and now at Baselworld 2016 the Explorer is given a brighter light.
The 39mm case is made of 904L stainless-steel with a monobloc middle case, screw-down caseback and winding crown. The 904L stainless-steel is extremely resistant and polishable; being mainly used in the aerospace and chemical industries. Features a smooth bezel and screw-down, twinlock double waterproofness system and is all topped off by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
The black dial at first glance seems unaltered. It bears white hour index markers and Arabic numerals at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. And the index markers, as well as the hands have a luminescent coating, but it has never glowed as much as it does now. Introducing the new exclusive: “Chromalight” for an extra enhanced legibility. The hands are also broader and longer for enhanced visual confort. And though the case is in stainless-steel, the hands and the outlining appliques on the index markers are made of 18k white gold.
The Explorer model has always been synonymous with a pioneering spirit. On May 29th, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everst, during the nineth British expedition to conquer Everest. Their observations and feedback had a direct impact on the development of the Oyster case and assisted in the launch of the first “Oyster Perpetual Explorer”.
This “Rolex Explorer” (Ref#: 214270) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 3132, with 31 jewels and 28,800 vph. Features a Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. This watch is COSC and Superlative Chronometer certified, by the redefined Rolex norms in 2015, to ensure a -2/+2 second timing precision. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours. Mounted to this watch is a stainless-steel bracelet with flat three-piece links, a slightly risen Rolex logo, a folding Oysterlock safety clasp and an Easylink 5mm comfort extension link.
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