The history of Rolex Explorer

Rolex Explorer watches

History of the Rolex Explorer watch

In the 1950s, with the creation of its first professional watches, Rolex set out to promote adventurers and sports expeditions. With the Explorer I watch, Rolex became the official sponsor of a successful Everest expedition: a Rolex Explorer watch was worn by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay during the expedition in 1953.

Style of the Rolex Explorer watch

The Rolex Explorer is a legendary sports timepiece. It stands out on account of its refined yet well-defined style: the black dial, the large inverted triangle at 12 o’clock, the numbers 3/6/9, the round case with a screw-down crown and screwed caseback. Overall, there are around 15 Explorer references. The Explorer is a Rolex must-have, together with the Submariner, the Oyster Perpetual and the Sea Dweller.

Value of the Rolex Explorer

Rolex Explorer watches are a must when it comes to luxury watches on the second-hand market. According to LuxPrice-Index, 5% in volume of Rolex watches sold at auctions are Rolex Explorer watches.

As with all watches available on Collector Square, Rolex Explorer watches are entirely examined, appraised, checked and guaranteed for 1 year by our specialist watchmakers in our workshop. The movement is monitored to ensure its authenticity based on its reference and age. All our Rolex Explorer watches are dispatched worldwide within 24 hours.

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