The history of Rolex Explorer

Watches Rolex Explorer

In the fifties, the Rolex brand began to create watches aimed at particular professionals, adventurers and sportspeople. Accordingly, Rolex and its Explorer I watch were the official sponsors of the first expedition to conquer Mount Everest. In fact, the Explorer that Sherpa Tenzing Norgay wore during the 1953 expedition is on display at the Rolex Museum in Geneva.

The Explorer thus became a legend among sports watches. The Explorer is easily recognizable thanks to its minimalist yet clearly defined style: its black dial, the large inverted triangle at 12 o’clock, it’s luminous 3, 6 and 9 figures and its rounded casing with a screw-fitted crown and back.

The Explorer I has become one of the Rolex brand’s great classics and is hugely in demand among collectors.

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