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Explorer

Scaling new heights

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer and Oyster Perpetual Explorer II evolved from Rolex’s deep involvement with exploration. They go where few people venture. The brand was able to test these watches in real life by equipping polar, mountaineering and caving expeditions over many years. Some of the world’s most intrepid explorers, mountaineers and scientists took Explorer and Explorer II watches to places that tested their reliability in the toughest conditions.

The Explorer Design

Designed
for
exploration

The Explorer, launched in 1953, set itself apart with a simple design and a highly legible black dial with large hour markers and characteristic 3,6,9 numerals. It is a tool watch, created to tell time accurately, whatever the circumstances.

Long after the light dies, you can tell the time. The Explorer’s Chromalight hour markers and hands contain luminescent material that emits a lasting blue glow ensuring excellent legibility even in the dark.

In 1971, the Explorer II is introduced and, in the same spirit as the Explorer, it perpetuates the privileged relationship that Rolex enjoys with exploration.

The Explorer II features a date display, an additional orange 24-hour hand and a fixed bezel with 24-hour graduations, enabling day to be distinguished from night. It became the watch of choice for speleologists, volcanologists and polar explorers.

Explorer

Features

Resisting
the
extreme

The additional arrow-shaped 24-hour hand of the Explorer II circles the dial once a day and is used in relation to the engraved fixed bezel. It can indicate the time in a second time zone or show the time in 24-hour format – a practical option in places where distinguishing day from night is impossible, such as at the poles or in caves.

The Explorer and Explorer II are made of Oystersteel. Specially developed by Rolex, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family – superalloys that are most commonly used in high technology such as in the aerospace and chemical industries. Oystersteel is extremely resistant, offers an exceptional finish once polished and maintains its sheen even in the harshest environments.

The Twinlock winding crown on the Explorer and Explorer II is fitted with a double waterproofness system. It features two sealed zones, one inside the tube, the other inside the crown. This principle is used on most of the watches in the Oyster collection that are guaranteed waterproof to 100 metres (330 feet).

The Explorer is equipped with calibre 3132 and the Explorer II with calibre 3187, both self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. They feature a Parachrom hairspring that provides great stability in the face of temperature variations, and Paraflex shock absorbers offering greater resistance to shocks.

3132 Calibre

The Explorer is equipped with calibre 3132

3187 Calibre

The Explorer II is equipped with calibre 3187
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Universe

Answering
the call
of the unknown

1953 - Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

From the 1930s, Rolex began to equip numerous expeditions with Oyster watches. The feedback received over the years was used to develop what became known as the Professional category of watches that served as tools: models such as the Explorer and Explorer II. Rolex watches have taken part in some of humanity’s greatest adventures. One such occasion was the 1953 expedition to Everest, led by Sir John Hunt, which saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to summit the world’s highest mountain.

1953

The First Explorer

The information gained from the Everest expedition, as well as feedback provided by other climbers, led the brand to launch the Explorer watch. Later, the performance of the Explorer model was enhanced with a reinforced case and a more legible dial, catering to extreme conditions. While the Explorer’s appearance has remained substantially the same, the watch has benefited from every technical advance to Rolex timepieces.

1953

The Explorer

1971

The First Explorer II

Over the years, many explorers, mountaineers and scientists became Rolex Testimonees and were breaking records and testing their endurance and courage in creative ways, often equipped with Explorer and Explorer II watches. These intrepid men and women were increasingly concerned about the impact of humanity on the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystems. The purpose of their expeditions started to change from pure exploration to those designed to find solutions that will protect the planet.

Every Rolex
Tells a Story

Ed Viesturs

Experience

The Explorer

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