1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
Ref: 14270

1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
1996 Rolex Explorer I 36mm 14270 on Bracelet
Regular price
Sold
Sale price
$6,044.00
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Specification

Reference : 14270
Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3000
Age : 1991/2000
Specific Age : Circa. 1996
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 11mm
Lug to Lug : 44mm
Lugs : 
20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 None
Case Material : 
Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Month Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold “Watch Only” and therefore without its Rolex box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original 20mm Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding Oyster clasp, 11 links included will fit up to a 7-inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1996 and is sold in heavily worn condition as you can see in the photographs. A case and bracelet refinish can be provided at an additional cost. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.


The Watch

Here we have a 1996 Rolex Explorer I 14270 with a 36mm stainless steel Oyster case that gently curves over your wrist towards the finely tapered lug, a lug-to-lug length of 44mm and a case thickness of 11mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, a screw-down TwinLock signed crown. A smooth bezel holds a flat sapphire crystal above a glossy black lacquer dial, and an outer minute track is precisely executed with the applied White Gold baton, triangle and 3, 6 and 9 indexes Tritium T< 25 infilled marking the hours, Mercedes’s hands are complemented by a lollipop counterweighted sweeping second hand, Tritium T< 25 infilled, at 12 o’clock we have the Rolex motif and “Oyster Perpetual Explorer” printed underneath and at 6 o’clock “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” complete this rugged explorers timepiece. On the reverse a coin-edged screw-down case back, inside an automatic Rolex Cal. 3000, 27 jewels, beating at 28,800 beats per hour, this workhorse movement was launched in 1990. The watch comes fitted on its 20mm Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding Oyster clasp, 11 links included will fit up to a 7-inch wrist.


Personal Note

The Explorer 1 is considered by most to be the perfect "one-watch collection", if such a thing exists! But I agree, it wears perfectly on a wide range of wrists, and it ticks all the boxes for versatility, plus you really can go anywhere and do anything with this watch. This model has been well loved and well worn, we have kept the wear in the watch and left the decision to whoever is the lucky new owner on whether they want it refinished or not.


The Brand

In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which are installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.