The Rolex Explorer was first introduced in 1953, shortly after the first successful summit of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometers used by the expedition was the forerunner of the explorer, albeit without the name. In 1989 the Ref 1016 was discontinued after 26 years of production. To replace it the Ref 14270 brought with it modern upgrades such as, acrylic crystal to sapphire crystal and a newer movement, the automatic Cal. 3000. During the 90s Rolex switched from tritium to Super Luminova. Later in 2001, they introduced the ref 114270 which had the updated automatic Cal. 3130 and a minor thickness increase from 11.5mm to 12mm.
This Rolex Explorer 1 reference 114270 has a 36mm stainless steel case. This is the last version to have a 36mm case due to Rolex introducing the reference 214270 at Baselworld increasing its size to 39mm in 2010. Its polished and brushed surfaces transition perfectly towards tapering lugs. A lug to lug length of 44mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right a large screw-down crown. Its polished bezel holds a flat sapphire crystal. The glossy black dial has applied white gold framed Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9. With white gold framed baton indexes between, all are coated in Super Luminova. Mercedes’s hands are lume infilled. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-in case back. Inside an Automatic Rolex Cal. 3130, 31 Jewels, 28,800 Beats per hour. COSC Certified movement. Fitted on its original stainless steel oyster bracelet with a signed deployment clasp and solid end links.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original Rolex box & Rolex paperwork including swing tags. The watch comes paired with its original stainless steel Rolex oyster bracelet with folding clasp, spare links including. The watch is an "F" serial which dates it to 2004 with the papers signed in January 2005. The watch is in worn condition but as you can see from the photos is in fantastic condition for the age, I believe the watch is in unpolished condition too. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
A personal grail for me, 114270! Easily THE very best 36mm Explorer made that is both practical and wearable, I seriously love the vintage Explorers but with the prices increasing as they are I'd be a little worried wearing that out and about... Whereas this with its solid end links, sapphire crystal, and robust movement, I would happily wear this comfortably! Plus, this is a complete set and unpolished, its what we call "Investment Grade".