The replica Rolex Explorer watches was particularly noteworthy in 2010, as the latest model of this classic model appeared in a much-anticipated manner. Many of the technical advances are hidden, but the elegance of the watch remains unchanged. The most significant change, however, is the enlargement of the case to 39 mm (as opposed to the previous 36 mm diameter), which makes the new model seem even more solid. Today, the Watch House presents a brief review of the Explorer I, whose official model number is 214270.
This extraordinary creation makes the Oyster a symbol of precision and reliability. To mark this momentous occasion, Rolex launched this commemorative watch in 1953: the Rolex Explorer. The experience gained from decades of mountaineering in the Himalayas and the further refinement of its exceptional watchmaking expertise led to the creation of the most robust Oyster watch ever made. It is fitted with a sturdy all-steel bracelet and a new double-breasted crown with a double water-resistance system. The Explorer was the first Rolex wristwatch designed specifically for professional use. The Explorer thus established its symbolic status as never before.
The new Oyster Perpetual Explorer is a timeless timepiece with clear, simple lines that reinforce its status as a classic timepiece, and a fresh, dynamic design. 904L stainless steel bezel, polished and sturdy, reflects the timeless tradition of the Explorer. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Oyster case of the Explorer is the epitome of sturdiness. The unique middle case is made of 904L stainless steel, which is highly resistant to corrosion. The triangular sunken caseback is screwed on with a tool exclusively for Rolex watchmakers, making the case completely sealed.
The Explorer is equipped with an Oyster bracelet and Rolex’s patented Oyster safety clasp to prevent the bracelet from opening accidentally, as well as the ingeniously designed Rolex patented EASYLINK easy-adjust links that allow quick adjustment of the bracelet length of approximately 5 mm for greater comfort in all conditions. The winding crown is water-resistant thanks to Rolex’s patented double-locking system that allows it to be screwed securely onto the case. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The fully sealed Oyster case of the Explorer gives the high-precision movement optimal protection against water, dust, pressure and impact.
The winding crown, waterproofed with Rolex’s patented double-locking system, is screwed securely onto the case. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The fully sealed Oyster case of the Explorer gives the high-precision movement optimal protection against water, dust, pressure and impacts. The simple and elegant dial provides a striking colour contrast with the hour markers and hands, which are coated with a luminescent substance that emits a permanent blue light, making them easy to read, even in the dark.
The watch is powered by a self-winding calibre 3132, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all perpetual motion movements, the 3132 caliber has been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification, reserved for precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Chronometer Testing Centre (COSC) tests. Like all Oyster calibers, this movement is built with unparalleled reliability.
The balance of the movement, the heart of the watch, is equipped with a stabilizing balance wheel whose inertial oscillation period is precisely set by the height of the gold MICROSTELLA microscopic screws. The oscillating mass is mounted in the PARAFLEX, which is securely supported by parallel, height-adjustable bridges, developed and patented by Rolex and increases the shock resistance of the watch by 50%. The oscillating balance is equipped with a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented by Rolex and made of an alloy manufactured in-house. It is completely immune to magnetic fields, remains remarkably stable in the face of temperature variations and is ten times more resistant to shocks than a conventional hairspring.