Rolex Explorer 39

Rolex Explorer 39

Why We Love It

This year at Watches And Wonders, Rolex unveiled its newest iteration of the vaunted Rolex Explorer (also known as the Explorer I) and what the world got was not only a mechanical update, but a size shrink back to the 36mm case that we all know and love. 

For the past decade, the Explorer has only been offered in a now-discontinued  'upsized' 39mm case, which retained the classic dial layout and functionality of the original, but upset some purists with its seemingly unnecessary girth. Yet for some, the 39mm was just right!

For those who want an Explorer in a slightly larger size, the Reference 214270 seen here is, for now, the only option. This particular example is in outstanding, as-new condition throughout, featuring a stunning case and an as-new dial and handset. Additionally, this watch comes with its warranty card dated from October, 2019.

The newest 36mm model might be the hot ticket of the moment, but this 39mm version may just be the next collectible reference of the line.

The Story

With its feet firmly rooted in the classic design of the early Explorers - a simple black dial with 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals -- albeit a more avant-garde approach to the look --and 36mm Oyster case, the 14270 is every bit as much an Explorer as the original models that pulled their own weight up Everest.

The day was May 29, 1953, and Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on top of the world. Rolex had indeed come with them to the summit of Mount Everest and since then Rolex has long been known as the watch of exploration. The triumph of the 1953 expedition and spirit of adventure and exploration that the Explorer represents can certainly be felt when this watch is strapped to your wrist.

These were watches designed to be tough as nails and capable of operating effectively in the harshest conditions known to man. Whether it was diving to the lowest point or climbing to the highest, you've got to hand it to Rolex - they know how to build one hell of a sports watch! It really doesn't get more badass than that.


SKU: AS05381

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 214270. Circa 2019.

Overall Condition: The case is in outstanding condition throughout showing light, normal wear from careful use. Luminous gloss black dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed Fliplock clasp with Easylink. Also includes warranty card from Mayors Jewelers, Miami, FL dated 10/30/2019.

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