Rolex Explorer 1

Rolex Explorer 1

Why We Love It

More and more, collectors are turning to contemporary classic Rolexes like this reference 14270 Explorer with the hope of hopping on the next wave. 

The 14270 is rising in popularity and its not difficult to see why - 1016's are have completely exploded. Hell, gilt 1016's are roughly $30,000. When you consider the fact that the nicest 14270 in the world is well under 10k (Blackout's excluded), you start to understand why collectors are snatching these up. 

The 36mm stainless steel case is fitted with a 'Swiss Made' Super-LumiNova elements. This is a sport watch that abides by the form follows function ideology. Cared for properly, there is no reason why this shouldn't last another fifty years. 

Everything you need - and nothing you don't.

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: AS03508

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Circa 1996.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear and polish. Luminous 'Swiss Made' Super-LumiNova service dial and matching handset is in excellent condition with raised white gold indices. Signed crown.

Includes 78790/558B solid link Oyster bracelet.

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