Rolex Explorer 1

Rolex Explorer 1

Why We Love It

More and more, collectors are turning to neo-vintage Rolexes of the 90's in search of value and collectibility.

Few models have more buzz around them than the 14270 Explorer 1. 

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

The 36mm case and propositions are perfect, just as the 1016 aimed for. Tritium lume fills out white gold surrounds, and the painted white numerals was nothing short of avant-guard in at its debut. This aesthetic would come to typify Rolex for the modern era and remains a design language seen in the current collection to this day.

With its simple, straight forward legibility, and durable steel case built to tackle any task it faces, one could make a strong argument that the Explorer 1 is the perfect sport/field watch.  

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: AS03509

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Ref. 14270. Circa 1997.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing minimal wear from age and gentle use. Tritium Luminous glossy black dial is in excellent condition with a professionally color-matched handset. Signed crown. 

Includes 7879/558B solid link Oyster Bracelet with flip-lock clasp.

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