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Why We Love It
When it comes to design language, the Reference 14270 may be the most important Rolex of the contemporary era.
Launched in 1990, the 14270 was the follow-up successor to the iconic 1016, and featured a truly avant-garde design language. Moving away from the matte dial 1016, the 14270 features a glossy dial with stylized applied Arabic quadrant indices and a sapphire crystal which gives the watch a thoroughly modern and luxurious visual appeal that was initially a very polarizing departure for the model. With the benefit of hindsight, we can know understand that the 14270 was essentially a test-run for a new design language that would many years later become standard for numerous timepieces across the entire Rolex catalog.
This particular U-serial example dates to circa 1997 and remains in excellent condition throughout. It features a lovely glossy black Tritium dial and handset showing light even patination and a solid link Oyster bracelet with Fliplock clasp. Additionally, this watch retains its factory caseback sticker and includes punched papers dated 12/23/1997.
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 is the perfect sport/field watch for every day usage.
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.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 14270. Circa 1997.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous gloss black dial is in excellent condition with even patina and matching handset. Signed crown. Factory caseback sticker remains partially intact.
Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet (78790/558B) with signed fliplock clasp. Also includes punched papers from Rulliere Bernard Avenue, dated 12/23/1997.
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