The Explorer was introduced in 1953, but its history actually goes a few decades back before this launch. Since its inception, Rolex has always been a company interested in pushing the boundaries of what is possible, especially when it comes to water resistance and durability. The Oyster case was a breakthrough in water resistance in the early 1920s. Approximately ten years after this case was developed, Rolex began sending watches on mountain expeditions with the goal of developing the perfect explorer’s watch. The ultimate test run was in 1953 when these early prototypes adorned the wrist of Sir Edmund Hillary atop Mount Everest. It was after this final expedition took place when Rolex was ready to introduce the Explorer as their ultimate field/expedition watch.
So many collectors are after the Explorer because it makes a case for itself as a perfect one-watch collection due to its unrivaled versatility. The simple black dial allows the watch to blend seamlessly with a suit, but the three large numerals give the watch a more casual feeling. Despite the high quality and attention to detail that Rolex puts into their bracelets, the Explorer’s clean dial may push you to dress the watch up on a leather strap. Combine the agreeable design with its 100m water resistance and durable movement to get a watch that is perfect for any occasion.
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The Explorer, also commonly called the Explorer 1, is Rolex’s take on field watch. It was developed out of Rolex’s obsession with exploration, hence its appropriate name. A field watch needs to be durable, water resistant, and highly legible. The Explorer’s 100m water resistance, solid steel case, and rich black dial checks these boxes off with ease. The dial is the main hallmark of the Explorer collection. As evolutions have come and gone, the 3, 6, 9, and center triangle have been present from the very beginning.