Rolex explorer 214270 39mm
This example of the now discontinued 39mm model is in pristine condition and even has some stickers left on the clasp.
In 1953, Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest wearing modified Oyster Perpetuals. Neither were actually wearing an Explorer but Rolex were quick to take advantage of this amazing feat of human endurance and launched the 6289. The reference 6530 was the first model to have Explorer on the dial. In 1959 Rolex released the 6610 which had all the classic hallmarks of the Explorer: stainless steel oyster case measuring 36mm, black dial, 3-6-9 numerals, inverted triangle at the 12 and Mercedes-style hands. The model evolved into the 1016 in 1963 which initially had the calibre 1570 movement – later version had the 1570. In 2010, Rolex released the Rolex Explorer 214270. The most noticeable design change was that the case grew to 39mm. The 214270 also received the updated calibre 3132 automatic movement. Early examples of the Rolex Explorer 214270 were fitted with the hands from the previous generation 36mm Explorer 114270. This led to complaints that the hands were too short and Rolex subsequently fitted longer hands on the update Explorer 214270 in 2016. All Rolex Explorer 214270 watches were fitted with Oyster bracelets.