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Rolex - Explorer -114270 - Men - 2000-2010
Auction
Rolex - Explorer -114270 - Men - 2000-2010
AU$ 7,268
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer Black Dial 39mm Oyster Bracelet 214270
Rolex Explorer Black Dial 39mm Oyster Bracelet 214270
AU$ 8,250
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex S/Steel Unworn Black Dial Explorer I NOS Gents B&P...
Rolex S/Steel Unworn Black Dial Explorer I NOS Gents B&P...
AU$ 11,966
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
AU$ 14,136
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/...
Rolex Explorer 39mm Custom PVD "Gold Tin" 214270 w/...
AU$ 8,287
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
86
US
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W3404
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W3404
AU$ 8,945
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer Vintage Gilt Dial Ref. 1016
Rolex Explorer Vintage Gilt Dial Ref. 1016
AU$ 22,408
Free shipping
Seller
Orologeria Duomo Milano
33
IT
Rolex Explorer  Watch  14270
Rolex Explorer Watch 14270
AU$ 5,829
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer I 214270 Steel, 39mm
Rolex Explorer I 214270 Steel, 39mm
AU$ 6,810
Seller
Taleda
226
CH
Rolex - Explorer 14270 - Men - 1990-1999
Auction
Rolex - Explorer 14270 - Men - 1990-1999
AU$ 6,435
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex VINTAGE REF. 6610 EXPLORER GILT DIAL LOLLIPOP
Rolex VINTAGE REF. 6610 EXPLORER GILT DIAL LOLLIPOP
AU$ 25,421
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
89
DE
Rolex Explorer I 39 NEW Ref. 214270
Rolex Explorer I 39 NEW Ref. 214270
AU$ 8,623
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
51
NL
Rolex Explorer I SEL scat/gar art. Re775
Rolex Explorer I SEL scat/gar art. Re775
AU$ 5,905
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
209
IT
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
Rolex SS 39mm Explorer Blue Luminova Dial 214270 Unworn 2016...
AU$ 8,032
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
86
US
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 214270 - W4138
AU$ 8,256
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer Stainless Steel Black Automatic 214270
Rolex Explorer Stainless Steel Black Automatic 214270
AU$ 7,641
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3633)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3633)
AU$ 6,511
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 214270 Stainless Steel Black Dial Full Set
Rolex EXPLORER 1 214270 Stainless Steel Black Dial Full Set
AU$ 6,379
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 6,132
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
206
BE
Rolex Explorer I Stahl Automatik 36mm Ref.114270 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer I Stahl Automatik 36mm Ref.114270 Vintage...
AU$ 8,324
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Rolex Explorer Ref. 5501
Rolex Explorer Ref. 5501
AU$ 14,384
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
51
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
AU$ 6,056
Free shipping
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
267
NL
Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
Rolex Steel Explorer 39mm Unworn Box & Warranty Card 214270
AU$ 7,011
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
86
US
Rolex Explorer I 14270 Steel, 36mm
Rolex Explorer I 14270 Steel, 36mm
AU$ 6,417
Seller
Taleda
226
CH
Rolex Explorer - LC 100 - New Service - Box & Papers
Rolex Explorer - LC 100 - New Service - Box & Papers
AU$ 6,586
Seller
Westside Watches
21
DE
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3627)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3627)
AU$ 6,965
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial with Box and Paper
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial with Box and Paper
AU$ 5,359
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rolex Explorer I 114270
AU$ 6,056
Seller
GioiellerieDelCentro.com
12
IT
Rolex Explorer 1 Blackout
Rolex Explorer 1 Blackout
AU$ 11,961
Seller
Spritz srl
10
IT
Rolex Explorer  Watch  114270 SEL
Rolex Explorer Watch 114270 SEL
AU$ 5,981
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer I 39 MM NEW
Rolex Explorer I 39 MM NEW
AU$ 8,327
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
406
NL
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 8,176
Seller
CRIVATI GIOIELLI SRL
24
IT
Rolex Explorer I 114270
Rolex Explorer I 114270
AU$ 6,359
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
60
IT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 5,436
Free shipping
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
206
BE
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3605)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3605)
AU$ 6,511
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial Mint Condition
Rolex EXPLORER 1 114270 Black Dial Mint Condition
AU$ 4,912
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer I Stahl 114270
Rolex Explorer I Stahl 114270
AU$ 7,555
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
111
DE
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
Rolex EXPLORER 39 Stainless Steel Watch Lumi Dial
AU$ 7,654
Seller
Avi & Co NY
22
US
Rolex Explorer  Watch  14270
Rolex Explorer Watch 14270
AU$ 5,829
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer 1016
Rolex Explorer 1016
AU$ 11,885
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
111
IT
Rolex Explorer 1  114270 Ser. Y 2003 36mm JUST SERVICED 3411
Rolex Explorer 1 114270 Ser. Y 2003 36mm JUST SERVICED 3411
AU$ 6,206
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2100
IT
Rolex Pre-Explorer 6150 steel
Rolex Pre-Explorer 6150 steel
AU$ 32,713
Free shipping
Seller
A Collected Man
5
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 6,662
Free shipping
Seller
il duca orologi srl
12
IT
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3790)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3790)
AU$ 7,116
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 1 14270 Black Dial (T25) with Mint Condition
Rolex EXPLORER 1 14270 Black Dial (T25) with Mint Condition
AU$ 5,359
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer Steve
Rolex Explorer Steve
AU$ 19,854
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Black Dial Blackout Explorer I B&P 14270
Rolex S/S O/P Rare Black Dial Blackout Explorer I B&P 14270
AU$ 11,622
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Explorer  Watch  114270
Rolex Explorer Watch 114270
AU$ 5,981
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer I Hercules Custom DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
Rolex Explorer I Hercules Custom DLC Coated Stainless Steel...
AU$ 13,774
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer I scat/gar art. Re345
Rolex Explorer I scat/gar art. Re345
AU$ 5,602
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
209
IT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 6,543
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex Explorer 1 I 114270 Ser . F 2005  36mm BLACK DIAL 3327
Rolex Explorer 1 I 114270 Ser . F 2005 36mm BLACK DIAL 3327
AU$ 6,358
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2100
IT
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3747)
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270 (RO3747)
AU$ 7,268
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 6565 18K ROSE GOLD Original Explorer Dial
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 6565 18K ROSE GOLD Original Explorer Dial
AU$ 15,948
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
AU$ 7,862
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex S/S Unworn O/P Black Dial New Style Explorer I B&P...
Rolex S/S Unworn O/P Black Dial New Style Explorer I B&P...
AU$ 8,566
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Explorer  Watch  14270
Rolex Explorer Watch 14270
AU$ 5,829
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 114270 - W4105
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel Gents 114270 - W4105
AU$ 6,878
Seller
Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer I 39mm Ref. 214270 12/2011 art. Re1211
Rolex Explorer I 39mm Ref. 214270 12/2011 art. Re1211
AU$ 7,040
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
209
IT
Rolex Explorer 214270
Rolex Explorer 214270
AU$ 7,116
Seller
GioiellerieDelCentro.com
12
IT

Reach the Summit with the Rolex Explorer

The Explorer is Rolex's easy-to-read minimalist watch. It features a stainless steel case, black dial, and three hands - you don't need anything more for a simple, robust outdoor watch.

Highlights

  • Plain aesthetics
  • Medium-sized: 39 mm diameter
  • In-house caliber
  • Chromalight luminescent material
  • Waterproof to 100 m (10 bar)

A Reliable Companion on Mount Everest

The Explorer got its name after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer Mount Everest. The watch has belonged to the Rolex portfolio since 1953 and was born out of the Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, which had been used by climbers for scaling high peaks since the 1930s.
The members of the first Himalayan expeditions appreciated the robustness and precision of Rolex timepieces. Both the climbers and their watches had to brave icy winds and extreme temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F). Hillary and Norgay were members of the 1953 British expedition to Mount Everest led by Colonel John Hunt. Rolex equipped the team with their watches, and Norgay supposedly wore a precursor to the Rolex Explorer when he reached the highest point on Earth. The "Explorer" inscription on the dial only appears on versions which were produced a few months after the expedition. The models from this period have reference number 6350 and are worth five-figures.

Buying Advice for the Rolex Explorer

If you're looking for a subtle Rolex that's not necessarily recognizable as such at first glance, then the Explorer is for you. Models with reference numbers 6610, 1016, 14270, and 114270 are suitable for thinner wrists, as their diameter is only 36 mm.
The newer version 214270 is medium-sized at 39 mm in diameter. Therefore, the Explorer is somewhat of an understated Rolex. It's a sporty watch that has proven its dependability during expeditions in harsh conditions. It's not just a sports watch though, as you can't deny it has a certain elegance; it would go just as well with a nice suit.
The older 36-mm Explorers cost around 3,000 - 4,000 euros, depending on their condition. Collector's versions from the 1960s are much more expensive and cost more than a new Explorer, which runs around 6,000 euros.
There aren't many alternatives to the Explorer from other brands if you're using strict criteria. The closest is the 40-mm Grand Seiko. It has a similar simple design, is easy to read, waterproof to 100 m (10 bar), and has a comparable price.

Buying Tips

  • Vintage watches starting around 3,000 euros
  • New watches starting around 5,000 euros
  • Collector's pieces worth over 10,000 euros
  • Pre-2010: 36-mm diameter case (reference number 1016)
  • Since 2010: 39-mm diameter case

Twinlock Crown and Easy-to-Read Seconds

The Explorer's design benefited from the watch's first-hand experiences in the mountains. It was equipped with a fully stainless steel bracelet and the characteristic Rolex Twinlock crown. Some versions of the 6350 models already had the distinctive hour hand with a large circle towards the tip. Rolex still uses this design in countless models. The luminescent circle is divided into three parts to ensure readability when the minute hand overlaps the hour hand, and to provide a secure frame for the lume. Rolex hasn't confirmed the meaning behind the design, but the hands are referred to as Mercedes hands, as they resemble the car company's three-point star logo.

Optimal Legibility

One characteristic mark of the early Explorer that remains the same to this day is the large Arabic numerals at three, six, and nine. The rest of the hour markers are line indices, except for the down-facing triangle at 12 o'clock.
The bright white of the indices and numerals makes for a stark contrast against the black dial. It's easy to tell the time right away with one look at the dial. The hands, numerals, and indices contain the luminous material Chromalight, making it possible to read the watch easily even in the dark. Rolex is unique in their use of Chromalight, which glows blue, as most manufacturers use Superluminova, which glows green. Rolex used tritium until the late 1990s, and Superluminova from 2000 to 2008, when they replaced it with Chromalight.

The Authentic James Bond Watch

The Explorer has only undergone a few changes over the years. A notable change occurred in 2010, when the case size was increased from 36 to 39 mm. The case is made of 904L stainless steel, a type which has proven itself as especially scratch and corrosion resistant. Water can't do much damage to the watch either, thanks to its screw-down case back and Twinlock crown with a double waterproofness system. The Twinlock crown can be found on all Oyster collection models. Thanks to it, you can take the watch swimming and snorkeling, as it's waterproof to 100 m (10 bar).
In 1989, Rolex modified the dial, shape of the case, and indices. These watches, with reference number 14270, still have the smaller case size of 36 mm. The indices are made of 18-karat white gold to prevent tarnishing. Before this change, the Swiss manufacturer had produced the Explorer with reference number 1016 for a quarter century. If you're searching for a vintage Explorer, a 1016 model is a good choice, as there's a large selection available at moderate prices.
Furthermore, this Explorer is the most authentic James Bond watch of all: Bond author Ian Fleming owned an Explorer with reference number 1016. And while his hero has worn various brands in films, from Rolex to Seiko to Omega, he's always worn an Explorer in the novels. In the 1963 novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Fleming describes how Bond reads the large, luminescent dial numbers on a black watch from the Oyster Perpetual family. The description fits Fleming's Explorer perfectly.
The predecessor to the 1016, the Explorer with reference number 6610 from the late 1950s, is even rarer. Therefore, it usually sells in the five-figure range.

Other Details

  • Precise: runs -2/+2 seconds a day
  • Certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC)
  • Twinlock crown protects against water and dust
  • Non-magnetic Parachrom hairspring (newer models)

Special, Non-Magnetic Hairspring

The new Rolex Explorers produced after 2010 bear reference number 214270. They're easy to spot due to their larger cases, which house the in-house caliber 3132. According to Rolex, the movement deviates from the reference time by a maximum of two seconds a day. It easily fulfilled the requirements set forth by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and received the official COSC certificate. The movement's balance spring is made of Parachrom, a special alloy, which is unaffected by magnetic fields. The Milgauss from Rolex offers even more protection against magnetic fields, as its movement is protected by a shield made of ferromagnetic alloys. The designs of the Milgauss and the Explorer resemble each other, but the Milgauss is also available with a white or blue dial. Additionally, the Milgauss is slightly larger with a case diameter of 40 mm.
The Paraflex shock protection system, developed by Rolex, protects the 3132 caliber against shocks. The automatic movement ticks away at 28,800 alternations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve.

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