The Explorer’s place in history is firmly entrenched. Once Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Everest in 1953 while wearing the original Rolex Explorer on his wrist, the piece would forever be known as a watch that could handle the world’s most extreme of environments. Rolex’s updated model of the iconic Explorer, unveiled at Baselworld and in stores now, stands up to its legacy with top-quality craftsmanship, a powerful precision movement and Rolex certification.
The latest Explorer has been given an entirely luminescent display – where the hour and minute hands, the hour indices and the famous 3, 6, 9 numerals glow an incandescent blue in the dark. Called Chromalight, the feature offers increased legibility in any scenario. Around the same theme of legibility, Rolex has also increased the size of the hour and minute hands. Those that follow the line will see an increase in both the length and width of the hands.
Maintaining the classic elements of the Explorer, Rolex keeps the case size unchanged at 39mm and the case is made from a single piece of corrosion resistant 9401L stainless steel. Additionally the bracelet is constructed using the same highly durable metal. The caseback is hermetically sealed with a special tool that only Rolex watchmakers have access to. The winding crown is fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system and guaranteed to 100 meters.
The watch is powered by the automatic caliber 3132 with a patented blue Parachrom (a Rolex exclusive alloy) hairspring manufactured in house. The design allows for increased shock resistance and offers antimagnetic properties to ensure time telling accuracy no matter what strains the watch may be placed under. The Explorer, which offers 48 hours of power reserve, has undergone stringent testing and carries the Rolex Superlative Chronometric Certification — redefined by Rolex in 2015. The certification ensures increased accuracy and performance to +2/-2 seconds per day. This is twice the industry standard, and is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every watch.
The updated aesthetics, precision and durability make this a great entry point into the Rolex family at CHF 6,200. This watch can easily go from the office to a mountain trail with no problem at all.