The New Rolex Explorer 214270 is one of the 2016 Basel lineup earlier this year; together with a stainless steel Daytona with black ceramic bezel. The Baselworld 2016 new Oyster Perpetual Explorer curiously bears the same reference number 214270 with its predecessor. The Original Rolex Explorer 214270 (39mm) was first announced in 2010, replacing the smaller watch face Explorer ref. 114270 (36mm).
Rolex is a company that keeps on building on it’s original model, the first Oyster Perpetual Explorer (1016) was introduced in 1963. Let us take a look at the brief history of Rolex Explorer before we compare the New Rolex Explorer vs the old Oyster Perpetual Explorer.
A brief history of the Rolex Explorer
The Rolex Explorer is emblematic of the special relationship that has always define Rolex and exploration. As early as the 1930s, mountaineers who have attempted to summit Everest have been know to wear the Rolex Explorer. They are have made direct impact on the development of the Oyster Explorer and the quest for greater precision, robustness and reliability.
On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach Everest’s 8,848 meter submit. Moreover, Rolex had always been the official supporters of such activities, as they provided each team with their watches. Therefore, it was no suprise that the watch on Tenzing Norgay was an Explorer ref. 6098. On the other hand, Edmund Hillary wore a watch from the British company Smiths. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 in the wake of the successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, soon achieved iconic status.
The New Rolex Explorer 214270 vs the Old Oyster Perpetual Explorer
The defining characteristic of the Explorer has always been the black dial. Of course, the New Rolex Explorer 214270 has a few subtle upgrades from the old Oyster perpetual explorer. Firstly, the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer has an entirely luminescent display for enhanced legibility – aka Chomalight display. The material is filled on the hands, markers, as well as the 3, 6, and 9 numbers; as a result a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting blue glow. The new Explorer carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.
The Second main difference are the hands which are slightly broader and longer for enhanced visual comfort. This update will likely delight many Rolex fans that previously commented that the hands were too short; and not quite reaching the indices. While broader hands will enhance the visibility especially at night, we feel that it looked less sleek in the day.
Overall, the dial looks compacted, the aesthetics are more equitable amid the size of hands, the markers, and the negative space of the black dial. The Basel 2016 Explorer comes in a 39mm case, 904L stainless steel, satin finish, screw-down winding crown with Rolex fluting.
Movement on the New Rolex Explorer 214270
The new Baselworld 2016 Explorer is equipped with caliber 3132, an in-house automatic mechanical movement by Rolex. The oscillator is the true heart of the watch, and has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented in exclusive alloy. The caliber also has a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The price of the New Rolex Explorer 214270 is around USD$6,400. Some close competitor of this Rolex would be the Rolex Explorer II and the New Rolex Air King.
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