The Rolex Explorer Review 39mm
Like the Rolex Submariner, The Rolex Explorer was introduced to the public in 1953. That was the year Sir Edmund Hillary got his title as ‘the first man to conquer Mount Everest’ on 29 May. He and his team members wore Rolex wristwatches, and Rolex has a newfound fame – The Rolex Explorer was born. Paying tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary and his team, the watch is made famous by their ability to withstand the rugged conditions and terrain in the Himalayas.
Most of the engineering work that went into the development of the Rolex Explorer are gained from the technical know-how during the Himalayan expeditions over the years. This is why the Rolex Explorer watch is part of their “Professional” line of wristwatches – Serious tool for exploring the earth or high in the mountain altitudes. The Rolex Explorer basically stood up to extreme challenges such as extreme temperature changes, snow, ice, water resistance, and still able to keep accurate time.
However, this extreme ‘tool watch’ has escaped from the radar by many watch lovers. The original 36mm face was too small for many to seriously consider it. Until 2010, The Rolex Explorer got a redesign. The most obvious change is the face grew from 36mm to 39mm, giving the minimalistic design increased visibility. Adding to the lug of the watch was an enhanced oyster bracelet that included a total redesign of the old Rolex clasp. It kept it’s screwed down case back and a twin-lock crown, ensuring water resistance to a depth of 100m or 330 feet. Although Rolex Explorer 2 was later developed, many still prefer the dial of Rolex Explorer 39mm. An update of The New Rolex Explorer 214270 was introduced at Baselworld 2016.
The Rolex Explorer Review 39mm on – The Dial
Rolex Explorer 39mm is made of scratch proof sapphire crystal without antireflective coating on neither the inside nor the surface. The dial is well known for it’s minimalistic design and is done in a matte black finish that enhances visibility. Surrounding it is a smooth flat bezel that is maintained from the Rolex Explorer’s simple, classic and clean look. The dial has “Rolex” below the coronet, on top of the dial are the words “Oyster Perpetual” beneath it. On the lower side of the dial, it has the words “Superlative Chronometer” and “Officially Certified” engraved in it.
The Rolex Explorer Review 39mm on – The Markers and Hands
At the 3, 6, and 9 positions are rhodium plated white gold numbers. The iconic triangular marker pointing at the coronet is positioned at the 12 o’clock location. The rest of the markers are in rectangular shape and are filled with Rolex’s proprietary Chromalight luminous material, which emits strong blue luminescence in the dark.
The Rolex Explorer Review 39mm on – The Movement
The Rolex Explorer 39mm is using the calibre 3132. Like many later Rolex models, this includes the Parachrom blue hairspring. When compared to ordinary hairspring, it is 10 times more shock resistance and is unaffected by temperature changes and remains neutral to magnetic fields. Paraflex shock absorbers also further increases the Explorer’s shock resistance by around 50%.
The Rolex Explorer Review 39mm on – The Bracelet
Apart from similar look as the oyster bracelet found on the Rolex Submariner, this new bracelet does not have a diving extension. Instead, it has the ‘Easylink extension’, which enables the wearer to extend the size of the bracelet up to 5mm. A fliplock is also included to ensure that the bracelet stays securely on the wrist. We must also mention the new 904L stainless steel grade, which is known for its’ anti-corrosive title.
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