Originally launched in 1953, the Rolex Explorer collection acquired its now-legendary name when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit Mount Everest. To celebrate their great feat, Rolex released the Explorer: a watch made especially for those with a sense of adventure. It is important to remember that Rolex supplied the Oyster Perpetual for the British Everest expedition of 1953 – Rolex’s founder, Hans Wilsdorf, believed in testing Rolex replica watches in the real world.
Despite its status as a tribute to one of mankind’s greatest achievements, the Explorer has always been Rolex’s most understated sports replica watch. It doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of a Submariner, GMT-Master, or Daytona, but it has the pure quality of a Rolex tool watch with the durability, accuracy, and readability you’d expect when you’re walking on clouds and snow.
The Explorer is the oldest Rolex sports watch model still in production. Over the past six decades, the company has released several Explorer collections, but the design of the watch has remained remarkably consistent. The now-discontinued Explorer 214270 is not only the largest Explorer model ever made, but there are two different dial variations to consider. For all the details on this model, delve into our ultimate guide to the Rolex Explorer 214270.
From a design standpoint, the Rolex Explorer has always adhered to a minimalist philosophy of the bare essentials – perfectly executed – with no extra features on the watch. The Explorer has no dial color, bracelet style, or date complications. A water-resistant case, a three-link Oyster bracelet, and a black chronograph dial with three oversized numerals are the defining features of the Explorer.
However, when Rolex introduced the Explorer 214270 at Baselworld 2010, the then-new product featured a 39 mm case. Until then, the Explorer had been 36 mm; the addition of 3 mm thus broadened the appeal of the fake watch, including for those who prefer a slightly larger watch.
What’s more, like all of its predecessors, the Rolex Explorer 214270 comes with a steel Oyster bracelet. However, the Explorer 214270’s Oyster bracelet benefits from fully solid links and a new Oyster locking clasp that offers greater weight and security on the wrist than the hollow center link and Rolex Seal clasp of the older Oyster bracelet. The bracelet is also equipped with the brand’s innovative Easylink extension system, which allows the wearer to easily fine-tune the bracelet by up to 5 mm.