The Rolex Explorer in steel with an entirely luminescent display for enhanced legibility. The model’s characteristic 6 and 9 numerals are now filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting blue glow, like its hour markers and hands.
The Rolex Explorer in its element: created in 1953 in the wake of the first successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, it benefited from 20 years of real-life tests during Himalayan expeditions. These had a direct impact on the deve
This is a 1964 Rolex Explorer advertisement. It shows how watch companies take the idea of exploration, such as the issues of keeping time consistently in adverse conditions. Here the Rolex is capable of surviving the climb to the top of the Matterhorn.
1961 Rolex Explorer ref. Both watches are from the same year, however the chocolate dial is a very special one. A flaw in the manufacturing process resulted in the occasional fading of the dial to a shade of brown, described a