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The Rolex Explorer, along with the Submariner and Daytona, has become one of the most recognisable and desirable watches in the world with its distinctive 3, 6 and 9 hour markers. The Rolex Explorer reference 6610 was released by Rolex in 1959 and had all the classic hallmarks of the Explorer: stainless steel oyster case measuring 36mm, black dial, 3-6-9 numerals, inverted triangle at the 12 and Mercedes-style hands. The general design of the Rolex Explorer remained very much the same over the years with upgrades the the movement and bracelet. The 1016 was released by Rolex in 1963 and remained in production until 1989 when it was replaced with the 14270. The Rolex Explorer grew to 39mm in 2010 when Rolex released the 214270. Our collection of used Rolex Explorer watches caters for everyone’s tastes and budgets. If you’re ready to invest in a pre-owned Rolex Explorer, contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.





In 1953, Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest wearing modified Oyster Perpetuals. Neither were actually wearing an Explorer but Rolex were quick to take advantage of this amazing feat of human endurance and launched the 6289. The reference 6530 was the first model to have Explorer on the dial. In 1959 Rolex released the 6610 which had all the classic hallmarks of the Explorer: stainless steel oyster case measuring 36mm, black dial, 3-6-9 numerals, inverted triangle at the 12 and Mercedes-style hands. The model evolved into the 1016 in 1963 which initially had the calibre 1570 movement - later version had the 1570. In 1989 Rolex discontinued the 1016 and launched the 14270 with a 36mm case, Oyster bracelet, 3-6-9 dial and calibre 3000 automatic movement. The acrylic crystal was also replaced with sapphire glass. There were four main version of the Rolex Explorer 14270. Early examples were fitted with 'TSWISS-T<25' dials, then there is the 'Blackout' with black pained 3-6-9 rather than white, the 'SWISS' only and Explorers after 2000 were fitted with 'SWISS MADE' dials. In 2001, Rolex updated the Explorer and released the 114270 with calibre 3130 automatic movement. The 114270 was slightly thicker than the 14270 but the diameter remained the same. It wasn't until Baselworld 2010 that Rolex released the Explorer 214270 with in-house calibre 3132 automatic movement. The case also grew to 39mm. Want to know more about specific Rolex Explorer models such as the 14270, 'Blackout' or 39mm 214270? We will be releasing in depth reviews on all your favourite Rolex Explorer models very soon.



Our collection of pre-owned Rolex Explorer watches include the 14270, 114270 and 214270. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best examples of the classic Rolex Explorer and unless there is a valid reason, ALL Explorers will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any Rolex Explorer you need to ensure you are getting the very best example for the very best price. You should always look for Explorers that are complete with their original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. A 'Full Set' Rolex Explorer is always going to increase in value at a higher rate than an examples that are missing important items such as the original warranty certificate. It is also important to select a Rolex Explorer that is complete with the boxes and papers that were originally supplied with the watch. Manuals will always be date stamped and boxes are specific to certain models and years. Another important item that should be included is the green hang tag as this will show the model number and serial number. Want to know more about buying a pre-owned or used Rolex Explorer? We will be releasing an in depth guide very soon. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand Rolex Explorer watches.

Contact Us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.