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Hands-On: Everything You Have To Know About The Rolex Explorer 214270 (Video)

Today it’s all about the Explorer, the Rolex Explorer 214270. After having worn this watch for over a year now, I will share facts, figures and more  with you in this video. A lot of technical information concerning this watch and its history can already be found on the website.

The oystercase design and the twinlock crownCrown The knob on the outside of the watch that you typically use to either wind the mainspring or set the time [Learn More] ensure a 100m water resistance. This is a time only, no date and no nonsense wristwatch. 
This watch has applied white gold indices and numerals which are generously lumed with Rolex’s blue Chromalight lume. The bezel is polished, as are the sides of the case and the links. This adds a bit of a welcome spark to the otherwise spartan design. 

The Explorer comes on the iconic tapered oysterbracelet, the bracelet that all other bracelets want to be when they grow up.  It features the robust oysterclasp with the extra oysterlock for added security. The watch wears very well and flat against the wrist. Being all steel it has a weight to it, but absolutely nothing uncomfortably heavy.

The chronometerChronometer A chronometer watch movement is a high-precision movement that has been certified by an official organization, such as the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) or other similar bodies, as meeting certain standards of accuracy and performance. These standards include requirements for the rate of the watch, its resistance to temperature and other environmental factors, and its power reserve. Chronometer watches are tested for several days, in different positions, and at different temperatures to ensure their precision. [Learn More] calibre 3132 is built like a tank, and features Rolex’s parachron hairspringHairspring The hairspring is a thin spring in a mechanical watch movement that is connected to the balance wheel. The balance wheel oscillates back and forth at a consistent rate, and the hairspring helps regulate these oscillations. The hairspring works by applying a restoring force to the balance wheel, which helps to keep the balance wheel oscillating at a consistent rate. The hairspring is also known as a balance spring. [Learn More] and paraflex shock absorbers. It has a comfortable 48 power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More] and has a cool 10 year service interval. 

The Explorer used to be a 36mm wristwatch. The current model measures 39mm. If you can’t live with the 39mm size and desperately want a modern rolex you might want to have a look at the Oyster Perpetual in 36mm with the black dial. It is slightly less sporty than the explorer but it might just be what you are looking for. 

That being said, the current model feels very much like a ‘current’ watch. a watch that is made today and ready for tomorrow, engineered to perfection. Exactly what you would want and expect from a modern Rolex. Everything feels about as solid as it gets and it is essentially a no worry wristwatch.

The 214270 also exists in a version with no luminous numbers and a shorter handset. It often gets referred to as the Mark 1. To be clear, we are looking at the latest iteration of that reference, the Mark 2.

Having upsized this watch to 39mm you end up with a pretty lively polished bezel, it plays very nicely with the light and keeps things interesting. The sapphire crystal suffers a complete lack of anti reflective coating. At first I found it a bit distracting yet by now it seems to be the perfect design choice. 

As far as wearability goes, the Rolex Explorer checks all boxes. You can wear this on a suit to the office, with a nice sportsjacket on the weekend or pair it with your favourite board shorts as you stroll the beaches of St Tropez in the summer.

This watch is versatile. It can easily fly under the radar when you want it to which is quite a unique feature when looking at the broader rolex sportswatch lineup. To change things up once in a while, Put it on a leather strap or on a nato strap and you essentially have a new watch.

The watch is timeless and built to last, it really is, if you ask me, the perfect go anywhere do anything wristwatch.

You could easily buy an explorer and never want or need to buy another watch again, it’s just that kind of watch.


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