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 crown 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 chronometer calibre 3132 is built like a tank, and features Rolex’s parachron hairspring and paraflex shock absorbers. It has a comfortable 48 power reserve 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.