The Explorer Watch was introduced in 1953. Known for its clean design, it features a clear, easy-to-read black dial, oversized hour markers, and unique 3, 6, and 9 numeral markers. This watch can accurately tell the time no matter how the environment changes.
This extraordinary innovation makes the Oyster watch a symbol of accuracy and reliability. It is the accumulation of experience from decades of countless mountaineering journeys in the Himalayas, and further refinement of its excellent watchmaking technology, resulting in this most durable Oyster watch.
The watch has a sturdy all-steel strap and a new double-buckle winding crown with a double waterproof system. The Explorer is the first Rolex watch designed specifically for professional use. As a result, the explorer type established its symbolic status as never before seen. The clear and simple line design of the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer establishes its position as a classic timepiece and shows fresh vitality. The 904L stainless steel polished bezel is solid and elegant in design and also interprets the explorer type’s classic and timeless tradition.
Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Explorer-type Oyster case is the epitome of ruggedness. The unique middle case is cast in 904L stainless steel, which is exceptionally resistant to corrosion. The triangular grooved bottom cover is screwed down by the exclusive tools of the Rolex watchmaker so that the case is completely sealed.
In 1971, the Explorer II watch was officially launched. A group of the world’s most fearless explorers, mountaineers, and scientists, wearing Explorer and Explorer II watches, went on adventures in harsh environments to test the watch’s reliability. Equipped with a calendar display, an additional orange 24-hour hand, and a fixed 24-hour scale on the outer ring, the Explorer II was designed to distinguish day and night easily. It has gradually become the watch of choice for cavers, volcanologists, and polar explorers.