Rolex Explorer black watch dial

Rolex Explorer

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first mountaineers to reach the summit of Everest as part of a British expedition equipped with Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. Their remarkable achievement reinforced the reputation of the Rolex Explorer which launched later that year. To this day, the Rolex Explorer retains the same spirit of human adventure, the strong perseverance behind every exploit, and the iconic status it earned in the wake of Hillary and Tenzing’s success.


Since the late 1920s, Rolex has been using the world as a laboratory - testing its timepieces in real conditions. This pioneering spirit prompted the company to equip numerous Himalayan expeditions, the observations of which have directly impacted the development of Rolex Oyster watches and the quest for greater precision, robustness and reliability.


As it has evolved, the Rolex Explorer has remained faithful to its unique heritage and identity, whilst harnessing new Rolex innovations. Since 2010 it has been bolder, boasting a larger 39 mm case to complement its emblematic 3, 6 and 9 hour markers and Chromalight display. The luminescent hands also contrast beautifully with the sleek dial and emit a long-lasting blue glow, which gives excellent legibility in even the darkest of environments.


Like all Rolex watches, each Rolex Explorer is fitted with a COSC-certified chronometer – a successfully and thoroughly tested self-winding mechanical movement – and is certified to perform at a superlative level as a fully assembled watch. The superlative certification assessment conditions exclusive to Rolex exceed those of watchmaking norms and simulate real-life watch wearing, giving a more representative experience to guarantee performance on the wrist.

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