Rolex | Oyster Perpetual Explorer
Oyster Perpetual Explorer
THE OUTER LIMITS
The Oyster Perpetual Explorer and Oyster Perpetual Explorer II evolved from Rolex's deep involvement
with exploration. They go where few people venture. The brand was able to test these watches in real life
by equipping polar, mountaineering and caving expeditions over many years. Some of the world's most
intrepid explorers, mountaineers and scientists took these watches to places that tested their reliability in
the toughest conditions.
From the 1930s, Rolex began to equip umerous expeditions with Oyster Perpetual watches. The
feedback received was used to develop what became know as the Professional category: watches that
serve as tools, such as the Explorer and Explorer II. Rolex watches have taken part in some of humanity's
greatest adventures. One such occasion was the 1953 expedition to Everest, led by Sir John Hunt, on
which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to summit the world's highest mountain.
DESIGNED FOR EXPLORATION
The Explorer, launched in 1953, sets itself apart with a simple design and a highly
legible black dial with large hour markers and characteristic 3, 6 and 9 numerals.
It is a tool watch, created to tell time accurately, whatever the circumstances.
Even in the dark, the dial is easy to red, thanks to the Chromalight display.
Today, the Explorer is available in the same 36 mm size as the original model.
The Explorer II was introduced in 1971 and, in the same spirit as the Explorer, perpetuates the privileged
relationship Rolex enjoys with exploration. Thanks to the its 24-hour display comprising and additional, orange
hour hand and an engraved bezel, the Explorer II alows the wearer to clearly distinguish daytime from
night-time hours - a practical option in places where distinguishing day from night is difficult, such as that
the poles at certain times of year, and in caves - or to read the time in a second time zone.
RESISTING THE EXTREMES
Watches in the Explorer range have constantly evolved to meet explorers' needs,
each time becoming more robust and reliable. The Explorer is available in
Oystersteel or in a yellow Rolesor verssion (combining Oystersteel and yellow
gold), and the Explorer II is made exclusively in Oystersteel. Specially developed
for Rolex, Oystersteel is a unique alloy with excellent anti-corrosion properties.
Both models are fitted with an Oyster bracelet, a three-piece link bracelet known
for its robustness. Featuring the Rolex-designed and patented Oysterlock folding
safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening, it is also equipped with the
Easylink comfort extension link; developed by the brand, this allows the wearer to
easily adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm.
The Explorer is equipped with calibre 3230 while the Explorer II features calibre
3285. Both are self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and
manufactured by Rolex. They offer a power reserve of about 70 hours.
Like all Rolex Watches, the Explorer and Explorer II are covered by the Superlative
Chronometer certification. This designation testifies that every watch leaving the
brand's workshop has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by
Rolex in its own laboratories, according to its own criteria. The Superlative
Chronometer status is symbolised by the green seal that comes with every Rolex
watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.
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