Why we love it:
The Explorer line by Rolex is one of the most instantly recognizable timepieces in the world. This watch has graced the wrists of celebrities, athletes and active businessmen since the mid-1950s. Developed to withstand the abuses of the Himalaya Mountains, home of Mount Everest – world’s harshest, highest, deadliest and coldest peak. The Explorer by Rolex features intelligent design and understated appeal and is a testament to the world’s most elite climbers.
Launched with pride, the Explorer I by Rolex was launched to commemorate the very first Mt. Everest expedition made by the British in May of 1953. Lauded as one of the biggest supporters of sports, Rolex has supported mountain expedition teams since 1933. The Explorer line has been popular and highly collectible since its initial launch and is a wise investment piece for collectors.
Changes and Styles:
The design of the Explorer line was developed for the most active wearer. Special lubricants are used in each timepiece in the Explorer line that makes the watches usable at extremely low temperatures. In 1952 professional explorers wore the prototype Rolex watches with reference numbers 6098 and 6150 and featured white dials and leaf shaped hands. However, these two pieces had yet to bear the Explorer label.
1953 was the year the Explorer reference numbers 6298 and 6350 were launched, but these pieces came outfitted with a 3-6-9 Arabic numeral dial and would soon include Mercedes hands. The 6150 was replaced in 1959 with the 6610,