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Rolex Explorer

The Explorer by Rolex
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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.

Origins:

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,

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Famous Rolex Watch Aficionados: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
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If you don’t know who Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are, you should since they were the first climbers on record to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  So what does that have to do with Rolex?  Well they just so happened to both be wearing Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometers which later inspired the Rolex Explorer watch line.

Hilary and Tenzing were even recognized for their achievement with a limited collection of Rolex Explorers which paid tribute to them.  They were honored across the world for their brave accomplishment including recognition by TIME Magazine as two of the 100 Most Influential People.

If the Rolex Explorer can survive the brutal elements faced when climbing the most intimidating mountain in the world, imagine what it can do for you?  Browse the GoldWatchCo.com selection of Rolex Explorers.

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