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Original steel folding clasp
Original box & papers
Rolex Explorer Ref. 114270
Oh, the Rolex Explorer in 36mm. The ultimate slow-release charmer…
The Explorer is typically a watch you do not notice when you first get into watches. But as you gain a little experience with different brands and models, the Explorer starts to charm its way into your heart. You discover that, actually, this is a watch design that approaches perfection scarily closely!
This specific Ref. 114270 was the first to be fitted with SuperLuminova and solid end links. Combined with an updated movement, this means that this is a seriously rugged watch.
The Explorer has retained that true tool-tastic vibe, in an age of blingy ceramic dive watches. Still, since it is modestly sized, it will work in more formal occasions as well.
This example comes complete with box and papers. What else could you possibly desire?
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Rolex is the absolute king of everyday watches. If it is haute horlogerie or the pinnacle of artistry in finishing techniques you are after, look elsewhere. But for pure everyday function, ruggedness and refinement, Rolex wears the crown.
The brand was founded by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf in London in 1905. In 1908, the name “Rolex” was registered. The brand would put a host of firsts and records to its name in the decades that followed. From the first chronometer rated wristwatch in 1910 to the first wristwatch with a water resistance of 100 meters in 1953.
A range of waterproofing measures, among which a screw-down-crown, resulted in the famous Oyster case. Up to this day it is the basic platform on which the vast majority of Rolex watches is built. Model names often feature both the Oyster (water resistance) and Perpetual (self-winding movement) terminology, followed by a specific model designation such as Datejust or Submariner.
Both modern and vintage Rolex watches are highly sought-after. They are broadly appreciated for their timeless designs, functional toughness, reliability, brand recognition and value retention.
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