This article looks into the rich history and impressive features of the Rolex Explorer.
Historic Craftsmanship and Adventure
Released in 1953, the Rolex Explorer celebrated an incredible feat of human resilience and exploration. Rolex was outfitting many mountaineering and caving expeditions with their watches. Tried and true, the Rolex able to survive harsh conditions and function when these intrepid explorers needed them most.
In 1953, these watches adorned the wrists of an expedition led by Colonel John Hunt. Amongst the members of this expedition were two mountaineers by the names of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On 29 May, they were the first confirmed to reach the summit of the ever-imposing Mount Everest. To commemorate this incredible achievement, the Rolex Explorer was released the same year.
In the 1970s, Rolex proceeded to release the Rolex Explorer II. This Explorer was similar in many ways, but a 24-hour time scale was added. This feature is beneficial for polar and cave explorers, where the difference between day and night can sometimes be impossible to determine.