London’s Source for Explorer Rolex Watches
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There’s no better source in the UK for second-hand Rolex watches than BQ Watches. We have a vast online inventory of beautiful pre-owned Rolexes for sale. No matter what model you’re looking for, we’re sure to have at least a few in our ever-changing inventory. If you prefer a more personal watch-buying experience, you can always come visit our showroom in London and see our selection in person.

If you’re looking for a Rolex Explorer, BQ Watches can help. This classic, understated timepiece has one of the most interesting design philosophies in the Rolex line. Review our inventory to see what we have in store, and read below to learn more about this incredible Rolex model.


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. 

Popular Explorer Rolex Models and Styles

Premium used timepieces – rare, vintage and antique

BQ Watches carries a wide variety of rare, vintage and antique luxury watches. Whether you’re in the market for a Rolex model or another luxury brand, we’re sure to have something you’ll love. We carry Cartier, Omega, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer and many more. In addition to rare vintage watches, we carry newer models as well. If you’re looking for a used timepiece, then BQ Watches is the place to go for the best quality and the best price.

We pride ourselves on keeping an ever-rotating inventory of desirable timepieces for our valued customers to choose from. If you’re thinking of adding a new watch to your collection, you can count on BQ Watches having the right piece for you.

Source your preferred pre-owned wristwatch

As you might imagine, this watch is built to last. Its robust design is characterised by a black dial and Arabic numerals at the 3, 6 and 9. Luminous materials light up the hours so the face can be seen even in the dark. Explorers are built with stainless steel or Oystersteel to withstand any conditions. All models released before 2010 have a 36mm case, while Explorers after that are characterized by a 39mm case. A water resistance of up to 100 meters also keeps this watch running strong no matter the situation.

The Rolex Explorer and Rolex Explorer II both have classic understated designs that look just as much at home on a mountain as they do in an office. This versatile timepiece looks great on any wrist.

Classic wristwatches for men and women

In our inventory, we carry something for everyone. You can find men’s and women’s watches of every brand. Whether you want gold, platinum or stainless steel, there’s bound to be a watch that suits your style and preference. If you aren’t sure what exactly you’re wanting and are just browsing, our experts would be happy to help you find something based on your wants and needs. We’re always happy to assist.

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You can come to BQ Watches for any and all of your luxury watch needs. If you’re looking to purchase a luxury watch, just browse our inventory or visit our shop to find the perfect addition to your collection. If you’re needing us to source a watch, just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll get to work. 

If you’re planning to sell your watch, you can count on us to give you a fair market value for your watch, giving you the best selling price possible so you don’t have to go elsewhere. If you’re just looking to exchange your watch, we can help you find a great trade. And if you’re looking to get your watch appraised so you know exactly what it’s worth, you can rely on us to provide you with an accurate and speedy valuation. Even if you need repairs or cleaning, BQ Watches can take care of your watch and get it in the best shape.

If you’re needing one of our services, just fill out our contact form below with as much detail as possible. We will be in touch with you shortly, and we look forward to helping with your luxury watch needs.