Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Explorer was first launched in 1953, when the brand made it clear that it was to create a dedicated watch for some people who risk adventure in extreme environments, and there was a British The members of the expedition team wore Oyster Perpetual to successfully challenge the legend of Everest, which made Rolex accelerate the birth of the so-called ‘Explorer’ explorer watch. Its functionality is basically practical, and it looks clear at a glance. The biggest feature, the design also has some distinctive features from the original version to this day. In recent years, this watch has two major changes, one is to change the movement in 2010, increase the diameter of the watch, and in 2016, Rolex also targeted the watch. The visual effects of the video were modified again.
The black-and-white style is the characteristic of the original Explorer since 1953. In addition, the Arabic numerals are used in the 3, 6, and 9 directions to establish its appearance recognition.
Feature one: immovable black face and white character style
Explorer’s faceplate design is not fancy. Since the original version in 1953, the black face has white time scales. This feature has continued to this day. The difference between the models is that the 12-point time scale is an inverted triangle. 3, 6, and 9 o’clock are Arabic numeral time scales, and the other parts are bar-shaped time scales. Therefore, the design of 3, 6, and 9 o’clock has shaped Explorer’s recognition, and then used with a Rolex watch Needle, it’s ordinary, it seems a little bit, but as long as you mention Explorer No. 1 (Exploring No. 1), you can immediately surface its classic style, and you can only say that the brand’s design skills are really brilliant. Explorer’s time scales have become thicker and thicker, and the Arabic numeral style is also different from the original. However, Rolex’s design premise is the same to be able to read at a glance. This explorer spirit is consistent.
Hyundai Explorer established the basic structure after the 2010 model change. In that year, specifications including the increase of the watch diameter and the replacement of the movement continued to this day.
Feature 2: Major changes in 2010
In 2010, the Explorer’s remodeling has several important points, including the expansion of the table diameter from the original 36mm to 39mm, the word ‘EXPLORER’ moved from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock on the faceplate, and the movement has also been upgraded from 3130 to 3132. The movement is equipped with Parachrom blue hairspring and Paraflex shock absorber. Even the chain style has been modified, which is simply a new look. This version also has the feature that the original timescales are covered with Chromalight luminous materials, but at this time, the Arabic numeral timescales at 3, 6, and 9 have been changed to metal three-dimensional mosaic timescales. The visual reading has no effect, but it will be affected a little in the dark. Therefore, Rolex adjusted it again after being buried for several years.
The latest version of Explorer changed the Arabic numeral time scales of 3, 6, and 9 back to have a luminous effect, and its Chromalight material also changed from green to blue
Feature three: details readjusted in 2016
The Explorer was remodeled again in 2016. This time, the scope of the change is not as huge as the previous one, but it is still full of feelings. First of all, the pointers have become longer and thicker. Take it, and then the Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock are changed back to the Chromalight luminous material design, and this time the luminous color is different from the past green, Rolex changed it to blue, it looks more A little fresh. In addition, although the watch face is still printed with ‘SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED’ at 6 o’clock, Rolex is also equipped with the 3132 movement, but Rolex has adjusted the testing standards for top observatory certification since 2015. In other words, the same Calibre 3132, but now this version of Explorer’s travel time is theoretically more accurate than the previous version (the standard value announced by the brand is that the daily error is controlled within ± 2 seconds). The only thing left to satisfy is that its power reserve of only 48 hours seems a bit inadequate. The upgrade of the movement in the future will probably be the focus of Rolex’s consideration.
Oyster Perpetual Explorer 214270
Stainless steel material / 3132 self-winding movement / hours, minutes, seconds display / sapphire crystal / waterproof 100 meters / 39mm diameter / reference price: 45,000 RMB