Rolex Articles ROLEX PRESENTS NEW-GENERATION OYSTER PERPETUAL EXPLORER AND EXPLORER II Watches i

ROLEX PRESENTS NEW-GENERATION OYSTER PERPETUAL EXPLORER AND EXPLORER II Watches i

October 15, 2019

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The Swiss watchmaker gives both the Explorer and Explorer II a breath of fresh air with continuous evolution

The year 1953 is a significant year for mankind. Not only did explorers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest—at 8,848m (29,028 ft) high, no less—that very year, it was also when Rolex introduced the Explorer, which measured 36mm wide, following the first ascent to the summit. The launch formally cemented the symbiotic relationship between the watchmaker and exploration. As early as the 1930s, Rolex had already been equipping expeditions as a means to test the robustness and reliability of its timepieces under real-life conditions. This benefited the watchmaker as feedback from the members of these different expeditions had a direct influence on the evolution of its watches, making them more precise.
The new Oyster Perpetual Explorer in Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold features a 36mm case, black dial and an Oyster bracelet.
This makes the 2021 launch of the new-generation Explorer particularly noteworthy as Rolex returns to its origins with a 36mm version of the watch, which has the same measurements of the Oyster Perpetual timepieces worn by Sir Edmund and Norgay in 1953. Instead of Oystersteel, the new-generation Explorer is clad in yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold. (The bezel, winding crown and centre bracelet links are in 18 ct yellow gold, while the case and outer links of the bracelet are in Oystersteel.) This interpretation of the iconic timepiece brings together elegance and performance, which makes for easy wearing on both formal and casual occasions.
Thanks to the optimised Chromalight display, In dark conditions, the intensity of the blue glow emitted by the hour markers and hands now lasts longer. On the other hand, these display elements have a brighter white hue in daylight.
The year 1953 is a significant year for mankind. Not only did explorers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest—at 8,848m (29,028 ft) high, no less—that very year, it was also when Rolex introduced the Explorer, which measured 36mm wide, following the first ascent to the summit. The launch formally cemented the symbiotic relationship between the watchmaker and exploration. As early as the 1930s, Rolex had already been equipping expeditions as a means to test the robustness and reliability of its timepieces under real-life conditions. This benefited the watchmaker as feedback from the members of these different expeditions had a direct influence on the evolution of its watches, making them more precise.
The new Oyster Perpetual Explorer in Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold features a 36mm case, black dial and an Oyster bracelet.
This makes the 2021 launch of the new-generation Explorer particularly noteworthy as Rolex returns to its origins with a 36mm version of the watch, which has the same measurements of the Oyster Perpetual timepieces worn by Sir Edmund and Norgay in 1953. Instead of Oystersteel, the new-generation Explorer is clad in yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold. (The bezel, winding crown and centre bracelet links are in 18 ct yellow gold, while the case and outer links of the bracelet are in Oystersteel.) This interpretation of the iconic timepiece brings together elegance and performance, which makes for easy wearing on both formal and casual occasions.
Thanks to the optimised Chromalight display, In dark conditions, the intensity of the blue glow emitted by the hour markers and hands now lasts longer. On the other hand, these display elements have a brighter white hue in daylight.