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10/10/22
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Lot #1677

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer I 14270

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Introduction

Inspired by the first-ever successful summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the Rolex Explorer has long been Rolex's ultimate adventure watch. Constructed entirely from Rolex's 904L steel, the Explorer's robust design ensures that it can always battle the elements. Featuring some of Rolex's most capable movements and a rich heritage to boot, the Explorer is another display of their timeless design as this icon of watchmaking has remained virtually untouched in its aesthetic since its inception. Identifiable by its signature 3-6-9 glossy black dial, a flat stainless steel bezel, and entirely satin-brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, the Rolex Explorer has become renowned for its understated class, sporty elegance, and capable construction.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$4,000 – $6,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

36mm

Model

Explorer I

Movement

Automatic cal. 3000

Reference

14270

Bracelet

Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1996

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

By far the Explorer's most significant design element is its black 3-6-9 dial. Here on the ref. 14270 all of the dial furniture is made from 18k white gold in a move to prevent corrosion or rust appearing on the applied indices, Arabic numerals or hands.

THE CONSTRUCTION

The most modern of all neo-vintage Explorer references, the ref. 14270 combines the charm of a hollow centre link and hollow endlink with the modern creature comfort of a sapphire crystal to create a robust timepiece that is as charming as the first Explorer reference from almost 70 years ago.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in excellent used condition. The case and band have superficial wear along many of the surfaces, but it is very minor and there are no significant scratches or damage. Dial is in near mint condition and comes with a matching set of tritium hands. The bracelet has little stretch, with 12 links, 2 of which are removable.

Our Perspective

Hailing from one of the most charming periods of Rolex's history, the ref. 14270 stands as a wonderful celebration of everything that makes the Explorer family great.

Eric Ku

Co-founder