Rolex’s Latest Watch Is Designed For Explorers Of Life
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer watch nods to an adventurous story
Rolex’s history in creating tool watches dates back to the 1930s, when timepieces supplied to explorers became an integral part of an expedition’s kit. In 1953, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, it was with their white Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. Building on this success, Rolex released the first Explorer watch later that same year.
The reinforced case and clear design codes are still present in today’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer, with the digits “3”, “6” and “9” for quick and easy readability. The Explorer’s design has swelled over time, but this year’s new model has a more polished silhouette, returning to its original 1953 case size of 36mm.
Less, in this case, is certainly more. The smaller proportions of the timepiece are drawn in yellow Rolesor – a blend of 18k yellow gold and Oystersteel, Rolex’s own brand of corrosion-resistant steel – which is a recurring feature of the designs of the watch. trademark since its first patent in 1933. The juxtaposition of soft and warm gold against the cold solidity of steel forms an effective foil for a shiny black lacquered dial. The indexes and hands of the watch, covered in luminescent material that emits a vivid blue glow in the dark and promises to last an impressive eight hours, will be hard to miss for adventurers in urban and extreme environments.
Overall, the design of the Rolex Explorer has generally remained consistent since its first creation. After its expedition to Everest, the introduction of a reinforced case and clearer dial made a watch more practical, ensuring its continued popularity among the intrepid. While the concern of adventurers may have shifted from finding new lands to protecting the land we have, their wristwatch of choice remains the same. §