Blog posts about Explorer

Iconic Rolex Sports Watches

There are two very distinct sides to the Rolex lineup: the dress watches and the sports watches. Whereas by nature, Rolex dress watches are designed to look great, Rolex sports watches are designed to look great and to serve a specific purpose. In fact, all Rolex sports watches began as a purpose-built tool for a […]

Will The Steve McQueen Imposter Please Stand Up?

The Rolex Explorer II – at least early examples of it – is called the Steve McQueen, even though Steve McQueen the actor never wore one. No, the King of Cool wore a Submariner 5512, which we’ll cover in a future installment. Rolex introduced the Explorer II in 1971. The watch was basically a GMT-Master with […]

Going Where No Man – Or Watch – Had Gone Before

Ever wonder about the backstory of your favorite Rolex? Well, stick with us. This is the third in a series of posts featuring histories of significant Rolex models. You’ll find all the reference numbers connected with each model here. In all, Rolex has introduced nearly three dozen models since 1950. Over the next several weeks, […]

Trends in Watches

Trends really don’t show themselves in watches the way they do in, say, clothing. The lead times are too long, and the investments too great to take such risks as “orange is the new black.” But, as British watch industry watcher James Gurney pointed out a few weeks ago, they do happen. They simply happen […]

Wearing the new(er) Rolex Explorer II 216570

Since Basel 2011 when Rolex unveiled an updated version of the venerable Explorer II, there has been much written about the new(er), updated Rolex Explorer II model 216570. At its launch, the Explorer II was featured prominently in Rolex’s iOS iPad app and in stories fueled and supplied by National Geographic, a partner in the […]

Rare Rolex’s Found and Available to You…

Rare Rolex’s Found and Available to You… One of the appealing aspects of Rolex is seeing models fetch high prices at auction. Rolex watches have the capability of high auction prices because of its recognizable name known around the globe and because of the typical aspects that make normal items appealing in the auction world. […]