Possibly one of the most niche models from Rolex yet, the Explorer II was created with the spelunker in mind—a person who explores caves as a sport. As you can imagine, spelunkers have some very particular gear requirements due to the nature of caving. For example, they are often in the dark and in wet environments. So, in the 1970s, Rolex looked to service this particular group of adventurers with the Explorer II watch. Let’s investigate the different Rolex Explorer II versions and the collection’s evolution.
Famed climbers Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first humans to ever reach the peak of Mount Everest. They were also both wearing Rolex watches at the time. When they found themselves over 8,000 meters above sea level and subject to winds and other conditions that pushed them to their limit, they entrusted their Rolex watches to withstand the elements. They were not let down.
To commemorate this extraordinary feat, Rolex released the Explorer in 1953.
The Rolex Explorer has been tested in the most extreme environments all over the world, all throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st century. What this basically means is that out of all the used Rolex Explorer watches we have to offer, whichever one you choose will withstand the tests you put it through. So strap on that pre-owned Rolex Explorer and conquer that Rocky Mountain bike trail or swim with the dolphins in Key Largo, your timepiece will hold strong.
And should you ever retire from your adventures, we offer our BeckerTime Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee so you can upgrade or swap styles.