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Review: Rolex Explorer 214270 - The most classic sport model in the stable

The New Rolex Explorer: The Re-invention of a true icon!

The new 39mm Rolex Explorer 214270 may be Rolex's most classic piece in its current collection of luxury sport watches. Its elegant design can be traced back to the 1950's, where it was first worn by true adventurers as a tool watch- not merely a status symbol.

The Original Rolex Tool Watch Gets a Make-over

This latest, most modern version, Rolex reference model 214270 happens to be a sleek 39mm gem of a watch that seems to be perfectly proportionate in an age of super-sized wrists and timepieces. This new Rolex Explorer fits quite aesthetically and formally- better than the other wider, thicker Rolex Oyster sport models. The profile of its case and terrific balance of its Oyster bracelet make it an extremely comfortable watch to wear.

Modern classic, well-balanced, master craftsmanship

While the watch doesn't sport as much bling factor without the coin-edge bezel and cyclops magnified date window, it still has plenty of "wrist presence". The 77200 Oyster bracelet actually looks and feels like the one in the Air-King before it- with the solid links and finely brushed/matter finish. The shoulders have a sleek appearance- not the "boxed-out" and flared type as in the GMT 116710 and Submariner 116610. This could be my favorite Rolex sport model out there currently!





  • Timeless design
  • Perfect size and weight
  • Balance of exquisite craftsmanship and durability


  • Retail price of $5750
  • Lack of luminous on 3, 6, and 9 o'clock markers
Technical and Specifications:

MSRP:  $5750

Material:  904L Stainless Steel

Movement:  Automatic, self-winding, Rolex 3130

Case Diameter:  39mm

Crystal:  Sapphire

Water Resistance:  100 meters / 330 feet

Bracelet:  77200 Oysterlock