Rolex’s second announcement this year at BaselWorld 2010 was a redesigned Explorer. I’ve always loved the Explorer for its unparalleled simplicity and stark elegance, but at only 36 millimeters, it was a tad bit diminutive by today’s standards. Not anymore. The size of the new Explorer is much more in line with modern expectations.
Below is a list of everything that’s new in the new Rolex Explorer:
- 39 millimeters rather than 36. That’s only one millimeter smaller than their other tool watches (like the new Rolex Submariner Date).
- The movement now uses the new Parachrom Blue hairspring which we discussed previously in the context of the Rolex Milgauss.
- The now-standard signed chapter ring not my favorite new feature, but believe me, I wouldn’t let it stop me from wearing one.
- Slightly redesigned dial: the word “EXPLORER” has been moved from the top where it used to be down to the bottom.
Features that haven’t changed:
- COCS certified.
- Solid steel case and bracelet.
- Sapphire crystal.
- Screwdown crown.
- Water-resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet.
- No date (part of what it makes it so simple and beautiful).
Not sure yet on pricing or availability. I’ll update when I know more.
By Christian Cantrell