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Rolex Explorer 1 - 14270 - Tritium & Holes Case w/Box & Booklets
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The Rolex Explorer is a line of watches that was first introduced in 1953. The Explorer is notable for its association with exploration and adventure, with a design that emphasizes durability, reliability, and legibility in extreme conditions. It features a beautifully simple, balanced, no-nonsense design, with a clear and easy-to-read dial, luminous hour markers, and a robust stainless steel case. The watch is also equipped with Rolex's patented Oyster case, which provides exceptional water resistance and protection from dust and other environmental hazards.
The watch was famously worn by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, solidifying its reputation as a watch for adventurers and explorers. Since then, the Explorer has been worn on numerous expeditions and adventures, both on and off the beaten path. The Explorer has become a symbol of Rolex's commitment to quality and reliability in extreme conditions, and has earned a top spot in the list of Rolex's iconic models.
First released in 1989, the reference 14270 was a modernized update to the reference 1016, being the first Explorer 1 to feature a glossy dial and sapphire crystal. Collectors who prefer a slightly more vintage look and feel know that these 5 digit Explorers are difficult to find with a "holes case," which undoubtedly has a more vintage aesthetic, not to speak of ease of use for quick strap changes. This particular N serial piece, circa 1991 is early enough in the production run to feature just that, and some nicely aged tritium patina to boot. If you've been hunting for a top example this piece should not be overlooked.
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