When it comes to Rolex professional watches, most people think of Submariner watches. The Rolex Explorer I collection is often overlooked by most people. Compared to other Rolex collections, Explorer watches are very understated, with no complications, not even a date window. The much later born Rolex Explorer II watches have more complicated date and GMT functions. However, the knock off Rolex Explorer is the leader of the Rolex professional watch collection.
Since the 1930s, Rolex has sponsored a variety of expeditions, including climbing in the Himalayas. Rolex did this to showcase the rugged and durable nature of their watches to a wider audience. The explorers were wearing Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. These knock off watches were able to provide accurate timekeeping in harsh environments because they were equipped with Oyster cases and mechanical movements. The explorers who wore Rolex watches were able to cope with the harsh environment with ease and then complete their tasks with distinction.
Gradually, Rolex watches became more and more known and recognized. Rolex also decided to differentiate the watches worn by explorers from the Rolex watches. The Rolex Explorer collection was born in 1953, followed by the Submariner in 1954 and the GMT-Master collection in 1955. In other words, the Rolex Explorer was the first collection of Rolex professional watches.
Coincidentally, on May 29, 1953, the first ascent of Mount Everest in human history took place. This spirit of fearlessness is highly in keeping with the spirit that the Rolex Explorer replica watches are meant to express. So Rolex combined explorer watches with mountaineering. Soon, the Rolex Explorer watches became a worldwide phenomenon. The large three-hand, 3-6-9 dial became the hallmark of Explorer watches.
Rolex Explorer 1016
The knock off Rolex Explorer 1016 is the fourth Explorer watch. There were three other different models of Rolex Explorer watches before this one, but they were produced in very short runs and in very small quantities. So we’ll start with the fourth Explorer 1016 watch. It is the longest produced model in the Rolex Explorer collection, at 26 years (1963-1989). We can find the Gilt Dial craftsmanship that was the pride of Rolex in these watches. The dial remains the same 3-6-9 dial, with inverted triangle hour markers at 12 o’clock and stick hour markers at the rest of the dial. The Mercedes hour hand is also still present.
Rolex Explorer 14270
The Rolex Explorer 14270 copy watch was a model produced between 1989 and 2001. This model still has the same 36mm case diameter, but with many details that have changed. The acrylic crystal was replaced with a harder sapphire crystal, and the hour markers and hands were made of white gold. It was also worn by the famous star Takuya Kimura, which makes it one of the most popular Rolex Explorer watches.
Rolex Explorer 114270
To complete the ref. 14270, Rolex introduced the fake Rolex Explorer 114270 in 2001. The exterior of the watch did not change, the movement inside and the luminous coating on the dial changed. While the Rolex Explorer 14270 remains more popular, the ref.114270 is better equipped and more stable. The movement has been upgraded from NO.3000 to NO.3130, and the new clasp on the bracelet (a triple safety clasp) is a better fit for this Explorer sports watch. The Rolex Explorer 114270 watch was eventually discontinued in 2010.
Rolex Explorer 214270
The launch of the Rolex Explorer 214270 in 2010 was a milestone. The case diameter of the Explorer 214270 caters to customer demand for larger watches, expanding from 36mm to 39mm. The design of the dial has also undergone some changes. The 3, 6 and 9 hour markers are now solid white gold, and the “EXPLORER” at 12 o’clock has been moved to 6 o’clock. However, there are some problems with the proportions of this watch, such as the hour hand being too small and the minute hand too short. So Rolex decided to discontinue the knock off Rolex Explorer 214270 in 2016 and release a new ref. 214270.
Rolex Explorer 214270 Upgrade
Rolex kept the watch model and introduced an updated version of the Rolex Explorer 214270 watch. This new Rolex Explorer 214270 super clone watch not only updates the proportions, but also borrows from the ref.114270 design. The 3, 6 and 9 hour markers are filled with a white luminescent coating. So this watch dark environment can tell the time more easily.
Throughout the history of the Rolex Explorer collection, they have been upgraded with constant innovations. Each upgrade adds some new design and reawakens this collection again. However, we still see the most classic elements in the latest Rolex Explorer 214270 new watch.
Simple, uncomplicated Rolex Explorer replica watches with a size that fits the masses, these watches are versatile enough to be the most versatile of sports watches. For the fine wrist you can opt for the 36mm Rolex Explorer 114270. Although the Explorer 14270 is more popular, it’s more of a collector’s item. For a wearable Rolex Explorer 36MM watch, the ref. 114270 is definitely the first choice. Those with thicker wrists would definitely prefer the 2010 version of the 39MM Rolex Explorer 214270 watch.