The Rolex Explorer I reference 214270 is a shift from the earlier 1016 which had a long production period and its successor the 14270. In 2010, the Explorer I ref 214270 diameter moved from a smallish 36 mm to a larger 39 mm. The hands are a bit shorter in comparison to the larger case. However, it still retains the key features such as 904L stainless steel, the Arabic numerals 3, 6 and 9 at those critical hour markers, and water resistance to 300 feet. It has a flat and polished bezel and a 3-link Oyster bracelet with brushed steel. The bracelet has an Oysterlock clasp with Easylink adjustment mechanism. However, the modern Explorer I is protected by scratch resistant Sapphire crystal.
The Calibre 1050 and Calibre 1570 of the earlier generation Explorer references were replaced by the more modern Calibre 3132 in the reference 214270. It is an all-Rolex self-winding mechanical movement and certified chronometer featuring a bigger base plate, Parachrom hairspring, and Paraflex shock absorbers. It offers greater resistance to shocks and to extreme conditions. It beats at 28,800vph and contains a power reserve of 48 hours.
The modern size of the Explorer I is beefier than the original Reference 1016 which was produced between 1963 and 1989. The larger size makes it more in line with the typical 40+ mm size other Oyster Rolex timepieces in the Rolex lineup. It is less a climber’s “tool” and more luxurious, while still retaining the rugged features that brought it to high altitude fame. It still retains the black dial, polished bezel and powerful steel frame which all types of explorers admire.
Rubber B has created amazing array of bands for the Rolex Explorer I 39mm timepiece. They have three type of clasp supports – one that integrates with the original deployant buckle provided by Rolex, one with a standard 316L stainless steel tang buckle, and one that is custom designed with Rubber B’s industrial strength Velcro closure. The Velcro option comes in Jet Black, but the other two options come with a nice variety of alternative colors to enhance the beauty of your Explorer 1 investment.
Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland from pure vulcanized rubber, providing strength and durability for active explorers. For more information go to our Rolex Explorer I page here and select from our 17 custom bracelets here.