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Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men Watch. 40mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel 24 Hour Time Display bezel. White tritium dial with Luminous black Steel hands and index hour markers. M...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case. Stainless steel fix bezel with 24 hour black bezel insert. Black dial with luminous steel hands and dot hour markers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case. Stainless steel fix bezel with 24 hour black bezel insert. Black dial with tridium steel hands and dot hour markers. M...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case. Stainless steel fix bezel with 24 hour black bezel insert. Black dial with luminous steel hands and dot hour markers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer 114270 Men's Watch Box & Paper
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer 114270 men's watch. 36mm stainless steel case. stainless steel smooth bezel. Black dial with luminous hands and index & Arabic numeral hour marker.  Minute markers on ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 214270
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 214270 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (39mm). Black dial with white stick markers and Arabic numerals. Stainle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer 114270 Engraved Rehaut Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer 114270 Men's Watch. 36mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Black dial with luminous hands and Index & Arabic numeral hour marker. Stainless steel bra...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer 0 14270 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008051 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 14270 Age: 36mm Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Black Quarter Arabic Glass: S...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 214270
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 214270 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (39mm). Black dial with white stick markers and Arabic numerals. Stainle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer Chronometer Two-Tone Watch 124273-0001
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Explorer Chronometer Watch, reference number 124273-0001, is a luxury timepiece that will successfully withstand the test of time. This commanding accessory pairs a 36mm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Engraved Rehaut Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case with stainless steel 24 Hour time display bezel. White dial with black luminous steel hands and index hour markers. Mi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 216570 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008143 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer II Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 216570 Age: 42010 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: Black Baton ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II 0 16570 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002887 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer II Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16570 Age: 40491 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Cardholder, Swing Ta...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II 0 216570 Men's Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008145 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer II Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 216570 Age: 2012 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: White Baton G...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer 214270 MK2 Dial Men's Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer 214270 Men's Watch. 39mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Black dial with Luminous Steel hands and index & Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute marke...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 114270 Men's Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 114270 Mens Watch. 36mm stainless steel case with smooth bezel. Black dial with Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions hour markers. Minute ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 216570 Mens Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II. 42mm stainless steel case. Stainless steel bezel with black Arabic numerals. Black dial with steel luminous hands and index hour markers. Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 214270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I 39mm Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 214270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 39 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 216570 Men's Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II. 42mm stainless steel case. Stainless steel bezel with 24 hours black bezel insert. White dial with black steel luminous hands and index hour...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II White Dial Parachrom Hairspring Mens Watch 16570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial Parachrom Hairspring Mens Watch 16570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with new Parachrom Blue hairspring. Stainless steel ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer Steel Luminous Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 214270
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Explorer 214270 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Mens Watch 214270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Mens Watch 214270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 39 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II White Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II White Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 124270 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Men's Watch 214270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Mens Watch 214270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 39 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Mens Watch 214270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Luminescent Arabic Numerals Mens Watch 214270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 39 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Watch 216570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Engraved Rehaut with 3186 Movement Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men's Watch. 40mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel 24 Hour Time Display bezel. Black dial with Luminous Steel hands and luminous dot hour markers. Minute...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Watch 216570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer Steel Black Dial Automatic Oyster Smooth Mens Watch 214270
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
New Old Stock 2020 new Style card. Full Lume MK2 Dial. Rolex Explorer 39mm Steel Black Dial Automatic Oyster Bracelet Smooth Bezel Men's Watch 214270. This Beautiful Timepiece Featur...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 14270 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 124273 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 124273 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer I Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 114270 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 0 5513 Men Stainless Steel Gilt Explorer "Kissing L" Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002874 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 5513 Age: 1963 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Black Quarter Arabic Glass:...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer Steel Black Dial Steel Numerals Automatic Men's Watch 214270
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Explorer 214270 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Mens Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II 42 Black Dial Orange Hand Steel Mens Watch 216570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Parachrom Hairsprin Mens Watch 16570 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Parachrom Hairsprin Mens Watch 16570 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with Parachrom Blue hairspring. Stainless steel cas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer II Men's Stainless Steel Watch 216570 Black Dial with Date
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer II Men's Stainless Steel Watch 216570 Black Dial with Date - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal, dual time. Stainless steel case (42mm diameter)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 42 White Dial Orange Hand Steel Mens Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II 42 White Dial Orange Hand Steel Mens Watch 216570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 42.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Explorer II GMT Stainless Steel White Dial Automatic Men's Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Explorer II 216570 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II GMT Stainless Steel White Dial Automatic Men Watch 216570
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Display Model Discontinued Rolex Explorer II GMT Stainless Steel White Dial Automatic Men's Watch 216570. 2021 Card. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Case with a S...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Parachrom Hairspring Mens Watch 16570 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Parachrom Hairspring Mens Watch 16570 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with Parachrom Blue hairspring. Stainless steel ca...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 216570BKSO
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch. The Watch Bezel Show Some Minor Dents and Micro Scratches. No Original Box and Papers are Included. Come...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel 116900 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: COM2039 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer I Model Reference: 116900 Age: 25th February 2018 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Purple And Gre...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer i Stainless Steel 116900 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: COM2038 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer I Model Reference: 116900 Age: 21st September 2018 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Black Arabic ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Rolex Explorer Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate rolex explorer watch for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Stainless Steel, Steel and 18k Gold — can elevate any look. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. If you’re looking for a rolex explorer watch from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re browsing our inventory for a rolex explorer watch, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and women.

How Much is a Rolex Explorer Watch?

Prices for a rolex explorer watch can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $2,900 and can go as high as $44,995, while this accessory, on average, fetches $9,379.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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