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Oyster Perpetual Explorer

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer embodies the spirit of adventure and the perseverance that lies behind every exploit. On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach Everest’s 8,848-metre summit. This remarkable human adventure also served to reinforce the reputation of the Oyster watches that equipped the expedition. The Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 in the wake of the successful ascent of the world’s highest mountain, soon acquired iconic status.



The Explorer typifies the privileged relationship that has always bound Rolex and exploration. Since the late 1920s, Rolex has been using the world as a laboratory in which to test its watches under real conditions. This pioneering spirit prompted the company to equip numerous Himalayan expeditions, whose observations have had a direct impact on the development of Oyster watches and the quest for greater precision, robustness and reliability.



As it has evolved, the Explorer has remained faithful to its heritage and unique identity while encompassing Rolex’s technological innovations, such as the Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. Since 2010, it has been a bolder watch in a slightly larger 39 mm case. The Chromalight hour markers, emblematic 3, 6 and 9 and hands stand out in contrast on the sleek dial. They are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting blue glow that offers excellent legibility even in the dark.



Like all watches in the Oyster collection, each Explorer is certified as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards.



The Explorer is equipped with calibre 3132, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable.

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Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.