Collectors live for new versions of iconic models, especially from Rolex, which means the new Explorer II – updated 40 years after its original introduction – is this year’s Holy Grail of collector’s pieces. It has a larger case – 42mm compared to the original 40mm – and a new movement, the calibre 3187, with a patented shock absorber system and Parachrom hairspring. Originally created in 1971 as an homage to Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1953 conquest of Mount Everest, the vintage design of the new model is a nod to the original, with its distinctive orange arrow-shaped 24-hour hand. While the 24-hour track is designed to help polar adventurers distinguish between night and day, it can also be used as a GMT function.
You can read more information on the Explorer II at www.rolex.com.