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Rolex Rolex Explorer 1 Reference 114720 ROL 755

Rolex Explorer 1 model reference 114270.

Rolex Explorer 1 model reference 114270. This is discontinued model which is the more wearable 36 mm size. It is smaller than current versions that are a few mm bigger. It is discontinued a number of years ago which contributes to its collectability and rising prices. It was originally purchased from authorised Rolex dealers 2007. It comes with the box set and the original warranty/guarantee certificate and wallet with explorer booklet and swing tag. It is an officially certified Swiss Chronometer and was associated with the 1953 Sir Edmund Hilary expedition to the top of Everest. The Explorer was worn by Sherpa Tenzing, whilst Sir Edmund wore a Smiths Everest. Pleas enote the wallet is not a Rolex wallet.


Model reference: 114270
Year 2007
Case: brushed Oyster case
Bracelet. Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Crown: Screw down with Rolex logo
Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire
Dial: Black dial with 3, 6, 9 layout
Movement: Rolex automatic
Water resistance 60 metres not tested
Others: box and papers, correct hang tag with serial number, the wallet is not Rolex
Dimensions Width is 36 mm, thickness is 12 mm, 44 mm lug to lug

£6,975.00

Key Characteristics

Brand: Rolex
Band: Steel Bracelet
Case Material: Steel
Condition: Excellent
Movement: Automatic

Additional Product Details

Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.