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Although perhaps one of Rolex’s slightly less well known models, it is actually one of their oldest as, from as far back as the 1930s, Rolex was equipping explorers, mountaineers and adventurers of all kinds with watches in their then-new Oyster case. The feedback from the tops of peaks and the polar ice caps is what directly led to the development of the Explorer in 1953 and the 1972 Explorer II.

The main difference between the two versions,(other than size) is that the Explorer II is fitted with 24-hour hand and fixed bezel, helping would-be adventurers tell the difference between day and night, however both watches are built to survive any and all conditions!