Today,replica Rolex watches steel watches are so good at preserving their value that even if you realize you’re not making the right choice, you can get out of it without losing a few hundred dollars. But the goal here is to help you determine if the Rolex Explorer I 214270 is right for you.
The Rolex Explorer I 214270 is essentially a hybrid of the Oyster Constant 39 and the Submariner “undated”, with case, bezel, dial, bracelet and movement. This cleverly leads us to my point that, in terms of price and features, many people think they will get the best of both worlds if used with the Explorer I.
It is essentially OP’s 39mm Oyster monocoque mid-shell, with a slightly curved profile compared to the flat trapezoidal profile of the 40mm Oystersteel Submariner. The Explorer I has different baffles: the OP has a dome-shaped, highly polished baffle, while the Explorer I has what Rolex calls a “smooth” baffle look; it’s just as well polished, but with a flat surface rather than the raised edge of the OP. There’s no Cerachrom anywhere on the Explorer I, which means you’re sure to get at least some swirls on the steel bezel, but you definitely don’t have to worry about breaking the Cerachrom stall insert. “The Explorer I is very water resistant to 100 meters, while the submarine is rated at 300 meters. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it will indeed be a game of trade-offs.
The movement inside the Rolex Explorer I 214270 is the Rolex 3132, the same movement as the Oyster Perpetual 39. Between the Submariner “No Date” and the 3130, the only major difference I can find is that both the Explorer and the OP have “high performance Paraflex shocks”, while the Submariner with its professional dive watch pedigree, oddly enough, does not. You’ll see the Paraflex shock absorber for the Rolex Explorer in the picture below. Although they all have the highest chronometer-second accuracy (2/2 / + 2) and a 5-year international warranty like all Rolex watches produced today, the OP, Explorer I and Submariner all have a power reserve of 48 hours, far less than the new generation of Rolex 32xx calibres with a power reserve of over 70 hours. Learn more about this.
The dial of the Rolex Explorer I 214270 now features a blue Chromalight display – essentially a BGW9 luminous material that lasts longer than the more common Super-LumiNova C3, but is less bright when charged. I prefer Chromalight’s long-lasting blue tones to the temporary Super-LumiNova light show seen on Panerais and other products.
The previous Explorer I’s compact minute hand was updated at BaselWorld 2016 with the Rolex Explorer I 214270, which is not lifted from a 36mm carry tab, but is designed for a 39mm wide watch. By my estimation, I shouldn’t be using one of those small Explorer’s at all, and it shouldn’t last that long. Other than that, the quality of the dial remains very high. The 18ct Platinum Index and pointer are great for adding a touch of luxury. The hour and minute hands seem to have a slightly arched curve, which gives them a louder and higher appearance. The hour hand looks flat, but sanded evenly with dots, very cool. The icing on the cake is the laser-etched and difficult-to-photograph Rolex crown, which is present in every Rolex sapphire crystal at the 6 o’clock position. (It will be seen in the image above.) It was so small that light had to shine on the small etch in a certain way, to the point where the naked eye could barely see it by chance, but there it was.
Speaking of quality of execution, while I clearly think there’s a lot of work to be done in the crystal and dial department, Rolex has been the King of the Hill (in partnership with Seiko) split in terms of looks at four-figure prices. The overall feel, feel and look of the case and bracelet is stunning, even though they have eliminated the angled tilt of the polished lugs of the older generation of professional watches.
The look and feel of the buckle is also expensive. A large number of milled metal rotating parts have excellent mechanical resistance and close with the most reassuring click. The Explorer has an Oysterlock safety clasp, which has a second folding closure for additional security against accidental opening (the OP has a single closure). However, the Explorer I doesn’t have Submariner’s Glidelock adjustment system, which extends by up to 20mm in 2mm increments, and instead has the Easylink system, which comes with a half-link tab that you can extend or retract to snap the watch down.