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Rolex - 114270 - Explorer - Mens

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Rolex - 114270 - Explorer - Mens
Name 114270
Family Explorer
Gender Mens
Movement Rolex 3130 (Details)
Years in Production 2003 - 2005
Case Diameter (mm) 36
Secondary Product Number 114270F
Mechanism Automatic
Chronometer Yes
Hacking Yes
Date Function No
Quickset No
Power Reserve (Hours) 48
Frequency (bph) 28,800
Jewel Count 31
Water Resistance (m) 100
Case Material Stainless Steel
Crown Position 3 O'Clock
Crystal Material Sapphire
Band Replaceable No



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Notes: If you’re looking for a durable watch that can accompany you into the most extreme environments, then the Rolex Explorer is the perfect match for you. Its tough 36mm Oyster case is built with a waterproof screw-down crown and resilient 904L stainless steel to protect the intricate 3130 self-winding movement from the elements. Designed for optimal visibility in almost any environment, the Explorer is built with a black dial that is topped with contrasting luminous hour markers and hands that will glow evenly for up to 8 hours. The impressive functionality of this wristwatch is paired with a sleek and classic design with a smooth bezel and a three-piece link Oyster bracelet with a sturdy Oysterclasp and extension link. A stylish watch that is ready for any adventure.

Mechanism: The 3130 is the sister movement to the 3135. The 3135 was introduced in 1988, but for some reason the 3130, although simpler due to the lack of a date function, was not introduced until 2001. The calibre 3130 is a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 3130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. It is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, offering greater resistance to shocks and to temperature variations. Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.

The 3130 is distinguished from the 3000 by several features; whilst it still beats at 28,000bph it now uses a balance bridge rather than a balance cock and also has a Breguet overcoil hairspring; this means that now all Rolex movements will feature these two company signatures. Also introduced on the 3130 are a new style of reversers for the automatic movement; these are much more efficient than the ones currently used and are an offshoot of the ones introduced 2 years ago on the 2235 lady’s movement. It can safely be assumed that the new reversers will gradually be introduced across the rest of the range, but it is rare that the “base” movement gets technological advances before the more “high end” variants.

Hacking: When moving the crown from position 3 (hand setting) to position 2 (manual winding), the second hand resumes operation before the crown actually 'clicks' into position 2. And if you release pressure before the crown clicks into position 2, but after the second hand resumes, the crown springs back out and the second hand hacks again. The pressure on the balance through the "stop seconds lever"/"balance stop spring" can be released and reapplied before the crown/stem moves into the indexed position. This happens if you hesitate while pushing/pulling the crown/stem into position allowing the balance to start and stop before the crown/stem locates. The hacking mechanism uses a thin, flat brass plate to put pressure on the balance wheel. When the pressure is removed the watch resumes ticking which apparently is not at the same time the crown clicks into position.

Family Notes: Rolex presented the first very Explorer in 1953 to commemorate Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s pioneering climb to the 8,848-meter summit of Mount Everest, the earth’s highest mountain. Over 60 years later, the Explorer still remains a very popular choice among Rolex’s collection of sports watches.

The Explorer was based on the already existing and sturdy Bubbleback series of watches, which has been modified by Rolex for its more audacious clients. In 1952, the references 6098 and 6150 (both using the A296 movement) were in fact the first prototype watches to be used by climbers; they were watches with white dials and leaf shaped hands, which didn’t bear the name Explorer yet. In 1953, these models became the references 6298 and 6350, when they were fitted with the typical Explorer-type 3-6-9 dial and later with the Mercedes hands. Before Hillary and Norgay climbed the Everest, Rolex didn’t name their watches Explorer. Although Rolex registered the Explorer trademark on January of 1953, the Explorer gained its name after Hillary and Norgay climbed up the Everest and “Explorer” began to be added on the Ref. 6350, at the end of 1953.


Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-04 09:44:50. Last edited by gdm on 2018-12-12 09:49:50

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