Wednesday, April 07, 2021






Rolex is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex Explorer II by updating the 42MM Rolex Explorer II with a new movement, thinner lugs, a wider bracelet—and on the black dial version, Rolex switched the black-and-orange hand with a completely orange hand, which looks a zillion times better, as pictured above and below. 


Below we see all four of Rolex's new Explorer models which include the return of the 36MM Explorer in stainless as well as a new twist with a two-tone 36MM Explorer which has a very vintage looking 'gilt' dial vibe. 

The Rolex advertorial seen below was published 3 days after Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Everest.

You can learn all about the history of the Rolex Explorer by checking out my 8 Part story named "The Complete History: Rolex Conquers Mount Everest." You can also learn all about Tenzing Norgay who was the first to conquer Mount Everest.

1957 Rolex Mount Everest Ad

1964 Rolex Explorer

On Top Of The Matterhorn

1968 Rolex Explorer Ad

This amazing Rolex Explorer Ad appears courtesy of

1978 Dan McCullin

Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand 

Reference 1655

1997 Adrienne Vittadini
 Rolex Explorer Ad

Vintage Rolex Explorer Ad
Conquering Mount Everest