Who Wears Rolex Explorer?

Famous Celebrity Men Who Wear the Rolex Explorer

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The Rolex Explorer is often overshadowed by the Sub’s, GMT’s, and certainly the Daytonas. It doesn’t come in different exciting colors or precious metals; there are no disruptive new designs. But that’s exactly why it’s devotees love it.

Apart from its truly impressive heritage, the Rolex Explorer can be worn day-to-day but you can also count on it when you’re in rougher environments.
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Here are some famous Rolex Explorer wearers:
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Explorer II
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Rolex Explorer II ref 216570 as seen on Prince Harry

Rolex Explorer II models that come with a white dial have been nicknamed “Rolex Polar”. The cool white dial really makes the black outlined hour markers, bright 24-hour hand, and luminescent indexes pop. This makes it perfectly legible at night. Prince Harry was even spotted wearing it while serving his term in the British Army. How’s that for an endorsement?Other fans: actor Tom Hardy, renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs 

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Explorer Steve McQueen

Rolex Explorer ref 1655 Orange Hand as seen on Jason Statham

More popularly known as the “Steve McQueen” Rolex, the 1655 has a lot more going on aside from its connection with the legend. It was the inaugural Explorer II and was specifically made for those who work in low-light conditions – hence its bright orange hand and luminous markings. It was a slow mover at first, but is coveted today for its vintage-cool look.Other fans: Orlando Bloom, John Mayer, Adam Levine

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Explorer 1016
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Rolex Explorer ref 1016 as seen on John Mayer

If you’re looking to start a vintage Rolex collection, this should be one of them. Not only is it one of the Explorers with the longest production period, it also has the original Rolex Explorer’s DNA – the matte dial, superbly proportioned 36mm case, and the characteristic 6 and 9 numerals. Given its age, it would also come with a beautiful light patina.Other fans: Aziz Ansari, Matt Damon, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian Fleming

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Explorer I
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Rolex Explorer I 39 as seen on Tom Hanks

Now if you’re vintage inclined but would like a brand new watch, this Rolex Explorer is your best bet. It keeps the original Explorer’s proportions but now comes with a 39mm case and more luminescent hands and markers. With the refinement of a dress watch and the features you need in a tool watch, it makes for a great everyday timepiece.Other fans: Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, model Izabel Goulart

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PHOTO CREDITS: Prince Harry by US Air Force / John Mayer from Fame Watcher / Jason Statham by Edwards Air Force Base / Tom Hanks by Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown, Army News Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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