Who Wears Rolex Explorer?

Rolex Explorer Watches

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.

Here are some famous Rolex Explorer wearers:


Rolex Explorer II 42 White Polar Dial Orange Hand Steel Mens Watch 216570


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. Video from Forces TV on YouTube




Rolex Explorer II Steve Mcqueen Vintage Steel Watch 1655


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. Photo from Jason Statham on Instagram




Rolex Explorer Vintage Steel Watch 1016 Year 1958



Rolex Explorer ref 1016 as seen on Sir Ian Fleming

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: John Mayer, Aziz Ansari, Matt Damon, Orlando Bloom




Rolex Explorer I 39mm Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 214270



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. Photo from Tom Hanks on Instagram


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