Rolex has launched some new collections for 2021 and among them is their new-generation “Rolex Explorer” with a 36mm case, which marks the return to the original size this model was released with back in 1953. A historic year made all that more memorable by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay becoming the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everst on May 29th, while wearing that smaller-sized “Rolex Explorer”.As mentioned above what once came in a 39mm case will now be officially discontinued, as Rolex returns to the historic 36mm size of their Explorer model. This newly introduced case will be available in either: Oystersteel or a two-tone Oystersteel and yellow gold edition, both with a solid steel screw-in case back.Mounted to the case is a thin polished bezel in steel or yellow-gold, which contrasts well with the brushed finish of the main case. It seems that in terms of proportions the bezel seems to accommodated this 36mm diameter better than the 39mm version. The end result is a more compact look that recalls a 1990’s aesthetics.It comes equipped with the Twinlock double waterproofness system screw-down crown, which secures a water-resistance capable of reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet). All topped off by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Time is exhibited on a black lacquered dial with white hour index markers and Arabic numerals at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The appliqué outlines of these markers, numerals and central hands can be had in steel or yellow-gold, depending on which version you opt for. These central hands, numerals and index markers have also all been treated with the intense blue “Chromalight” (which was introduced in the previous 39mm models), for an enhanced legibility.In the daylight this luminescent material also provides a brighter white hue. Plus we gotta give a quick shout-out to the iconic “lollipop” seconds hand circling about at center stage.
Rolex Explorer iN 2021