The rumors of new Rolex watches are really grounded because the big news from the brand is the launch of the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II in 2021. If one doesn’t think about watches New Explorer, then maybe you’re definitely camp Milgauss, or you’re not interested in new Rolex watches. The latter cannot be true or you will not read this of course. Props for the observers who thought the New Expedition was going to happen, especially those at Monochrome. The year 2021 Explorer and Explorer II are the top news from Rolex at Watches & Wonders, so we mainly dedicate this story to those watches. There are some staggering developments in the dial and a precious watch studded with gems, but we’ll just spend a few lines there.
For starters, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer, which we’ll call the Explorer in the rest of this article, is now once again a 36mm watch. That is down from the previous 39mm, and really reflects the proportions of the watch it first debuted in 1953. A big change to any measure of the word, this is a earthquakes when it comes to Rolex; Consider small changes surrounding small changes with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner last year, for some context. The next thing to consider here is that the change is permanent, with the 39mm version now in history. WOW editors thought the last change should have happened around 10-12 years ago, and we’re pretty sure the 39mm size debuted in 2010 (which I vaguely recall).
Now, the size is substantial but the presence of a yellow Rolesor model needs attention. No Explorer models have ever been offered in precious metals, so this is the first right. It would have been the same as introducing a ceramic chassis to the Explorer II, which didn’t happen. So what does this mean? Well, we’ll have to see it but we’ll leave that to this weekend, when we see the real watch (yes, we can see the actual watch this week in Singapore). This is important because some details, such as the thickness of the case and profile of the lugs, will not be clear until we see the watch in practice (and gather some no feedback. official). In short, you’ll hear that the motions on both Explorer models are new for 2021. This is true, but neither movement is really new. For Explorer, the current movement is 3230 automatic, while Explorer II is powered by 3285 automatic movement.
For Explorer IIThis means that the model is once again powered by the same movement as the GMT-Master II. There are other important details here, for Explorer and Explorer II. As for Explorer, the word Explorer has moved back to 12 o’clock and Chromalight is now playing (the light was previously blue as well but we’re not sure if it’s the same Chromalight). One interesting detail that Rolex fans will appreciate is at the 6 o’clock position on the Explorer II, and there’s something related to the crown image between the words Swiss and Made, which we have saved. previous comments on last year’s Submariner. We leave this to true connoisseurs, because eventually we have to turn to that few words for other Rolex news.
I’ll keep it simple and go with my initial reaction to the new dials for the Datejust 36 and Cosmograph Daytona: crazy. I can see a lot of mockery here, but just from pictures, they look amazing. None of these are completely unprecedented but we have to hold our breath until we see metal watches, for obvious reasons. Finally, the gem’s masterpieces Day-Date 36 and Lady-Datejust. This is a phenomenon, if only for those with a yen for inexplicable luxury. Again, new details matter because in the Lady-Datejust, for example, the black hour markers make the watch a real standout. We’ll definitely have a lot to say about these models in particular, and we’ll reserve our thoughts for a day later. You can be sure that this story will get some updates after we finish the live view.
All pictures are supplied by Rolex.