One of the best tool watches of all time, the Rolex Explorer.

The Rolex Explorer, a timepiece synonymous with adventure and exploration, was born out of Rolex’s association with mountaineering feats in the early 20th century. Its history traces back to 1953, inspired by the successful ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who wore Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches during their climb. The Explorer was officially introduced that year, designed to withstand extreme conditions with a robust case and highly legible dial. Over the decades, the Explorer has undergone several updates, including enhancements in materials, movement precision, and water resistance, while retaining its distinctive, utilitarian design. The Rolex Explorer remains a symbol of resilience and reliability, embodying the spirit of exploration and human endurance.

“I love the history of the Rolex Explorer, and I had fun with image as I included a little bit of my own family’s history. All these letters are for my Great Grandpa to other family members as he tried to piece together our family background, lineage and history.” Cheyne Walls