Rolex has in 2016 updated the 214270 Explorer I. The Explorer I is a very good entry-level model for many.
However, there are three references that can be confusing to some of us. The 14270, the 114270 and the 214270 are all one can consider when looking for an Explorer I. Let’s have an in-depth look at them.
1. The Rolex 14270
As the successor of the ref 1016 Explorer, it was produced from 1989 to 2001. At 36mm, the watch has a Caliber 3000 movement. It has white gold markers filled with tritium and 3,6,9 numerals. From around 1998, Superluminova replaced tritium as the filling materials of the markers and the hands. A used 14270 is around 20-30k HKD. (the older the better condition more expensive!)
2. The Rolex 114270
Produced from 2001 to 2010, this watch has a different movement than the 14270. It has a Caliber 3130 movement. Also, the bracelet has solid end links. The overall aesthetics did not change much. It still has a 36mm case. Price wise, a used 114270 is around 25k-30k HKD.
3. The Rolex 214270
Introduced in 2010 and updated in 2016, this is the reference where more drastic changes have taken place. The 214270 has a larger 39mm case. It has a Cal 3132 movement. The bracelet has the Oysterlock and Easylink for length adjustment. The updated 2016 version has a longer minute hand and a longer hour hand. Also, Superluminova is not filled into the 3,6,9 markers so that they can now glow at night.
If you ask me which is best? I like 14270 or even earlier one, then the latest Ref. 214270 2016 Version.
Good news starting last week HK has the latest 214270 stock, though the supply is still limited.