Friday, August 26, 2016

A comparison of the models of the Rolex Explorer I

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.
HK Snob


Lawrence said...

Hi how much is the 214270?

HK Snob said...

214270 Rolex List price HK$48,200
gray dealer price cash HK$41,000
HK Snob

Anonymous said...

how much the new rolex explorer 1 214270 with longer hands and all lumed markers AD and Gray market

HK Snob said...

AD List price of Ref. 214270 is HK$48,200
Some AD has stock now.
If gray dealer Price, now at this moment is about hk$40,800 TO HK$42,000
But My stock has not arrived yet, so price is still un-confirmed.
HK Snob

Anonymous said...

Hi how much is the price for the 214270 Explorer I and 216570 Explorer II now? It is priced at HKD 50,831.82 and HKD 63,692.88 in manila as of 24 Jan, 2018. Seriously want to get either of the two watches, but with no discount from the Local ADs, not enticing to buy.

HK Snob said...

Now Many Bigger AD is selling Sub at List price, No Discount.

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HK Snob said...

Explorer I is HK$48200 and II is HK$60500 at HK AD

Anonymous said...

Hi. Sifu. some 14270 comes with the standard clasp but some comes with the flip lock clasp. from what year they started to have the flip lock clasp?

HK Snob said...

14270 have non SEL
114270 have SEL