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Rolex Updates The Explorer Watch With A Smaller Case & Splashes Of Gold

For the first time in its history, the Rolex Explorer is going gold. The most utilitarian offering from the Swiss luxury watchmaker has only ever been offered in stainless steel since its introduction in 1953, but that’s changing with the new-for-2021 Rolex Explorer, which is now available in a two-tone Rolesor gold option.

The new Explorer has seen a slew of updates beyond the new material. The watch has been resized from 39mm back down to 36mm — the size of the original Explorer from nearly 70 years ago. It also now has a lacquered dial, brighter and longer-lasting lume, a new dial text arrangement, and the upgraded Calibre 3230 movement that boosts the power reserve from 48 to 70 hours. But the most head-turning feature is certainly the Rolesor option, which combines Oystersteel with 18 ct yellow gold. And for you purists, don’t worry, the new Explorer is available in a good old-fashioned all-steel variant, too. Rolex has also updated the Explorer II with the same lacquered dial and lume upgrades as its sibling — plus the fancy Calibre 3285 movement borrowed from the GMT Master II. All new Explorers are available now from Rolex, starting at $6,450.

Purchase: $6,450+