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Old 31 December 2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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-- Rolex Explorer I (39mm version) Review --

Hi everyone. I purchased a 39mm Explorer 1 a few days ago and wanted to share a few pictures. Unlike many of you on this forum, I don't know or care much about technical specs so unfortunately I canít speak to the time differential or mechanics of the watch. Iíve read a few of the comments floating around the net criticizing the explorer 1 (39mm version) because the hour hand is too short (apparently taken from the explorer 1 36mm version), etc.

However, despite the negative comments Iíve seen so far, and despite having paid full retail value (plus taxÖ.painful), I have to say that I am very happy with the watch. I wear a suit most days to work and usually meet with clients or superiors who tend to be rather conservative. As a consequence, I wanted something that looked elegant enough to wear with dress clothes and this watch definitely fits the bill. Iíve received a number of compliments at work this week. I tried on a date submariner and a GMT II at the authorized dealer and I just didnít feel I could wear any of these to work. I feel like this watch is one that will keep me company on international travel for work and at the same time look great at any cocktail or dinner.

The watch wears very nicely. I owned a 42mm non-rolex watch before and I felt it was rather uncomfortable to wear. As a consequence I didnít keep it for more than 6 months. The 39mm Explorer is very comfortable (not too bulky), but big enough to feel good about it. It weighs 135 grams including all links. Again, overall Iím very happy with the watch. My fiancť also loves the watch. Yesterday we went back to the store where I bought the watch and she tried on a few DJ models and now she wants one (although before she wanted a CartierÖ what have I done!!!)!!

However, I feel like the best situation, would be to own a second sport model watch (something like a submariner, GMT or Daytona) and wear that on casual Fridayís and/or on the weekends. Nevertheless I think itĎs nice to have the Explorer 1 for Mondays-Thursdays. Anyway, I donít have much else to say at this point, so instead Iím posting a few pictures I took tonight. All comments are welcome.
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Old 1 January 2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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Nice. Thanks for posting. What accuracy she running at?
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Old 1 January 2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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Hour hand glaringly short.
Clasp fat and bulky - too excessive in comparison to the balance of the rest of the watch.
Pleased you are happy with it.
Enjoy it!
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Old 1 January 2011, 12:53 PM   #4
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It's as classy as a watch can ever be. Great choice!
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Old 1 January 2011, 02:03 PM   #5
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Wow, very nice! Congrats!
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Old 1 January 2011, 02:26 PM   #6
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Old 2 January 2011, 03:01 AM   #7
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Congratulations and thank you for the write-up. I had this watch on my wrist last week and thought it was spectacular. Enjoy it!
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Old 2 January 2011, 04:10 AM   #8
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I like the 39mm Explorer, a beautiful and durable watch. Enjoy

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Hi everyone. I purchased a 39mm Explorer 1 a few days ago and wanted to share a few pictures. Unlike many of you on this forum, I don't know or care much about technical specs so unfortunately I canít speak to the time differential or mechanics of the watch. Iíve read a few of the comments floating around the net criticizing the explorer 1 (39mm version) because the hour hand is too short (apparently taken from the explorer 1 36mm version), etc.

However, despite the negative comments Iíve seen so far, and despite having paid full retail value (plus taxÖ.painful), I have to say that I am very happy with the watch. I wear a suit most days to work and usually meet with clients or superiors who tend to be rather conservative. As a consequence, I wanted something that looked elegant enough to wear with dress clothes and this watch definitely fits the bill. Iíve received a number of compliments at work this week. I tried on a date submariner and a GMT II at the authorized dealer and I just didnít feel I could wear any of these to work. I feel like this watch is one that will keep me company on international travel for work and at the same time look great at any cocktail or dinner.

The watch wears very nicely. I owned a 42mm non-rolex watch before and I felt it was rather uncomfortable to wear. As a consequence I didnít keep it for more than 6 months. The 39mm Explorer is very comfortable (not too bulky), but big enough to feel good about it. It weighs 135 grams including all links. Again, overall Iím very happy with the watch. My fiancť also loves the watch. Yesterday we went back to the store where I bought the watch and she tried on a few DJ models and now she wants one (although before she wanted a CartierÖ what have I done!!!)!!

However, I feel like the best situation, would be to own a second sport model watch (something like a submariner, GMT or Daytona) and wear that on casual Fridayís and/or on the weekends. Nevertheless I think itĎs nice to have the Explorer 1 for Mondays-Thursdays. Anyway, I donít have much else to say at this point, so instead Iím posting a few pictures I took tonight. All comments are welcome.
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Old 2 January 2011, 05:21 AM   #9
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Very nice watch. Very discreet and classic.
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Old 2 January 2011, 06:47 AM   #10
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Hour hand glaringly short.
Clasp fat and bulky - too excessive in comparison to the balance of the rest of the watch.
Pleased you are happy with it.
Enjoy it!
The hour hand is the same as found on the GMT and Submariner models and I believe the steel bracelet is also the same. The clasp looks good and too scale on my wrist. The Explorer is a fantastic looking watch with a cleaner less clutter appearance to other "sport" models.
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Old 2 January 2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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Old 2 January 2011, 03:14 PM   #12
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Congratulations on getting the REX ThomasPP

Nice photo's and fair comment. This model will suit many who do not wish to have a larger sporty model on their wrists.

I have a 19cm wrist (7.5 inches) and it looks lost on me. I do however hanker after the REX II with the 'Polar dial'

Wear it in good health!
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Old 6 January 2011, 02:15 PM   #13
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My upcoming purchase is a decision between the explorer and O.P 116000 with silver dial. However, everytime I see a picture of the explorer, it begins to sway my decision even more. Enjoy it!
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Old 6 January 2011, 02:31 PM   #14
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Congratulations

I tried on the exp recently .. and have to say I was very impressed. I agree with many of your comments. It's a very simple, clean & elegant watch
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Old 6 January 2011, 02:45 PM   #15
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I have the smaller original Explorer 1 and it is a wear it anywhere watch.

Looks great with a suit (and would work with a tux) and looks great with jeans.

Enjoy your new watch!
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Old 7 January 2011, 02:29 AM   #16
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Nice watch, I was struggled with this one a few months ago!
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Old 7 January 2011, 04:38 AM   #17
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OP, if your fiance ends up getting something.. you better get some sort of discount. :) Where you able to compare the "matte" black dial on the Explorer vs the true black on other Rolex's?
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Old 10 January 2011, 09:43 AM   #18
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Synth, I own the 39mm and did closely compare the dial with other watches. The matte dial looks great and is much more of a black color that the brownish-tinted dials of the Milgaus. In bright light, including most jeweler showrooms, the dial will not look as black as the Sub as the Explorer takes on a dark charcoal appearance which looks fantastic. In normal lighting situations, the dial looks as black as anything else.

Others complain about it, but for me the matte dial is what makes this watch special.
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Old 27 January 2011, 05:35 AM   #19
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Thomas, I agree entirely with what you said along with Lost In Time. My wife bought me the new 399mm Explorer for Christmas and I absolutely love it, rarely leaves my wrist. All these barbs from others are nonsense.

I also own a 5513 Submariner and a Datejust 2 which I purchased about a year ago. That's it for me, no more, but again I have to say I am especially pleased with the Explorer in every way. The Explorer is my Mon-Fri wearer generally speaking with the Sub on weekends. The DJ2 comes out when I'm in the mood or when I want to dress things up a bit.

By the way, for your fiance, have her try the 31mm mid-size or the 34mm Air King models...women like the size/weight of these and they look hot.

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I feel like the best situation, would be to own a second sport model watch (something like a submariner, GMT or Daytona) and wear that on casual Fridayís and/or on the weekends.
If you like the comfort of the explorer, you can't go wrong with either the Daytona or the Explorer 2 as your next step. For weekend wear, I would lean towards the Daytona more as it is slightly easier to set once it has run down (ie: no date).

As an owner and fan of 36mm DJ and Explorer, I found that the Sub/GMT range just felt obstructive and top heavy to me. The Daytona however, is perfectly balanced and sits flat on the wrist.
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Some people are saying the hour hands are too small, I think they look fine. Beautiful watch! I have the 36mm and I love it.
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Old 31 January 2011, 04:50 AM   #22
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Good choice. I'm loving mine and can't pick fault. great size, very versatile and nothing wrong with the hands. Strap is also amazing. can't keep my eyes off it!
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Old 31 January 2011, 05:05 AM   #23
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hi everyone. I purchased a 39mm explorer 1 a few days ago and wanted to share a few pictures. Unlike many of you on this forum, i don't know or care much about technical specs so unfortunately i canít speak to the time differential or mechanics of the watch. Iíve read a few of the comments floating around the net criticizing the explorer 1 (39mm version) because the hour hand is too short (apparently taken from the explorer 1 36mm version), etc.

However, despite the negative comments iíve seen so far, and despite having paid full retail value (plus taxÖ.painful), i have to say that i am very happy with the watch. I wear a suit most days to work and usually meet with clients or superiors who tend to be rather conservative. As a consequence, i wanted something that looked elegant enough to wear with dress clothes and this watch definitely fits the bill. Iíve received a number of compliments at work this week. I tried on a date submariner and a gmt ii at the authorized dealer and i just didnít feel i could wear any of these to work. I feel like this watch is one that will keep me company on international travel for work and at the same time look great at any cocktail or dinner.

The watch wears very nicely. I owned a 42mm non-rolex watch before and i felt it was rather uncomfortable to wear. As a consequence i didnít keep it for more than 6 months. The 39mm explorer is very comfortable (not too bulky), but big enough to feel good about it. It weighs 135 grams including all links. Again, overall iím very happy with the watch. My fiancť also loves the watch. Yesterday we went back to the store where i bought the watch and she tried on a few dj models and now she wants one (although before she wanted a cartierÖ what have i done!!!)!!

However, i feel like the best situation, would be to own a second sport model watch (something like a submariner, gmt or daytona) and wear that on casual fridayís and/or on the weekends. Nevertheless i think itĎs nice to have the explorer 1 for mondays-thursdays. Anyway, i donít have much else to say at this point, so instead iím posting a few pictures i took tonight. All comments are welcome.
my thoughts exactly too btw...
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Hour hand glaringly short.
Clasp fat and bulky - too excessive in comparison to the balance of the rest of the watch.
Pleased you are happy with it.
Enjoy it!
As some say.... It's better to say nothing at all unless you have something nice to say....

GREAT WATCH!
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Old 2 February 2011, 10:56 PM   #25
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Lovely watch, happy you like it. The 36mm model is more my cup tea. The hour hand major flaw. Just too short.
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Beautiful watch! I think Rolex hit the proverbial "home run" taking the Explorer to 39mm, adding the new style bracelet, and leaving the classic dial fairly unaltered. The Explorer I dial has always been one of my favorite dial designs ever.
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Old 18 February 2011, 03:07 PM   #28
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Old 18 February 2011, 03:12 PM   #29
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One of the most comfortable watches that you can wear IMO.
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Old 1 March 2011, 02:23 PM   #30
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Dare I say it's the perfect Rolex? I am leaning that way.........
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