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Old 16 December 2019, 11:39 AM   #1
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A year in with the 214270 MKII

The watch is simply part of my arm now. I hardly notice it on there much anymore but when I do, I still take pause and give it good looking over. It's still quite the beauty.
The outer side of the bracelet has some minimal scratching and whatnot while the case has a couple flea bites and hairlines due to normal stuff. My right arm is good at sniffing out door handles and corners of metal tables. Not sure what super power that is and what it's good for but I have it in spades. I don't baby the watch but I do take it off for mountain and road bike rides but that's because I think it looks ridiculous to be wearing a watch in those situations. Other than that, it's on wrist all the time. Heck, I forget to take it off most times at night. I will also mention that swims with me and is present for every day-to-day activity I'm involved in. I'm not a lumberjack or jackhammer operator but I'm not laying on the couch or sleeping behind a desk either.....well, sometimes the former.
Only one person has noticed it so far-a fellow Rolex wearer at work. She noticed from pretty far off too as most watch nuts are prone to do. We both wear our Rolexes while wearing scrubs because frankly, they look good with anything. She wears a 34mm vintage Air-King with a white dial.
It is by far the most comfortable watch I've worn. Even though the bracelet is made of cold, hard steel it somehow feels silky on the wrist. it centers perfectly and the weight is just enough to have a presence. I've thought about trying it on a strap but nah, not worth the effort as it looks and feels great the way it is.
As I mentioned above, the dial is still mesmerizing. I stare at it in traffic or slow times at work. It's legibility and simplicity is what makes it sublime.
It has settled in at about plus 2 to 3 seconds a day which is perfectly fine by me.

Previous review: The watch is simply part of my arm now. I hardly notice it on there much anymore but when I do, I still take pause and give it good looking over. It's still quite the beauty.
The outer side of the bracelet has some minimal scratching and whatnot while the case has a couple flea bites and hairlines due to normal stuff. My right arm is good at sniffing out door handles and corners of metal tables. Not sure what super power that is and what it's good for but I have it in spades. I don't baby the watch but I do take it off for mountain and road bike rides but that's because I think it looks ridiculous to be wearing a watch in those situations. Other than that, it's on wrist all the time.
It is by far the most comfortable watch I've worn. Even though the bracelet is made of cold, hard steel it somehow feels silky on the wrist. it centers perfectly on the wrist and the weight is just enough to have a presence. I've thought about trying it on a strap but nah, not worth the effort as it looks and feels great the way it is.
As I mentioned above, the dial is still mesmerizing. I stare at it in traffic or slow times at work.
It has settled in at about plus 2 to 3 seconds a day which is perfectly fine by me.

If your on the fence about getting one, get off the fence because it's creasing your butt. Go grab one as you will be happy you did.

Previous review:https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=714037
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Old 18 December 2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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nice review and explorer. enjoy it.
I’ve owned mine for 2.5 years, it’s
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Old 23 December 2019, 04:38 PM   #3
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even though the bracelet is made of cold, hard steel it somehow feels silky on the wrist. It centers perfectly and the weight is just enough to have a presence. I've thought about trying it on a strap but nah, not worth the effort as it looks and feels great the way it is..
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Old 24 December 2019, 07:12 AM   #4
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Agree on just about everything you said, most comfy (balanced on the wrist) Rolex I've owned. Mine stays on at all times unless I'm sleeping or riding!
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Old 24 December 2019, 07:15 AM   #5
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Same here, part of my arm. Only noted when missing
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Old 4 January 2020, 05:46 PM   #6
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Old 9 January 2020, 10:40 AM   #7
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Excellent review, OP! It is reports like this one that helped convince me to get this watch. I really dig it a lot. And one of the best things to me is that the Explorer I doesn't scream "Rolex" when you wear it. I prefer for my watches to fly under the radar, so the 214270 is perfect.

It doesn't bother me in the least that it might get upgraded with a new movement in the near future (or not). I doubt that movement could be much more accurate than this one, and what good is a long power reserve when you wear it almost every day?

Thanks again for your review. It was nice seeing your one month and one year reviews. The fact that you love it as much or more now than when you got it speaks volumes.
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Old 11 January 2020, 10:15 AM   #8
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Old 13 January 2020, 12:17 AM   #9
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Old 16 January 2020, 06:27 PM   #10
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Nice review, I've owned 36mm Explorer 114270 and it's been 1 year and never missed a beat. Explorer is so versatile and actually worth being a one-watch we ever need. Great!
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Old 24 January 2020, 01:06 PM   #11
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Excellent review, OP! It is reports like this one that helped convince me to get this watch. I really dig it a lot. And one of the best things to me is that the Explorer I doesn't scream "Rolex" when you wear it. I prefer for my watches to fly under the radar, so the 214270 is perfect.

It doesn't bother me in the least that it might get upgraded with a new movement in the near future (or not). I doubt that movement could be much more accurate than this one, and what good is a long power reserve when you wear it almost every day?

Thanks again for your review. It was nice seeing your one month and one year reviews. The fact that you love it as much or more now than when you got it speaks volumes.
Congrats and welcome to the club. It's not a formal, flashy club. Just a great understated club.

Enjoy!
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Old 28 January 2020, 01:08 AM   #12
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Understated beauty.

Understated beauty is, in my humble opinion, a higher level of beauty.

Add to that it's versatility and comfort, and wow, it's something special.
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Old 31 January 2020, 06:20 PM   #13
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Nice review, timeless piece that is made to live on a wrist.
I'm with you on not wearing my mechanical watch during sports activities, specially these days where for such activities we have a world of fantastic smartwatches to chose from for the task. My Garmin Fenix got me covered during my biking, running, hiking or skiing activities.
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The watch is simply part of my arm now. I hardly notice it on there much anymore but when I do, I still take pause and give it good looking over. It's still quite the beauty.
The outer side of the bracelet has some minimal scratching and whatnot while the case has a couple flea bites and hairlines due to normal stuff. My right arm is good at sniffing out door handles and corners of metal tables. Not sure what super power that is and what it's good for but I have it in spades. I don't baby the watch but I do take it off for mountain and road bike rides but that's because I think it looks ridiculous to be wearing a watch in those situations. Other than that, it's on wrist all the time. Heck, I forget to take it off most times at night. I will also mention that swims with me and is present for every day-to-day activity I'm involved in. I'm not a lumberjack or jackhammer operator but I'm not laying on the couch or sleeping behind a desk either.....well, sometimes the former.
Only one person has noticed it so far-a fellow Rolex wearer at work. She noticed from pretty far off too as most watch nuts are prone to do. We both wear our Rolexes while wearing scrubs because frankly, they look good with anything. She wears a 34mm vintage Air-King with a white dial.
It is by far the most comfortable watch I've worn. Even though the bracelet is made of cold, hard steel it somehow feels silky on the wrist. it centers perfectly and the weight is just enough to have a presence. I've thought about trying it on a strap but nah, not worth the effort as it looks and feels great the way it is.
As I mentioned above, the dial is still mesmerizing. I stare at it in traffic or slow times at work. It's legibility and simplicity is what makes it sublime.
It has settled in at about plus 2 to 3 seconds a day which is perfectly fine by me.

Previous review: The watch is simply part of my arm now. I hardly notice it on there much anymore but when I do, I still take pause and give it good looking over. It's still quite the beauty.
The outer side of the bracelet has some minimal scratching and whatnot while the case has a couple flea bites and hairlines due to normal stuff. My right arm is good at sniffing out door handles and corners of metal tables. Not sure what super power that is and what it's good for but I have it in spades. I don't baby the watch but I do take it off for mountain and road bike rides but that's because I think it looks ridiculous to be wearing a watch in those situations. Other than that, it's on wrist all the time.
It is by far the most comfortable watch I've worn. Even though the bracelet is made of cold, hard steel it somehow feels silky on the wrist. it centers perfectly on the wrist and the weight is just enough to have a presence. I've thought about trying it on a strap but nah, not worth the effort as it looks and feels great the way it is.
As I mentioned above, the dial is still mesmerizing. I stare at it in traffic or slow times at work.
It has settled in at about plus 2 to 3 seconds a day which is perfectly fine by me.

If your on the fence about getting one, get off the fence because it's creasing your butt. Go grab one as you will be happy you did.

Previous review:https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=714037
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Old 1 February 2020, 03:11 AM   #14
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Thanks for the review, makes me want one even more!

I think it's still underrated and one of the best no-date Rolex (114060 is tied for me) models.
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Old 1 February 2020, 04:57 AM   #15
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Very cool clean watch. Wears really comfortably.
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Old 2 February 2020, 07:38 AM   #16
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My first Rolex, 214270 Mk2. I think it is simple, elegant, beautiful and fits the wrist extremely comfortably. A lifetime keeper already promised to my 1 yr old grandson.
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Old 3 February 2020, 01:15 AM   #17
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Old 17 February 2020, 12:47 AM   #18
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Excellent review, OP! It is reports like this one that helped convince me to get this watch. I really dig it a lot. And one of the best things to me is that the Explorer I doesn't scream "Rolex" when you wear it. I prefer for my watches to fly under the radar, so the 214270 is perfect.



It doesn't bother me in the least that it might get upgraded with a new movement in the near future (or not). I doubt that movement could be much more accurate than this one, and what good is a long power reserve when you wear it almost every day?



Thanks again for your review. It was nice seeing your one month and one year reviews. The fact that you love it as much or more now than when you got it speaks volumes.


Agree 100%!

I love this watch! Itís become my daily.


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Old 15 March 2020, 08:07 PM   #19
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I enjoy my MKI.....Good review.
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Old 1 July 2020, 02:30 PM   #20
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Awesome review. I picked up my first Rolex, also a 214270, a couple months ago, and I feel the same way. I am simply thrilled with it. I will probably never wear it off the bracelet too. Thanks for the great review.

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Old 4 July 2020, 07:00 AM   #21
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Bought this watch a few months ago, trepidatious about the fact that I usually prefer a date window. A buddy, who noticed that the fence was also creasing my butt, said "if you need the date ask a friend"
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Old 12 July 2020, 06:04 PM   #22
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Awesome review. I picked up my first Rolex, also a 214270, a couple months ago, and I feel the same way. I am simply thrilled with it. I will probably never wear it off the bracelet too. Thanks for the great review.

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I have worn mine on the Marine National strap and it looks absolutely fantastic and the comfort is superb. After a while, though, I miss just the tactility and general quality of the oyster bracelet.
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Was there ever a point in time when any of you felt like it simply wasn't visually stimulating? I guess its simplicity is a double edged sword. On one hand, it flies under the radar, looks clean, and is efficient at what it's meant to do. On the other, however, I can't tell if it will "speak" to me if that makes sense. I am afraid it's not going to make me excited to put it on my wrist!
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As someone whose been eyeing these thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like an amazing watch :)
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I have worn mine on the Marine National strap and it looks absolutely fantastic and the comfort is superb. After a while, though, I miss just the tactility and general quality of the oyster bracelet.
How difficult is it to swap out the bracelet?
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How difficult is it to swap out the bracelet?
I have to say I've never considered swapping the bracelet for a strap as the bracelet suits me fine. I'm guessing you'd need curved springbars though. The lug holes are awfully close to the case.
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Was there ever a point in time when any of you felt like it simply wasn't visually stimulating? I guess its simplicity is a double edged sword. On one hand, it flies under the radar, looks clean, and is efficient at what it's meant to do. On the other, however, I can't tell if it will "speak" to me if that makes sense. I am afraid it's not going to make me excited to put it on my wrist!
I thought this until I bought one and I'll be honest it's a real collection killer.

It's just one of those watches that grows on you more and more. I have a Sub date, GMT Coke and a DJ and I have worn the Sub once in the last year and the others are in my safe or on my sons wrist.

It just does the job and looks fantastic.
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I have worn mine on the Marine National strap and it looks absolutely fantastic and the comfort is superb. After a while, though, I miss just the tactility and general quality of the oyster bracelet.
That's a nice strap!
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