Rolex replica is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. Each and every year, the internet wizards bring out their Ouija boards before the shows in an attempt to channel the spirits into revealing the next Rolex releases. Just like clockwork, these pundits are wrong on an annual basis. This year, everyone felt that the Explorer was due. Well, they were right, but the predictive details were woefully incorrect.
The Explorer was in focus this year
Firstly, Rolex refreshed the Explorer II by giving it the 3285 automatic, a slightly different case, and bracelet. That was all. Those hoping for a smaller size or a different color palette will need to wait another five or ten years. Thankfully they were wrong about a ceramic bezel — yuck! Secondly, and in a bit of a surprise, Rolex went to work on the basic Explorer. They brought it back to 36mm 124270 and also introduced a two-tone gold and steel bracelet replica Rolex Explorer 124273. The latter move made all the headlines for a couple reasons.
It had been decades since anything other than an all steel Explorer had been on sale (look up the 5501 for reference). Most saw this mixing of metals as a novel move, so it truly came off as a complete surprise. Next, the weird thing was — and still is — the fact that cheap copy Rolex really only spoke about the two-tone model at the face to face meeting Gerard attended. They barely brought out the steel 124270 variant and only at the end. Heck, it isn’t even in the press release materials!
Perhaps you own the decoder ring to better help understand the Rolex press release strategy, but we don’t. So, instead of focusing on whether you like steel or two-tone (I like steel, but pictures are lacking), let’s talk about the size change because I think it’s the bigger deal. That news relates to size and it’s a huge move…if getting smaller is big. After nearly a decade of living in an awkward, proportionately messy 39mm case, the prodigal son has returned to its rightful 36mm home. Rejoice!
36mm is where the Explorer belongs
If you’ve followed me here, know me, or see me on Instagram, then you know how much I love my late ’90s Explorer 14270 (above). It’s a special watch to me because I bought it a few months after I graduated from college. From the moment I acquired it, it lived on my wrist for the next 13 years or so and it always ran without fail. Furthermore, even though I picked up a few watches during that period (truth!), the Explorer was always my go-to piece. From a swimsuit to a business suit, the luxury replica Rolex Explorer always looked good. Oh, and it still does because it’s a modern Rolex and that means that it should look relevant for a long time. But what about its diminutive size?
I guess things have changed with how people look at 36mm replica watches, but I still remember a good friend with his frequent comments about my watch. He regularly wore a big Panerai in the early 2000’s and was eyeballing other Goliaths such as the IWC Big Pilot. Still, he liked my Explorer. He liked it because he truly disliked Rolex, but felt that the Explorer was so spot on with its understated looks and flawless symmetry. My friend wasn’t the only one who felt that way because I often got comments like, “wow, that’s a Rolex? It isn’t so flashy or bright.”