Among the most notable new releases of the year are Rolex's revamped 2021 Explorer models. Both references have been given a more classic appearance on the outside and a latest-generation manufacturer calibre inside.
The Explorer II, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021, has been carefully modified. The case from the predecessor Ref. 216570 of 2011 was slimmed down again as part of the new introductions. This small but subtle change gives the Explorer II (Ref. 226570) a classic attitude. This way, the watch will still look timeless in 30 years. With the 3285 calibre, the Explorer II has also received a revised in-house mechanism which has already proven itself in the GMT Master models.
Explorer – Back to the roots
After eleven years with the Explorer 39, Rolex has returned the model to its usual diameter of 36 millimetres. The overall appearance of the Explorer 20202 (Ref. 124270) is now once again based on the references 14270 and 114270 since 2021. Also, the Explorer received a newer manufacture movement (calibre 3230), which was presented with the Rolex Submariner No Date in 2020.
The crowning glory of the Rolex novelties in 2021 is the Bicolour Explorer (Rolesor Yellow). This is the first bicolour version of the Explorer since the use of the classic 3-6-9 dial. When combined with the timeless look, the mix of materials is a highlight. As such, this model is not only the biggest surprise at Watches & Wonders but also one of the most desirable new launches of the entire watch year.