Explorer I thoughts

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Explorer I thoughts

Post by dukerules » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:05 am

I'm getting the hankering to sell a couple of things and pick up a 214270 Mark II Explorer. I'm sort of gravitating back to Rolex, but I'm very conscientious about wearing a watch that screams "Rolex!!" in my line of work (my ceramic Sub was definitely noticed and commented on a bit too frequently for my liking). The Explorer I just seems like an unassuming, high-quality workhorse. I know a few people here have one, and I'm interested in your thoughts on living with one of these long-term.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by smalls » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:55 am

I’ve had mine for going on 7 months now and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve had both the Mark I and Mark II and I can easily say the Mark II is the way to go. I’d say I grab for the Exp more days than not anymore, it’s just so easy to wear and it definitely flies under the radar. Lastly, it’s just as at home on a strap as the bracelet so you can change the look as much or little as you like. Would highly recommend. Mine’s not going anywhere.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Chocodove » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:04 am

I'm pretty happy with mine as well. I've worn it exclusively on NATO since I got it about a month and a half ago and it definitely flies much more under the radar than the Sub. Perfect size for me and easy to wear. I will say the text on the dial seems to stand out a bit to me since it's a vey bright white. Very pleasing to the eye, but anyone noticing the the dial is going to know it's a Rolex.

It's a tough, no nonsense watch with a timeless look. Can't go wrong IMO.
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Panerai7 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:05 am

Great watch Rahul, do it.
I tried one on the other day, if I had a little smaller wrist I'd do it.

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Explorer I thoughts

Post by fastward » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:14 am

A SubC plays into the stereotype.

I really like the Exp1. It’s understated and a classic watch.
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by JP Chestnut » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:29 am

smalls wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:55 am
I’ve had mine for going on 7 months now and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve had both the Mark I and Mark II and I can easily say the Mark II is the way to go. I’d say I grab for the Exp more days than not anymore, it’s just so easy to wear and it definitely flies under the radar. Lastly, it’s just as at home on a strap as the bracelet so you can change the look as much or little as you like. Would highly recommend. Mine’s not going anywhere.

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You have good taste. If I were going to buy a modern Rolex, it would be one of those two.

Obviously, I prefer the 36mm version, but the mark 2 39mm is nice too - and a better deal in like for like condition.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by TSD » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:30 am

dukerules wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:05 am
I'm sort of gravitating back to Rolex, but I'm very conscientious about wearing a watch that screams "Rolex!!" in my line of work (my ceramic Sub was definitely noticed and commented on a bit too frequently for my liking). The Explorer I just seems like an unassuming, high-quality workhorse.
Chocodove wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:04 am
I've worn it exclusively on NATO since I got it about a month and a half ago and it definitely flies much more under the radar than the Sub.

It's a tough, no nonsense watch with a timeless look. Can't go wrong IMO.
Always enjoy Todd’s pics of his 214270 on a nato. It’s probably the only current Rolex that looks as natural to me on a strap as the five digit Sub. No less an icon. Great choice, Rahul.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by hoppyjr » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:51 am

I love the 214270 and definitely support the “do it” position.

I sold mine because I thought it was too small on my large wrist, but now I think selling was a mistake. I’ll own another.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Chocodove » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:07 am

Mine came in “worn” condition and it’s been nice to just wear it wherever, just as intended.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by james80 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:17 am

I find they feel bigger than the 39mm would suggest. The first time I tried one on i thought it looked like a dinner plate but to the amount of dial. That could be partly due to the fact I had on a 36mm at the time.

The second time I tried on I had on a 44 and it felt perfect. On my want list for sure.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by matt.wu » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:17 am

Do it! Perfect watch to me except for the fact that I like watches with date, and there's no way you can put a date on this watch without ruining it.
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by james80 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:55 am

matt.wu wrote:Do it! Perfect watch to me except for the fact that I like watches with date, and there's no way you can put a date on this watch without ruining it.
But just imagine if they did and added a cyclops!!

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by 1954Selmer » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:04 pm

I've owned the ugly unproportioned Mark1 version for about four years. It's super comfortable, tough, unnoticed, and easy to love.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Seppia » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:26 pm

Chocodove wrote:Mine came in “worn” condition and it’s been nice to just wear it wherever, just as intended.


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Gay moment of the day: the way you manage to be “politely badass” is what I liked when I met you and the DW, and this pic exemplifies it perfectly.

Keep kicking ass Todd, looking forward to seeing you guys again :thumbsup:

Ok now that I blew you I can mention that the correct size for this watch is 36mm
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Chocodove » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:05 pm

Seppia wrote:
Chocodove wrote:Mine came in “worn” condition and it’s been nice to just wear it wherever, just as intended.


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Gay moment of the day: the way you manage to be “politely badass” is what I liked when I met you and the DW, and this pic exemplifies it perfectly.

Keep kicking ass Todd, looking forward to seeing you guys again :thumbsup:

Ok now that I blew you I can mention that the correct size for this watch is 36mm
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Cheers, Andrea :) . We are very much looking forward to next time as well :gayumbrella:
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Nomadz » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:57 pm

Great watch i have owned at least three times. Partial to the 36mm. I will end up with a fourth and likely fifth version.
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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by PGERRITY » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:19 pm

hoppyjr wrote:I love the 214270 and definitely support the “do it” position.

I sold mine because I thought it was too small on my large wrist, but now I think selling was a mistake.
My sentiments exactly. Wish I kept mine.


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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by fastward » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:25 pm

hoppyjr wrote:I love the 214270 and definitely support the “do it” position.

I sold mine because I thought it was too small on my large wrist, but now I think selling was a mistake.
Buy it, but break the cycle. :stir:

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by fastward » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:36 pm

Rahul, still thinking about getting a MM300?

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by dukerules » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:55 pm

fastward wrote:Rahul, still thinking about getting a MM300?
Ed, weirdly enough, the SPB051 completely scratched that itch. Fantastic watch.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by bpax » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:41 am

Absolutely love mine. It doesn't scream "Rolex" and as others have said, it looks great on Natos. Do it!

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Grahamcombat » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:43 am

I flirted with one for a bit and really really liked it. I’ll probably pick one up at some point. Go for it.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by Torrid » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 am

Funny enough that this thread popped up. On Wednesday I told my wife that I’d stop all buying and selling if I could get an Explorer I.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:13 am

Torrid wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 am
Funny enough that this thread popped up. On Wednesday I told my wife that I’d stop all buying and selling if I could get an Explorer I.
I said that once. About my Daytona I think. Then I bought the LV.

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Re: Explorer I thoughts

Post by fastward » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:19 am

Torrid wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:49 am
Funny enough that this thread popped up. On Wednesday I told my wife that I’d stop all buying and selling if I could get an Explorer I.
:lol:

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