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These are the Rolex timepieces inspired by famous expeditions

Every watch has a story to tell and Rolex is ready to share theirs through the quests behind the Oyster Perpetual range. 

It all started when explorers would test Rolex watches by venturing from the world’s tallest peaks to the deepest part of the ocean. Through the toughest conditions in the snow, mountaineering caving, and deep-sea expeditions, these explorers were able to test and gather feedback to create the best category of watches. For example, in 1953, two explorers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made history by becoming the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This celebrated achievement led the watch brand to launch the Oyster Perpetual Explorer and the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II. 

In 1960, explorers Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh both plunged within the deepest point of the ocean (10,916 metres) at the Mariana Trench, also known as the Challenger Deep. Later in 2012, explorer and Rolex testimonee, James Cameron made his record-breaking solo dive of 10,908 metres to the Mariana Trench as well. Both expeditions were not only inspiring but an achievement as these men wore and tested the experimental Rolex Oyster watch during these adventures. Various expeditions and decades of collaborating with diving professionals later, the launch of the first Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea was born. 

These well-known expeditions were destined for a reason and wearing the designated Rolex watch proved how worthy it was for the task in the eyes of the many explorers and testimonees’. Let’s find out more about the special features of these sleek timepieces.

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer and Oyster Perpetual Explorer II

To embody the spirit of adventures, these two watches have done their part to serve their purpose. The Oyster Perpetual Explorer is 39mm in diameter in oyster steel with a satin finish. The movement of the timepiece is built with a Calibre 3132; the blue Parachrom hairspring is insensitive to the magnetic fields to offer great stability throughout temperature variations.

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer II shares similarities with the previous timepiece but here are the differences. With a 42mm in diameter equipped with a Calibre 3187, the watch also provides a 24-hour display. It allows the wearer to distinguish daytime from night-time when you’re high up in the mountains.

Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea and Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

With a 40mm Oyster case and waterproof up to 3,900 metres deep, the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea is one to notice. The Ringlock system case architecture allows the watch to resist the pressure in the ocean. Thanks to its 5.5mm thick sapphire crystal, nitrogen-alloyed steel ring and a case made from grade 5 titanium; it’s obvious how functional it can be as a diver to wear this.

The Sea-Dweller is what they’d call a technical diver timepiece. With a 43mm case and Calibre 3235, the watch is also equipped with the helium escape valve and a 60-minute Cerachrom that allows the divers to monitor their time underwater. Located on the dial, the Chromalight markers and hands are filled with a luminescent material which makes it easier to notice in the dark. 

If you’re curious to find out more, be sure to check out on the website.

(All images: Rolex)

Amalina Anuar

Senior Writer

A writer by day and spin instructor by night. Amalina fuels her day with anything that’s covered in chocolate and breaking a sweat in the spin studio. With fashion and music as inspiration, you can find her obsessing over her favourite artist's music videos or swaying to funky tunes at live gigs.

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