The Rolex Explorer is one of the most iconic perfect Rolex replica watches that the Swiss company has ever produced. It’s so successful that numerous imitators have surfaced over the years. In addition to the out-and-out fakes, you’ll spot elements snatched straight from the Explorer in numerous timepieces produced by Rolex’s high, and lower-end, competitors. Fittingly, the iconic wristwatch has an equally ironic, exploration-related, origin story.
High quality CA Rolex Explorer fake watches prototype was strapped to the wrist of Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first man to summit Mount Everest in 1953. The prototype survived the journey, and went into production shortly afterwards.
Since then, the watch (or at least one edition of it) has been on every serious Rolex collectors wishlist, and on the wrists of several other notable people including James Bond author Ian Fleming. Aside from one edition which stretched out to 39mm, the Explorer is also one of luxury replica Rolex’s most consistent watches. If you buy one you’ll be getting something rugged, compact, and with large, easy-to-read numerals at the 3, 6, and 9 positions.
Again, with few exceptions, the cheap Rolex Explorer copy watches’ look is pretty uniform. No fancy dials, no unnecessary bling. Just a stainless steel case, a steel strap, and a black watch face. For the most part anyway, as with everything — early models were a little different. The closest thing you can likely find to the prototype Hilary wore is a reference 6150. This dagger-handed beauty looks like a fairly plain Oyster Perpetual, once you overlook the period features and the black “Explorer” dial. If you’re looking for the first watch to have the word “Explorer” printed on it, you’ll want the slightly later 6350. Both of these pieces are rare, highly sought after, and will cost you a pretty penny.
Even slightly later top Rolex Explorer replica watches are very expensive. Models from the 1960s can cost well into six figures. If you just want an Explorer, and aren’t too bothered about the model, year, or exact history, something made between the 1990s and now is probably your cheapest good option. You can find more affordable pieces, but that ups your odds of getting burned.
If you are looking for “cheap” vintage 1:1 Rolex Explorer super clone watches, you should probably avoid models with the reference 5500. Although 5500s are some of the most affordable Explorers on the market, they shared a case and movement with the much cheaper Rolex watch — the Air King. As a result, plenty of people buy a vintage Air King and a matching Explorer dial before selling it on for a good profit. Without the original paperwork, even experts will struggle to spot the difference between the two replica Rolex watches online.
You can also celebrate Rolex fake watches for sale making it to the top of the world’s highest peak while avoiding Rolex altogether. It turns out an early version of the Explorer wasn’t the only thing that made it to the top of Everest in the early 1950s.