Jay Nunn

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Jay Nunn

Rolex Explorer I

rolex explorer i

It’s a Rolex, so it’s a pretty safe bet in terms of cache and reliability. And it’s not a Submariner, so it’s a less obvious choice and a little more understated while still being a workhorse. The only question is, which Explorer to get? The current reference is theĀ 214270 (pictured, 2010-present), which is mainly distinct from previous iterations by being slightly larger at 39mm. The previous iteration, the 36mm reference 14270 (1989-2010) offers scratch resistant sapphire crystal and modern robustness at a slightly more approachable price. The granddaddy reference 1016 (1953-1989) is a collector’s watch and typically commands a collector’s price.

$6,550 new at Rolex.com

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