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  • Rolex Explorer ‘Frozen Dial’


    Probably the most versatile watch ever produced, this Rolex Explorer features a rare and beautifully aged tritium dial.

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    Rolex Explorer ref. 14270 ‘Frozen Dial’

    • In-house cal.3000 automatic movement.
    • 27 jewels, 28800 A/h, 42 hours of power reserve.
    • Certified chronometer.
    • Stainless steel case with screw-down caseback in good condition with traces of use.
    • 36 mm (without crown) / 42 mm (lug-to-lug) / 12 mm (thick) / 20 mm (between lugs).
    • Original Rolex signed Twinlock screw-down winding crown.
    • Sapphire crystal in perfect condition.
    • T-series dates this watch to 1996.
    • Rolex Oyster ref. 93150 steel bracelet with 558 B endlinks.
    • Steel Rolex signed clasp marked X9 that dates it to 1999.
    • Original and tritium dial with superficial lacquer showing a ‘frozen effect’.
    • Original hours and minutes hands and sweep seconds. All with tritium lume matching markers patina.


    • Comes with period-correct Rolex green box and cardboard outer box.
    A bit of history about the Rolex Explorer (extract from Fratello Watches)

    The Explorer has always been a nice, simple 3-hand watch in Rolex’s sports line. It’s claim to fame, some might say this fame is second only to the Speedmaster’s space legacy, is the fact that it ascended Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. The Rolex Explorer 14270 came on the scene in late 1989 and, as the successor to the now legendary 1016, it had a tough act to follow. The 1016 was made for an astounding 27 years and while it received updates, it really held true to its original design ethos until the end. The 14270, however, ushered in modern characteristics such as a sapphire crystal, a new, faster beating movement, and a lacquered dial with applied indices.

    If the Rolex Explorer ref. 1016 was a spartan, utilitarian piece, the Rolex Explorer ref. 14270 that followed was a step in a more formal direction. The glossy dial and white gold surrounds on the indices give the 14270 a greater level of versatility and make it just as comfortable in the office environment as the mountain range. Some things, however, stayed the same. The Rolex Explorer ref. 14270 retained the ref. 1016’s 36mm diameter, but with a beefier, thicker, case design.

    The comfortable solid link oyster bracelet also remained very similar and kept the stamped, rattly end links. A screw down crown was also carried over and not changed to a trip-lock. Hands remained the familiar Mercedes hour hand, slender dagger-like minute hand and lollipop pip seconds hand. The dial, still tritium, kept the familiar 3-6-9 layout that many feel is one of the most perfect dial designs in watchdom.


    When will I receive my new vintage watch?

    We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.

    Is the shipment insured?

    Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.


    How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?

    We take charge of the difference between the cost of the insurance and what we charge you. We calculate shipping costs based on a very low insurance value so we can offer you a simple checkout process. The remaining cost of insurance is deducted from our margin.


    What payment methods do you accept?

    We accept all major credit cards, bank wire transfers and Paypal. We rely on Paypal’s secure and trust-worthy platform to manage all credit card payments.


    Can I use my new vintage watch as an everyday wearer?

    Sure. We only sell watches that are in full-working condition. However you must bear in mind that these are vintage pieces that may be 40, 50 or 70 years old. You can enjoy your new watch regularly under everyday life conditions. We do not recommend wearing your new vintage watch while performing sports or intense physical activities. Also, we cannot guarantee waterproofness in this kind of watches.


    Where do you source the watches you sell?

    In the land of the magic Unicorns, where everything is joy and bliss. No, seriously, we find most of our pieces at local auctions and flea markets. Some times we discover exceptional watches for sale at specialized forums. Occasionally, they come to us through their former owners who just want to sell them. In the end, we try to bring the most attractive and singular vintage watches to you.

    Shipping & Payments


    All orders are shipped using Spain’s Post service. You will be provided with a tracking reference number once your order has been shipped. Goods are duly packed and protected to prevent damages.

    Please be aware that we may need up to 48 hours to dispatch your orders if they are placed on weekdays. No dispatch on weekends and holidays.

    Payment methods

    We accept he following safe and trustworthy payment methods:

    • Paypal: Pay with credit card  (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or with your own PayPal account. You will be redirected to the PayPal website after confirming your order. There you will have to confirm the payment. After the amount has cleared successfully, you will be sent back to our shop and receive an email from PayPal with your payment confirmation. Your order will be processed as soon as we have received the verification of your payment. Our system will email our order confirmation to you.
    • Bank wire transfer: If you would like to transfer funds directly from your bank account, please choose this method when processing your order. Once you complete your order, you will receive an email with bank account details. Your order will be processed as soon as we have received the verification of your payment. Our system will email our order confirmation to you.

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