VALUE & RATING | Rolex Explorer

Rolex Explorer price development

On this page you will find the price increase, value development, trend and the rating for the movement of the Rolex Explorer.

The watch is made of stainless steel with sapphire crystal and a stainless steel Oyster strap. The movement is a Rolex 3132 caliber, self-winding with a 48h power reserve.



Watch Case:

39mm, Stainless Steel


Not Rotatable


Sapphire Crystal

Case Bottom:

Stainless Steel


Stainless Steel Oyster

Water Resistant:


5.900 €
(RSP 2017)



Historic price increase
of the Rolex Explorer


Trend development
Rolex Explorer


Information on the


This watch rated in
comparison to the market


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The value
of the Rolex Explorer has grown by 269% between 1994 and 2016, meaning it has almost quadrupled. In total, the price increased by 4,000 € during this time. Over the last 10 years, the average growth has been 236 € or 5.2% per year. All in all, the growth is clearly above-average as compared to our watch portfolio consisting of over 260 selected luxury watches. The price increase in 2016 amounted to 300 €. The price development implicates a strong gain in value of the Rolex Explorer.

You are able to determine growth-rates from the graph as shown by the following example:
A value of 110 in year X means a growth-rate of 10% as compared to the year of origin with the value 100 (110-100=10%).

3 year
5 year
10 year

The market achieved lower growth-rates than the Rolex Explorer over recent periods of time. However, the Explorer’s growth has slowed down slightly in average during the last years.

about the table:
The yearly average presents an average yearly growth over the given period of time until 2016.

References of this brand with a comparable value development:

Resale Value


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A second-hand Rolex Explorer today is worth more than double of the official sales price from back in 1994. Discounted over the last 22 years, the average annual gain in value amounts to 4.1%. The value of a new watch falls down to its market value after purchase. The retail sales price usually includes a relatively high retailer margin, which represents a markup to the market value of a watch. By purchasing a used Rolex Explorer at a price near its market value, you are able to achieve a higher rate of return. Therefore, it makes sense to invest in a second hand and well-maintained watch, ideally with original papers and box.

Find offers for pre-owned Rolex Explorer watches here Tip: Choose a dealer with certified watchmakers who guarantees the authenticity of his watches.

Trend Development

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The popularity of the Rolex Explorer grew slightly but constantly over the last 5 years on Google. From beginning of 2012 until 2016 the worldwide search volume has increased by approximately 10%.

The interest in the Rolex Submariner is spread globally. A majority of the search volume on Google originates from Asia, especially from Singapore and Hong Kong. European regions are following after the asian countries in this ranking. Overall, the positive trend and widespread popularity clearly point to a robust and slightly rising demand for the Rolex Explorer.

Exemplary Illustration of
a mechanical movement

Rolex 3132 beats as caliber in the Explorer. This movement has been developed and manufactured by Rolex. It comes with a power reserve of exactly 2 days. The number of jewels amounts to 31.


Rolex 3132


Self-winding Movement

In-house Movement:




Amount of Jewels:     31



Power Reserve:         48h



The amount of jewels serves as indicator for the complexity and the finishing of a movement.
Market average:
31 Jewels (Self-winding movements)
21 Jewels (Manual winding movements)

The power reserve provides an insight into the performance of movements.
Market average:
45 hours (Self-winding movements)
50 hours (Manual winding movements)

The growth of the Rolex Explorer accounts to the upper half of all price developments in our market portfolio from 1994 to 2016.

The resale value is clearly positive. The trend is robust with a slightly positive growth.

The movement of the Rolex Explorer stands out slightly in its power reserve as compared to other movements in our portfolio.

Please note:
A low rating does not implicate a bad quality of the movement.

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