Rolex and exploration

    8 December 2016

    At Rolex, we believe in the spirit of adventure that lies within each man and woman. This innate potential gives incredible individuals the courage to follow their passion and reach beyond the limits of their own mental confines. Discover the Rolex World of Exploration.


    On 29 May 1953, two men fired with extraordinary determination were the first to reach Mount Everest’s 8,848-metre summit. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, members of a British expedition led by Sir John Hunt, achieved the goal that dozens of other earlier expeditions had tried to reach: to stand on the top of the world.

    14 X 8000

    Considered by some as the greatest mountaineer of his generation, American Ed Viesturs scaled all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks without supplemental oxygen during his Endeavour 8000 project. Starting in 1989 with Mount Kangchenjunga in the Nepalese Himalayas, he finished in 2005 with Annapurna.


    A tribute to Rolex’s 80 year-long commitment to the world of Exploration, the Rolex Perpetual Spirit Magazine on iPad is available for free in Apple’s iTunes Store.


    The Rolex Explorer II, first released in 1971, is the natural heir to the original Rolex Explorer – yet with a character all of its own. A robust, highly refined tool, the Explorer II swiftly became the watch of choice of speleologists, volcanologists and polar and jungle explorers, thanks to its specially designed features.