Sell My Rolex Explorer

 

Do you want to know the value of your Rolex Explorer?

We can value your vintage sports watch and help you find the best price if you are looking to sell your Explorer.

Free Valuations & Sales Advice on Your Rolex Explorer

The first Explorer appeared in 1952 as a series of unnamed watches that were sent out on a variety of expeditions and adventures to test their calibre. They excelled at their intended job making it up Mount Everest amongst other achievements. As well as being a good test for the watches themselves these expeditions were an equally good marketing platform for what would become a core model in Rolex’s sport watch series. The Rolex Explorer is one of the most collectable vintage sports watches and is highly sought-after.

At Mark Littler Ltd we can help you value and sell your Rolex Explorer watch. Read our quick guide of things to look out for when identifying your Explorer and get in contact for a free valuation and some no obligation offers.

Vintage Explorer models:

  • Prototype 6098/6298
  • 6150/6350
  • 6610
  • 5500
  • 5504
  • 1016
  • Explorer II 1655/16550

Free Valuation Request

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Upload a picture of your watch & box
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Six things to look for in your Rolex Explorer

Rolex-Explorer-6610-Dial

Dial

Subtle variations in the dial and text decoration on your Rolex Explorer can help you to identify not just your model but the specific edition of that model. Things to look for:

  • The position & colour of ‘EXPLORER, if it is present at all
  • Numbers or just markers at 3/6/9 hour points
  • Is the 12o’clock triangle equilateral or isosceles?
  • Is the dial gloss or matte black?
Rolex-Explorer-Mercedes-Hands

Hands

There are changes and progressions of hand style, size, colour and decoration that can help identify a specific Rolex edition:

  • Pencil hands were used on the earliest edition
  • Mercedes hands were used from 1953–1955 onward
  • Stylised ‘retro’ hands were introduced on model 1655
  • Size & position of the seconds hand dot?
  • What material are the hands made from?
Rolex-Explorer-II-Bezel-1665

Crown & Bezel

Like with other factors, subtle variations in the crown, crown guards and bezel were introduced over the years and can be used to distinguish different models and specific editions of your Explorer.

  • Plain dial surround or bezel?
  • Crown guards were introduced from 1971 on model 1655
  • All Explorer II have the metal bezel
Rolex-Box-&-Papers

Box & Papers

When looking to value your vintage Rolex Explorer the original box and papers should be present to get the best valuation for your timepiece. If your Explorer has an interesting history or story to tell it may fetch a premium if you can also provide the proper provenance and proof (corresponding paperwork, photographs etc.).

Rolex-Submariner-5510-Tropical-Dial

Condition

When considering the condition of your Rolex Explorer first check that wear is the same all over. If a certain part of the watch shows more or less wear than the rest then this may indicate some parts have been replaced or repaired, which can impact the value. However, damaged watches can still be valuable with the right provenance.

Rolex-Model-and-Case-Numbers

Reference & serial No.

Found at the 6’oclock side of the case on vintage Rolex, the serial number shows the watch’s unique identity and age. The reference number is engraved on the 12o’clock edge and describes the model and material of your Rolex Explorer. The model and age are two of the most important factors in determining the value of your Rolex.

The Process of Selling Your Explorer

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your vintage watch is easy.

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Send us details about your watch directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your watch. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Sell your vintage Explorer

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Drop a file here or click to upload images of your watch Choose File
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Watch Selling FAQs

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Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark conducted a high value sale transaction for me acting as broker. A complex process, clearly explained at each step of the way. Great communication and willing to go the extra mile when it mattered. Entirely trustworthy and highly recommended.”

Mark Williams, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Do you want to know the value of your Rolex Explorer?

We can value your vintage sports watch and help you find the best price if you are looking to sell your Explorer.

Free Valuations & Sales Advice on Your Rolex Explorer

The first Explorer appeared in 1952 as a series of unnamed watches that were sent out on a variety of expeditions and adventures to test their calibre. They excelled at their intended job making it up Mount Everest amongst other achievements. As well as being a good test for the watches themselves these expeditions were an equally good marketing platform for what would become a core model in Rolex’s sport watch series. The Rolex Explorer is one of the most collectable vintage sports watches and is highly sought-after.

At Mark Littler Ltd we can help you value and sell your Rolex Explorer watch. Read our quick guide of things to look out for when identifying your Explorer and get in contact for a free valuation and some no obligation offers.

Vintage Explorer models:

  • Prototype 6098/6298
  • 6150/6350
  • 6610
  • 5500
  • 5504
  • 1016
  • Explorer II 1655/16550

Free Valuation Request

Watch Valuation Form Mini
PLEASE SELECT
Upload a picture of your watch & box
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Six things to look for in your Rolex Explorer

Rolex-Explorer-6610-Dial

Dial

Subtle variations in the dial and text decoration on your Rolex Explorer can help you to identify not just your model but the specific edition of that model. Things to look for:

  • The position & colour of ‘EXPLORER, if it is present at all
  • Numbers or just markers at 3/6/9 hour points
  • Is the 12o’clock triangle equilateral or isosceles?
  • Is the dial gloss or matte black?
Rolex-Explorer-Mercedes-Hands

Hands

There are changes and progressions of hand style, size, colour and decoration that can help identify a specific Rolex edition:

  • Pencil hands were used on the earliest edition
  • Mercedes hands were used from 1953–1955 onward
  • Stylised ‘retro’ hands were introduced on model 1655
  • Size & position of the seconds hand dot?
  • What material are the hands made from?
Rolex-Explorer-II-Bezel-1665

Crown & Bezel

Like with other factors, subtle variations in the crown, crown guards and bezel were introduced over the years and can be used to distinguish different models and specific editions of your Explorer.

  • Plain dial surround or bezel?
  • Crown guards were introduced from 1971 on model 1655
  • All Explorer II have the metal bezel
Rolex-Box-&-Papers

Box & Papers

When looking to value your vintage Rolex Explorer the original box and papers should be present to get the best valuation for your timepiece. If your Explorer has an interesting history or story to tell it may fetch a premium if you can also provide the proper provenance and proof (corresponding paperwork, photographs etc.).

Rolex-Submariner-5510-Tropical-Dial

Condition

When considering the condition of your Rolex Explorer first check that wear is the same all over. If a certain part of the watch shows more or less wear than the rest then this may indicate some parts have been replaced or repaired, which can impact the value. However, damaged watches can still be valuable with the right provenance.

Rolex-Model-and-Case-Numbers

Reference & serial No.

Found at the 6’oclock side of the case on vintage Rolex, the serial number shows the watch’s unique identity and age. The reference number is engraved on the 12o’clock edge and describes the model and material of your Rolex Explorer. The model and age are two of the most important factors in determining the value of your Rolex.

The Process of Selling Your Explorer

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your vintage watch is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your watch directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your watch. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Sell your vintage Explorer

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Drop a file here or click to upload images of your watch Choose File
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Watch Selling FAQs

Asset 4
Asset 8
Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark conducted a high value sale transaction for me acting as broker. A complex process, clearly explained at each step of the way. Great communication and willing to go the extra mile when it mattered. Entirely trustworthy and highly recommended.”

Mark Williams, via Google

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google