There’s a great deal to be said about quiet dignity. It is a quality that can go unnoticed but never unappreciated. When Sir Edmund Hillary accompanied by Tenzing Norgay, stepped onto the summit of Mt. Everest wearing an Oyster Perpetual he unintentionally created an icon of quiet dignity. The direct descendant of that watch, the Rolex Explorer, will forever be associated with this first successful expedition to the summit. The watch worn by Hillary was on loan to him from Rolex with the purpose of using the expedition as an intense R and D opportunity meant to push the watch to previously unknown limits. In a time when such adventures were a solitary endeavor, not to be instantaneously shared via social media with tens of thousands of people, there was a quiet dignity that encompassed the men who pushed the boundaries of adventure. No other watch can boast such a feat, but the Explorer is far from a boastful watch. Refined and subtle just like those who first climbed Mt. Everest, this watch carries with it a history of quiet dignity that will live on through future generations. This example was produced in 2001. This was the first year for the upgraded caliber 3130, the addition of solid end links, and the subtraction of lug holes. The stainless steel case measures in at a modest 36mm, making this a discreet yet distinct watch, perfect for every occasion. This dignified classic comes complete with original box and papers.